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One thought he was invincible, the other thought he could fly. They were both wrong.

Marked for Death is a 1990 action film Steven Seagal in his third starring role.

Seagal plays DEA agent John Hatcher, who has just retired and returned to his home in Chicago following a drug bust in Columbia in which his partner was killed. His experiences have left him disheartened; he believes that there is no way the drug flow could ever be stemmed. Alas, a confrontation breaks out between him and some goons of the Jamaican drug-dealing ring Jamaican Posse who are flooding the streets with drugs. The next day, some members of the gang including its leader, Screwface (Basil Wallace), shoot the daughter, Tracy, of John's sister Melissa (Elizabeth Gracen) in a drive-by shooting. Screwface then returns to Jamaica. John, alongside old friend Max (Keith David) and Jaimacan cop Charles (Tom Wright), embarks on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge through Chicago and eventually Jamaica to take Screwface out.

Though not quite so famous as Above the Law or Hard to Kill, this film is one of Steven Seagal's better ones; a fine example of his brand of action and which showcases him at his limb-snapping, wisecracking best.

Not to be confused with the fanfic.

Tropes used in Marked for Death include:


  • Bad Boss: Screwface.
  • Backup Twin: After Hatcher decapitates Screwface, he learns Screwface had a twin brother.
  • Bond One-Liner: "I hope they weren't triplets."
  • Boring Invincible Hero: Seagal, as always. Well, maybe not 'boring', but definitely invincible.
    • The "invincible" part is violently tested versus Screwface #2.
  • The Cameo: Reggae singer Jimmy Cliff is performing in a Jamaican club performing the song "John Crow". Bizarrely, the song was written for the movie, and actually includes the lyrics "Screwface you know that your time has come! You don't live right, you gonna die tonight!". Is Jimmy Cliff omnipotent??
  • Cryptic Conversation: Hatcher has this with Screwface's mistress when he seeks out information on the drug lord's whereabouts.

  Mistress: Screwface have two head and four eyes, and that is the secret to his magic.

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