Wanted: Dead or Alive (1987 film)

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Wanted: Dead or Alive
Wanted doa poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byGary Sherman
Produced byRobert C. Peters
Written byMichael Patrick Goodman and
Brian Taggert &
Gary Sherman
Music byJoe Renzetti
CinematographyAlex Nepomniaschy
Edited byRoss Albert
Distributed byNew World Pictures
Release date
  • January 16, 1987 (1987-01-16)
Running time
104 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$7,555,000 (US)

Wanted: Dead or Alive is a 1987 action film directed by Gary Sherman and starring Rutger Hauer as Nick Randall, the descendant of the character Josh Randall, played by Steve McQueen in the 1958 television series of the same title.


Nick Randall is a Los Angeles-based bounty hunter and an ex-CIA operative, who is asked by a former co-worker to help track down terrorist Malak Al Rahim. However, Malak Al Rahim is also looking for Randall, and Randall's employers tell him where to find him. This results in the death of his best friend, Sgt. Danny Quintz, and his girlfriend Terry, eventually forcing a showdown on the waterfront.

In the end Randall brings out Rahim handcuffed with a grenade jammed in his mouth. Randall explains to his bosses that they should send his payment to the family of Danny Quintz and he will just keep the extra bonus for bringing him in alive. As he starts to leave, he says, "Fuck the bonus" and pulls the grenade pin out. Rahim's head is blown off and his decapitated body falls to the ground.


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