On Deadly Ground
On Deadly Ground (1994)

Action star Steven Seagal makes his directorial debut in this environmentally conscious actioner. He also stars as a former government operative who heads into the Alaskan wilderness to protect land sacred to the Eskimos from the rapacious… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: February 18, 1994
DVD Release Date: May 18, 1999
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

What a Renaissance Man, that Steven Seagal. He lumbers, he sermonizes, he directs!

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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly

''I didn't want to resort to violence. I didn't have a choice,'' [Seagal] says; a greater man might have said, ''Make my day.''

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Stephen Hunter
Baltimore Sun

They may have to write a new book of Ecclesiastes to account for this one: the old "Vanity of Vanities, All is Vanity" just doesn't go far enough.

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

Unfortunately Seagal, who also makes his directing debut with this script, is no match for Caine. His on-screen personality is petulant and humorless, his voice so grating you want to reach for a mute button.

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Leonard Klady

This is a vanity production parading as a social statement.

Kim Newman
Empire Magazine

The fuzzy thinking allows for gorgeous outdoor photography and a few too many dead spots, but Seagal the director shows real muscle by staging one of the screen's best-ever exploding helicopters.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

Although you could certainly wish that Seagal and his writers... could have found less preachy ways to express themselves, On Deadly Ground is otherwise lively entertainment for action fans.

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Nigel Floyd
Time Out

In contrast to his short, sharp fighting style, Seagal's presentation of the human conflicts and underlying issues consists of vague, sweeping gestures.

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Roger Hurlburt
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

On Deadly Ground is a pip. Beautifully photographed by Ric Waite and handsomely produced, it surely is the most ambitious and the best Seagal movie to date.

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Flixster Audience Score: 34% Flixster User Reviews
Jason Owens
"On Deadly Ground" is definitely not one of Steven Seagal's best movies. In this movie, he stars as an oil rig worker who is environmentally… More
Dean McKenna
I see director-star Steven Seagal has come up with a martial arts movie with an environmental message.
Derek Daniels
An environmental message wrapped up in a typical Seagal movie. Michael Caine is in this, but then again so are half the movies ever made and he still manages to… More
danny d
really good flick
Ken Stachnik
Oh Michael Caine...I guess everyone needs a little coke and whore money.
xGary Xx
Steven Seagal expresses his love of the environment by blowing stuff up and killing off a vast number of extras in his usual dour and bone headed way.… More