Man Movie Encyclopedia: Marked for Death

Movie: Marked for Death
Star: Seagal
Year: 1990
Director: Dwight H. Little

You mark Seagal for death, then you better get a second marker…to…uh… make a mark for death…because you’re gonna need one too!

The first Man Movie entry done via a request, so keep’em coming kids, I’m always happy to oblige.

I was stoked that Marked for Death was requested, because any time I watch a Seagal film, his early 90’s work, I get a mad movie boner. Seagal’s first 7 films [8 if you count Executive Decision] were 5 star, super fucking fantastic action films. Honestly, Seagal could be my favorite, because his movies know exactly what they are, and don’t try any bullshit with you. Now let’s get down to business…

Seagal is a DEA Agent who goes by the name John Hatch, I believe this was the start of Seagal’s run of being named John in his films, which I think he has a total of 59 times being named John. Anyways, in the beginning he’s chasing Danny Trejo, which let’s you know right away that bad-asses belong in this film. Afterwards he heads to where he’s suppose to be undercover, and do a drug by, but thankfully things go array so Seagal can beat some ass and kill some people. His partner is killed, and this bums him out. So he retires.

Back in Chicago, he visits his family, which happen to be his sister and her daughter. After this meeting he heads over to the high school to meet his former army buddy who’s now the highschool football coach. While there, we see some kindly Jamaican fellows selling drugs to some seedy high school white kids. The Coach doesn’t have too many nice things to say about them, and would prefer they just don’t come around.

Later in the evening, Seagal and his buddy are stone cold chilling at a bar when all of a sudden some Jamaican dudes bust in and shoot up some Colombian drug dealers. Seagal is fucking stoked because he was getting pretty pissed that no one was causing some shit to go down. So, he intercedes and whoops on one of the Jamaican dudes who promise vengeance for his interference.

A couple days later he’s chilling at his sister’s place when a drive by happens, her daughter is hit and they rush to the hospital. Seagal finally has a reason to start beating the fuck out of some people, and I couldn’t be more excited.

Later that evening Seagal hunts down a mafioso who’s been selling guns to the Jamaicans, and demands info. The guy is rocking a pair of black speedos and a wife beater, and chilling with two hooker, so you know he’s too awesome to talk. Seagal’s got a bullet in the head for his ill cooperation.

We find out that the man running this operation is a Jamaican named Screwface, he’s learned in the art of voodoo, and always carries a sword with him. I use to sell drugs, and that must be where I failed, no voodoo dolls and no katanas.

Seagal and his buddy find out where Screwface’s crew is slanging, and approach them for a little info on his where abouts. They don’t want to give it up, and he’s understanding. So it’s an awesome car chase that ends up crashing through some windows of a department store and then having quite the gun fight. That’s what I like, when coppers aren’t afraid to just unload full clips and shells into a crowd of pussy-assed innocents in order to gun down the baddies. After all this shit gets handled, a Jamaican cop who’s been following Screwface for 5 years joins up with Seagal and his buddy to form an awesome Justice League sorta thing. They find out that Screwface has flown to Jamaica already, and it’s time for them to catch up.

They buy some cool guns, and then have to create silencers and such for’em. It’s funny because they’re total bad-asses and such, yet they’re making sure to wear safety goggles at all times. I’m sure it was just some stupid bullshit that the studio wanted. I bet Seagal wanted to film the scene with his eyes taped open, with NO eye-wash station near. That’s how real men get down.

Once they’re there, they get shit done. Now, heading back to Chi-Town, they make an offer to the fellow dealers that if they get out of town before the day is up, they won’t die. Screwface shows up to piss on the wheaties, and what follows is a pretty decent sword fight between him and Seagal. I’m not much one to ruin things, but I will say that Screwface get’s one of the harshest deaths I’ve ever seen in a movie. I mean, Seagal does something to him that’s like, he’s dead. Then does another something that kills him, then does ANOTHER something that kills him. It’s fucking awesome.

Official Man Movie Encyclopedia Tally:
1-Liners: 4
Guys Beat Up: 17
Guys Killed: 29
Swear Words: 27
Boobies: 11
Explosions: 2
Slow-Motion Scenes: 15
Foot Chase: 2
Car Chase: 1
Broken Bones: 4
Fight/Shoot-Out At Motel?: Yes
Guy Get Girl?: No
Guy Smoke?: No

You a dead man!
John: So, what else is new?

Jimmy Fingers: I’m a made fuckin’ man!
[John puts a bullet into his dome]
John: God made man.

[after dealing with some bad-dudes, Seagal shoots one in the dome, throws the other out the window. He gets back to the car where his buddy is waiting]
Max: Well?
John: One thought he was invincible, the other thought he could fly.
Max: So?
John: They were both wrong

[after killing Screwface for a seemingly 2nd time]
John: I hope there weren’t triplets

Box-Office Business:
It’s budget was 12 million, and it was the number 1 movie in the country, bringing in a total of 46 million.

There’s been a lot of dispute between two of the co-writers and Seagal over who actually wrote the film. Seagal says they wrote a draft, and that he re-wrote about 93% of it.

Movie was originally titled Screwface. However, I don’t think the tag-line “Steven Seagal is Screwface” would have really worked. As you’ll notice, the first 3600 of Seagal’s films had titles that could be a statement. Steven was always “something”…he was either Above the Law, or he was Hard to Kill, or Out For Justice, and often times he was Under Siege.



5 out of 5 Head-Butts.

As I’ve said before, straight out of the gate, for a good 6-7 years, Seagal pumped out nothing but ass-busting classics. Had I been this age when Seagal was crushing colons in theaters, I guarantee you I would be a 69th Dan in Akido, and chilling in Bangkok or something doing bad-ass CIA work with a pony-tail. But I digress, this movie is fucking awesome, a total classic and one of Seagal’s finest. It’s an awesome film that fucking rocks.


~ by Caliber Winfield on August 21, 2011.

6 Responses to “Man Movie Encyclopedia: Marked for Death”

  1. Requests? Where is my maximum overdrive request?

  2. Awesome!

    That was me asking for him to review this Mike.

  3. Thanks for doing the review John, I thought this movie was pretty cool and had some nice action scenes.

  4. You’re more than welcome, my friend.

    As stated, anytime I get to watch Seagal, it’s a great day at the office.

    I thought the twist with having two Screwfaces was pretty damn cool.

  5. Ah so there were two of them, I didn’t get that the first time, was a bit confused.

  6. Yeah, I also loved that when Screwface was killed a second time, he was fucking KILLED. I mean, his eyes get gouged out, then his back is broken, then he’s thrown down a fucking elevator shaft and get’s imapled! I mean, holy shit…

    Since you dig Seagal, there’s an awesome film of his on netflix stream called Under Siege 2. It’s awesome, and it’s probably his best film. You gotta see it…

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