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*****SOME SPOILERS***** Eddie Cusack, Chuck Norris,is both though and
honest. During an impending drug raid on the Comacho mob by Cusack's
undercover crew their interrupted by the Luna mob who kill eight
Comacho gang members.
Luis Camacho, Henry Silva, the head of the Comacho mob vowed revenge and a full scale gang war erupts in Chicago. During the police raid officer Cragie, Ralph Foody, shoots an innocent boy down in cold blood and then plants a gun on him to cover it up. In full sight of his startled partner officer Kopalas, Joe Guzaldo.
With most of her family murdered by the Comacho mob, Cusack rescues Diana Luna, Molly Hagan, and hides her with a friend of his Ed Pirelli, Allen Hamilton, until he can get her to the safety of the police. Meanwhile at the police hearing of the shooting of the boy by Cragie, Cusack testifies that he wrote a memo some time ago that Cragie should be taken off the streets. Cusack says "30 years on the streets is too much for anyone" plus he saw that Cragie was not only a threat to those that he dealt with but also to his fellow police officers.
The Comacho mob finds where Cusack hid Diana and after murdering Pirelli who was hiding her takes her hostage. Cusack going to the Comacho mob headquarters calls for backup but his fellow policemen let him go at it alone and don't come to his aid since he broke the "Code of Silence" in regards to taking against a fellow police officer. Cusack gets brutally beaten by the Comacho mob and is told that if he doesn't bring them Diana' father Tony Luna, Mike Genovese, she'll be dead by morning.
Cusack finding out that Tony Luna is arriving at the Chicago train station from Wisconsin where he was in hiding tries to arrest him. In a wild shootout and car chase Luna is killed in a car smash up as Cusack was chasing him through the city streets. With nothing left for him to negotiate for Diana's life and with his fellow policemen treating him as a leper an not coming to his aid Eddie Cusack is now left to take on the entire Comacho mob by himself. In a last and desperate attempt to save Diana's life.
Chuck Norris's best movie by far with more story and less action then Norris movies usually have. Few as they are the action scenes are far more effective and exciting when they come on the screen. Because of the much more superior writing they don't come off cheap and monotonous like they usually would in a Chuck Norris action movie.
With great heart stooping shoot-outs in the beginning and end of the movie and an exciting and terrifying chase on top of the Chicago El Train in the middle of the film makes "Code of Silence" with out a doubt Norris's best movie ever. Norris's acting has also improved when he's directed to talk more and fight less which director Andrew Davis allowed him to do.
During the 1980's, Chuck Norris was a big star who starred in many sub par
action flicks. Code of Silence(1985) is one of the raw exceptions where the
action and story blends together. Code of Silence's story seems to take its
roots from the Italian police thrillers of the 1970's. The locales of
Chicago are beautifully shown.
Code of Silence(1985) along with Aliens(1986) contained some of the most slam bang action sequences during that period. There are two remarkable scenes that define the movie. First, the fight on top of the elavated subway. Second, the climax where Chuck takes on an entire group of villains on his own.
The sub plot involving a corrupt cop who covers up an accidential shooting adds some realism to the film. The title refers to the code that policemen uphold among themselves. Code of Silence(1985) deals with police corruption in a frank and honest many that many action specialist in the 1990's would be afraid to tackle. This is the only Police thriller I've seen where no one helps the main hero.
The director, Andrew Davis has created characters who always fight against corruption...E.G., Above the Law(Nico), The Package(Agent), Under Siege(Casey), and The Fugitive(Richard). Henry Silva is fantastic as the cool and cold blooded Luis Comacho. Dennis Farina is his usual sarcastic self in the role of a policeman named Dorato. The funniest scene is when two people attempt to rob a bar that's full of Police officers.
This came out after he had made some increasingly better films, which also
made more $$ than earlier foot-in-face efforts...His stuff like 'Lone Wolf
McQuade' and 'Missing in Action I and II' were hits, weren't terrible and
showed him on the rise. Then came this in the spring of '85, it made a lotta
$$$ and was actually seen as starting a new phase to his career. It got good
It was seen as being like a good Bronson or Eastwood flick.
Then he fell off the wagon with two more hits-Invasion USA and Delta Force, before tanking with the Firewalker and Missing III. Never recovered save for the '93- TV series. That at least is okay. Its too bad things went that way, for as Code shows, it didn't have to happen.
