Films by Chuck Pfarrer

Hollywood Screenwriter

Navy SEALs movie posterFresh out of SEAL Team Six, Chuck Pfarrer drew heavily on his experiences for his first screenplay. This action-packed adventure finds Lt. Curran (Michael Biehn) leading a Navy SEAL unit on a mission to Beirut, Lebanon, to rescue a group of American hostages. But the SEALs face an even greater threat when they learn that the terrorists possess Stinger missiles. A reporter (Joanne Whalley) may be the key to helping them track down the stash of weapons before the terrorists can launch a deadly attack. Charlie Sheen and Bill Paxton co-star.

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Darkman film poster

In director Sam Raimi’s moody, intense thriller, brilliant scientist Peyton Westlake (Liam Neeson) is almost killed by gangsters in a massive explosion. Unstable and disfigured, Peyton becomes Darkman, an impossibly strong, tormented antihero. Able to spend only moments in the sunlight, Darkman begins a quest to rekindle his love with his girlfriend (Frances McDormand), who he’s held at a distance, and to take vengeance on his enemies. (From Netflix.)

Darkman was Chuck Pfarrer’s second produced screenplay for Universal Pictures, penning the initial script from Sam Raimi’s original story idea.

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hard target movie poster

In director John Woo’s first stateside outing, a cadre of villains (led by Lance Henriksen) hunts humans in New Orleans for evil kicks. When Yancy Butler’s father disappears, she asks “ragin’ Cajun” Jean-Claude Van Damme to find him. Van Damme soon uncovers the villains’ twisted game, turning the hunters into the hunted. Brimming with verve, Hard Target builds into a bayou blowout. (From Netflix.)

Hard Target was Chuck Pfarrer’s third produced screenplay for Universal Studios. Watch for him in a cameo role in the very first scene as Douglas Binder, a hunted man whose death sets the action in motion.

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Jackal movie poster

A triumvirate of stars forms the core of this update of the 1973 spy thriller The Day of the Jackal that has Bruce Willis portraying the shadowy assassin of the title. Hired by a powerful member of the Russian mafia to avenge an FBI sting that left his brother dead, the perfectionist Jackal proves an elusive target for the people charged with the task of bringing him down: a deputy FBI boss (Sidney Poitier), a former IRA terrorist (Richard Gere) and a Russian Police Major (Diane Venora). (From Netflix.) Look for Jack Black in an early role!

The Jackal premiered on November 14, 1997 with an opening weekend totaling $15,164,595. It would go on to gross $159,330,280 worldwide. Against its $60m budget, the movie was a financial success.

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In 2056 AD, Earth is in ecologic crisis as a consequence of pollution and overpopulation. Meanwhile, automated interplanetary missions have been seeding Mars with atmosphere-producing algae for twenty years as the first stage in terraforming the planet. When the oxygen quantity produced by the algae is inexplicably reduced, the crew of Mars-1 investigates, and must continue the mission of terraforming the planet for human colonization.

Shortly after a harrowing landing, the mission’s astronauts and scientists encounter a deadly predicament that requires a race against time and diminishing oxygen.

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