Go on then! Shoot me! Go on!! Shoot me, you f**king coward! You haven't got the f**king guts!!
~ Michael Jennings to Forrest Taft
Michael Jennings is the main antagonist in the 1994 film On Deadly Ground.
He is portrayed by Michael Caine.
Jennings is a dark-haired, exceedingly well-dressed and well-groomed English oil tycoon who owns Aegis Oil. He is a smooth talker and seasoned conman: in public he seethes false benevolence, presenting himself as a humanitarian and a champion of the environment; in private he is short-tempered, extremely pampered and verbally abusive. His chief of security, MacGruder, is equally reprehensible. He also berates MacGruder for killing Silook.
Jennings is almost supernaturally greedy and will do absolutely anything it takes to retain his oil rights in Alaska, including murdering his own workers, hiring mercenaries, manipulating the authorities, and cutting corners on his oil rigs to the point of ecological cataclysm. His reformed dirty deeds man Forrest Taft turns on him and rigs the faulty Aegis One oil rig to implode and go offline.
Jennings is killed when Taft drops him into a vat of his own oil, where he presumably drowns.
Jennings speaking with his associate Forrest Taft
Jennings filming an advert for Aegis Oil
Jennings discussing his concern regarding his company's oil rights
Jennings sending his henchman MacGruder to take care of Hugh Palmer
Jennings talks with Taft before trying to have him killed
Jennings at an Aegis Oil public hearing
Jennings sends his men to hunt down Taft
Jennings waiting for Aegis 1 to go online
Jennings is strung up by Taft and Masu above a vat of oil