Drive (1998 film)

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Film poster
Directed by Steve Wang
Written by Scott Phillips
Starring Mark Dacascos
Kadeem Hardison
Brittany Murphy
Tracey Walter
John Pyper-Ferguson
Music by Walter Werzowa
Cinematography Michael Wojciechowski
Editing by Ivan Ladizinsky
Release dates August 11, 1998
Running time 99 minutes original cut
112 min director's cut
Language English
Budget $3.5 million

Drive is a 1998 cult action film starring Mark Dacascos, Kadeem Hardison, Tracey Walter, John Pyper-Ferguson, Brittany Murphy, and Masaya Kato. The film was directed by Steve Wang with stunt work/fight choreography done by Koichi Sakamoto. Like most of Wang's films at the time, Drive went straight-to-video but received a cult following afterwards.


A machine/human hybrid prototype formerly working for the Red Chinese, Toby Wong, forces a down-on-his-luck, extroverted songwriter named Malik Brody to drive him to Los Angeles after their first meeting in a bar. He is on the run from hitmen—a hillbilly assassin/bounty hunter named Vic Madison and his inane henchman called "Hedgehog".

Alternate Cut[edit]

The US DVD, VHS and cable showings of this cult film are the infamous "Robbie Little Cut", a producer on the film that edited 20 minutes of it to a 98 minute running time and replacing the original soundtrack with a techno-based score. The UK PAL "Special Edition" DVD formatted for NTSC, includes not only a video transfer but a full restoration of Steve Wang's original cut including a Dolby Digital 5.1 remix of the original soundtrack. The British DVD release is a special Director's Cut version, containing reinstated cut scenes and the original film score. Special extras on the DVD include newly commissioned interviews with cast and crew, director's audio track, and a feature on the Japanese stunt team responsible for the film's action scenes.

Deleted scenes include: A scene in Malik's house where Malik and Toby enter his daughters' room and they talk about his 4-year-old daughter and how much he loves her. A scene in which Hedgehog and Madison question the existence of aliens. A scene after the Motel fight where Deliverance hugs Toby and Malik gets a bit jealous. A scene in which Toby reveals he has a brother and that they were both singers once. A longer version of the final fight where Toby delivers a new kick.


Additional Cast

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