This is a good flick, I liked the action, Henry Silva is an effective baddie, the El-train stunts are fun, the foot in face stuff not too insulting to yer intelligence, Norris seems to show some real concern for the young gal he is protecting, etc. You have to also like the corrupt cop angle here. They didn't blow that either.
This one is good and is better remembered than you would think.
*** outta ****
As I sat down, I wasn't expecting much even with the constant praise I
read about this particular Norris effort. So to my surprise, I usually
can't help but grin, or chuckle whenever watching one his films
(humorous or not), but "Code of Silence" altered that perception. Well
just say up until that waterlogged, lonesome gung-ho final curtain call
into heroic pulp territory. Now then I couldn't help but raise a smirk,
and go along with the fantasy. What really pushes this one along; is
that it's professionally directed with balls and vigorous energy by
Andrew Davis. The well-plotted material keeps you involved, while even
following the standard textbook cop drama elements. The honest script
has some cringe moments, but never becomes brainless. Just look at the
witty humour and turmoil drama (a real concentration on loyalty from
the cops to the criminals) that's thrown in, it fits along with
everything that opens up in the meaty plot.
So it begs the question. How was our star? Norris's competently does a fine job. His easy-going nature, brought to the screen a comfortable performance, even when he wasn't kicking ass. And we know how good he's at the latter, but his acting turn here had a rather genuine feel to his character. Even though he's one man antics cross the line. He doesn't need a partner. Hell, just sack the entire police force as you can see by the results. Norris is capable enough. He got game. Henry Silva's stoically vicious drug lord villain, was a sturdy show-in and Molly Hagan admirably delivers. Ralph Foody amuses as a burnt-out cop.
Nothing about this project is award winning material, but assured catering in nearly every field makes it better than just your average cop drama. A confidently good-looking production, is filled with well-placed set-pieces and sweaty stunk work infused by its snappy pace and an uncannily, upbeat music score. The urban setting is put to great-use and fashionably-captured shots.
Quite an exciting and always on the move action yarn, which has a little more thought behind it than you might think.
Chuck Norris stars as Eddie Cusack a tough cop who finds himself in the
middle of an all out mob war one that finds him in the position of
being the only who can protect a mafia princess(Molly Hagen) from an
assassin's bullets. At the end Norris saves his martial arts and turns
into a one man army with the help of a police robot. Code Of Silence
interestingly predates Robocop and in the climax we see what could have
very well inspired ED-209, in any case Norris' stoic demeanor actually
provides the film with a hero that is quite believable and the action
sequences are slick, spectacular as well as gritty. 1985 was really
Norris' year since Missing In Action 2, Invasion USA and this were all
very enjoyable. Indeed his streak would extend until the awful
Firewalker. Code Of Silence has aged somewhat but for a better than
usual policer, few can top Code Of Silence.
* * * out of 4-(Good)
To me,it's kind of unfortunate that many people,when people mention the
name Chuck Norris think mostly of "Walker:Texas Ranger"(if they're not
thinking of the barrage of Internet facts and the Home Gym infomercials
he's been doing with Christie Brinkley),which is a shame. "Walker..."
may've offered people who enjoy their television
simple,straight-forward and moralistic(not to meniton full of
round-house kicks),but to me,Mr.Norris seems better suited for
movies,where his quiet,confident and likable minimalism as an
actor--which perfectly balance his awesome fighting skills--can go from
introduction through denouement of a three-to-four act movie involving
situation,rising tension,action,climax and conclusion,all in the tight
space of two hours or so(As opposed to a recurring character over the
space of twenty-plus episodes per season). But that's just my humble
THis story isn't particularly taxing,as following suit with many of this genre: Tough,upright,fair and moral Chicago Sgt.Eddie Cusack(guess who?)has two looming problems on his hands--an IAD investigation into the shooting of a young boy in the projects involving two of his undercovers,one of whom becomes his de facto partner,and a gang war brewing between Italian and Bolivian(?) drug-families,which has him becoming the guardian of a scared Mafia princess(Molly HAgan). Cusack'll need his not only his toughness but also his wits(And a police robot,to boot)to play both families(the Latino family led by Henry Silva,a piece of excellent casting) off each other AND dodge the repercussions of bitter,corrupt fellow cops to make sure that justice is preserved and the innocent young woman in his care is not made yet another mob war casualty.
