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Half Past Dead theatrical poster
Written by Don Michael Paul
Directed by Don Michael Paul
Produced by Elie Samaha
Steven Seagal
Andrew Stevens
Starring Steven Seagal
Ja Rule
Morris Chestnut
Nia Peeples
Tony Plana
Michael "Bear" Talliferro
Music by Tyler Bates
Cinematography by Michael Slovis
Editing by Vanick Moradian
Studio Franchise Pictures
Distributed by Screen Gems
Release Date November 18, 2002
Rated R
Run time 98 min.
Budget $13,000,000
Grossed $19,233,280

Half Past Dead is a 2002 American action film written and directed by Don Michael Paul in his directorial debut, and produced by Steven Seagal, who also starred in the lead role. The film co-stars Morris Chestnut, Ja Rule and Nia Peeples. The film was released in the United States on November 15, 2002. This was Steven Seagal's last theatrical film in many countries until 2010's Machete. Co-stars Kurupt and Tony Plana returned for the direct-to-video sequel, Half Past Dead 2.

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The film tells the story of the criminal infiltrates a prison to interrogate a prisoner about the location of fortune in gold while an undercover FBI agent has to stop him. Distribution and copyrights are held by Sony Pictures' sister company Screen Gems.


In San Francisco, Sasha Petrosevitch (Steven Seagal) is a Russian car thief who's brought in by criminal Nick Frazier (Ja Rule) to work for crime boss Sonny Eckvall (Richard Bremmer), who apparently shot and killed Sasha's wife. After some time, FBI Special Agent Ellen "E.Z." Williams (Claudia Christian) and her team show up to nail Nick, but things go bad, and Sasha gets shot.

After eight months of recovery following his brief bout of being clinically dead from the shooting, Sasha is incarcerated along with Nick in the newly reopened Alcatraz prison.