Drive (1997 film)

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Film poster
Directed bySteve Wang
Written byScott Phillips
StarringMark Dacascos
Kadeem Hardison
Brittany Murphy
Tracey Walter
John Pyper-Ferguson
Music byWalter Werzowa
CinematographyMichael Wojciechowski
Edited byIvan Ladizinsky
Release date
  • August 4, 1997 (1997-08-04) (Germany)
Running time
99 minutes original cut
112 minutes director's cut
CountryUnited States
Budget$3.5 million

Drive is a 1997 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 and fight choreography done by Koichi Sakamoto. The film was released straight-to-video.


A machine/human-hybrid prototype formerly working for the Red Chinese, Toby Wong (Dacascos), forces a down-on-his-luck, extroverted songwriter named Malik Brody (Hardison) 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 "Robbie Little Cut", in which a producer on the film edited 20 minutes out of it, leaving 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 four-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 in which Toby delivers a new kick.


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