Directed by rising star director Andrew DAvis(in another seven years,he'll helm the surprise hit "UNder Siege" and in eight,the blockbuster "The Fugitive"),this show uses A lot of Chicago--it's scenery,it's landmarks,neighborhoods and(last but not least)it's actors,none the least of which is someday acting staple but then former Chicago cop himself Dennis FArina(As Chuck's easy-going partner and erstwhile comic relief)--and it's all used to very good effect. About the only thing that doesn't cut muster here is the almost CAsio-like music that scores this,but being that this was a 1985 release,I'm figuring that this show was no more or less guilty of that than most films of the era. I got this movie out of the cheap,cheap CHEAP bin at the local music and movie resold store,and I must say that it better than makes up for the price paid. This film's been swept under,but to me,coupled with such lost classics as "The Octagon","Lone Wold McQuade" and "Eye for an Eye" are definitely worth your Norris film library,if you are so inclined to start one,of course.
Chuck's best film. That may not say too much, but come ON.
The action actually took a back seat to the plot about the alcoholic/burnt out veteran whom no one was willing to see the truth about. Great drama involving the rookie who wants to do the right thing and Chuck's reality check.
The warring drug gangs were full of clichés even if it was done well. A bit of racial profiling too. Colombians killing everybody even closely related to their nemesis. And the Italian gang just being unable to leave well enough alone. The actors here (especially Henry Silva) did a great job with the material.
A decent slam-banger with a lot of good scenes in it. And for once, Chuck's somnambulist acting was a plus. Clint was the original choice here. It's easy to imagine him in the role too. But then, Chuck always was the second string Clint.
Chuck Norris stars as Sargent Eddie Cusack in this violent and exciting cop thriller. After robbing drug dealers work for a powerful drug lord named Luis Comacho (A scary Henry Silva) there is a war going on between two mob families and Sargent Cusack is right in the middle. The one man who steals the show here is Henry Silva who brings a memorable performance as the ruthless Louis Comacho. Silva would team up again with director Davis for yet another great action film "Above The Law" (1988-"Nico") this time starring Steven Seagal. Unlike other action films of it's time, this film, in addition to the well executed action sequences has a fairly interesting plot too. Director Andrew Davis shows a lot of talent in his early film and Chuck Norris also has a few scenes to show his amazing skill in Kung Fu. I highly recommend this film and for what it is I give it 10/10.
This movie was made right at the time I call "the peak" of Chuck Norris's career. I was really quite surprised at the 5.6 rating this movie got from viewers. As far as Norris goes, this is really good stuff. He uses many classic one liners, always staying a step ahead of Victor Camacho and "Crazy" Tony Luna's bunch. If you enjoy the "honest cop" movies, this should be near the top of your list. I would rate it right there with Clint Eastwood's performance in "Magnum Force". To top it all off, the soundtrack is really a typical 80's theme. I really wish someone would release the music from some of Chuck's movies, like Delta Force.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
CODE OF SILENCE was a breakthrough movie for Chuck Norris. After a string of schlock action films for CANNON FILMS and GOLAN/GLOBUS, Chuck graduated to "A" list action fare only to backslide one film later with INVASION USA. Norris plays the toughest, most honest cop in Chicago in a role that was originally written for Clint Eastwood. There is a mob war raging in town, and Norris must save the innocent daughter of a mob boss who is abducted by the evil HENRY SILVA, and his mafia hordes. There's one problem.....Norris has taken the moral high road with his cop buddies in a subplot involving the accidental shooting of a innocent youth by a buddy cop....a crime that is covered up. All Norris's cop peers hate his guts for violating the "code of silence" and now he has no backup at all. He's alone. To make matters worse he gets partnered with the rookie "wet nose" detective, who saw the accidental shooting, and caved into peer pressure to hush up the crime. The rookie's conscience is eating him alive. Norris is a voice of reason to a mind, trying to decide if he should rat out the cop who shot the kid. The one scene that sums up the whole film is the scene where Norris's character is walking out of a police hearing and all these cops are jeering him. One of them yells, "you want to take on the world by yourself? Here's your chance." He walks out unshaken. It's a great scene. Of key note are the films fight on Chicagos "L" transit train system and the climax involving the PROWLER weapons system....an ACTUAL weapons system by the way. Watch for a scene involving JOHN MAHONEY of FRASIER fame...he has a memorable role as a salesman, in the scene that introduces the PROWLER. Joseph Guzaldo also does a good job playing the cop torn between peer pressure and the truth. The film's on flaw is the well filmed, yet RAMBOISH, end. If you want a cop movie set in the WINDY CITY that reads like a western......check out CODE OF SILENCE.
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