By James Whittington, 24th October 2023
Get ready to kick, punch and shoot your way through a star-studded season of explosive action premieres on LEGEND this November, including the UK TV premieres of James Cullen Bressack's tense, against-the-clock thriller HOT SEAT, starring Kevin Dillon and Mel Gibson, and his dazzling action cyber-thriller FORTRESS, starring Bruce Willis.
From Monday 13th - Saturday 20th November there's an All-Out Action Season, which includes the channel premieres of Walter Hill's ultra-violent TREPASS, starring Bill Paxton, and John Woo's deadly HARD TARGET, starring Jean-Claude Van Damme. Other titles in the season include hard-boiled thriller BOILING POINT (1993), starring Dennis Hopper, Wesley Snipes and Viggo Mortensen.
Other premieres include high-octane thriller THE HUNTER'S PRAYER, James Deardon's murderous A KISS BEFORE DYING, Bruce Willis crime thriller MARAUDERS, grizzled wilderness drama BLOOD AND MONEY, Nic Cage crime caper THE TRUST, superhero action fantasy BARB WIRE, starring Pamela Anderson and SNEAKERS, Phil Aidan Robinson's neat exploration of cybercrime, starring Robert Redford and River Phoenix.
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Let's start on the 4th with a channel premiere, THE HUNTER'S PRAYER. Lucas (Sam Worthington), a solitary assassin is hired to kill a young woman. When he can't bring himself to pull the trigger, the plan falls apart, setting in motion a twisted game of cat and mouse. A gripping race against time, co-starring Martin Compston and from the director of Terminator 3. We have a UK TV premiere on the 9th, we invite you to take the HOT SEAT. Mel Gibson stars as Wallace Reed, a veteran bomb squad officer, racing to save Orlando Friar (Kevin Dillon), an IT technician taken hostage by a faceless terrorist mastermind. Orlando must empty millions of dollars from Wall Street bank accounts or else the bomb installed on his chair will detonate, vaporising his entire building. It's a race against the clock!
Moving onto the 10th for a 90s classic, A KISS BEFORE DYING. Jonathan Corliss (Matt Dillon) will do anything for tycoon Thor Carlsson's (Max Von Sydow) money and power. But when he gets one of Carlsson's daughter's inconveniently pregnant he decides to kill her and woo her twin sister! Diane Ladd plays Dillon's mother in this chilling, dark story of greed and murder. Bruce Willis is back on Legend on the 11th, MARAUDERS. While investigating a brutal robbery-homicide at a bank, a team of FBI agents (Christopher Meloni, Dave Bautista and Adrian Grenier) begins to unravel a sinister conspiracy involving the bank's powerful owner (Willis). The action-packed crime thriller is directed by Steven C. Miller from a script by Michael Cody and Chris Sivertson.
BLOOD AND MONEY on the 16th combines edge-of-your-seat thrills, suspense and breath-taking cinematography, as acting legend Tom Berenger stars as a retired veteran who, whilst hunting in the snowy outback of Northern Maine, discovers a dead body and a bag full of cash. Violence quickly escalates when a group of criminals in search of the loot turn the hunter in to the hunted. Nicolas Cage and Elijah Wood team star as Jim and David, a cop team, who begin an off-the-books investigation into a bailed heroin dealer in THE TRUST on the 17th. When they discover the dealer's underground safe, they hatch a plan to break into it for their own gains. But by the time they realise it is a bad idea, it is too late to turn back.
More A-list stars on the 18th in the acclaimed thriller SNEAKERS. Computer expert Martin Bishop (Robert Redford) heads a team of renegade hackers, including a former CIA agent (Sidney Poitier), a gadgets wizard (Dan Aykroyd) and a young genius (River Phoenix). But Bishop's past comes back to haunt him when government agents blackmail the team into carrying out a dangerous, covert operation. TRESPASS on the 20th concerns two Arkansas firemen get wind that ancient treasure is buried in an abandoned factory, unaware that the structure has become headquarters for a gang of drug dealers. Directed in a ferocious cat-and-mouse style by Walter Hill, Bill Paxton and hip-hop icons Ice Cube and Ice-T battle it out to the finish. Pamela Anderson stars as BARB WIRE on the 24th, the future's most feared bounty hunter. When trouble comes into town in the form of a former boyfriend, Barb Wire must decide if she can trust a man who once double-crossed her. Featuring songs from rockers Tommy Lee and Michael Hutchence.
The line between the hunted and the hunter becomes blurred in HARD TARGET on 25th. when one man fights a group that hunts other men for sport. Action star Jean Claude Van Damme headlines this action thriller from celebrated Hong Kong filmmaker John Woo. Also stars Lance Henriksen and Wilford Brimley. A UK TV premier on the 30th rounds the month off, FORTRESS. Murray Robert (Bruce Willis) is a retired CIA agent living at a secret resort. When his estranged son visits, he is followed by Robert's old nemesis, Balzary. Under attack, they retreat to a high-tech bunker. But is it powerful enough to match Balzary's bloodthirsty revenge? Also stars Jesse Metcalfe and Chad Michael.
Related show tags: A KISS BEFORE DYING, BARB WIRE, BLOOD AND MONEY, BOILING POINT, FORTRESS, HARD TARGET, HOT SEAT, MARAUDERS, SNEAKERS, THE HUNTER'S PRAYER, THE TRUST, TREPASS MORE FEATURES LEGEND prepares for battle with War Stories Season
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