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Jake Speed (1986)

PG  |   |  Adventure, Action, Comedy  |  30 May 1986 (USA)
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When her sister is kidnapped by white slavers, only Grandpa knows what to do. He puts in a call to a fictional hero, Jake Speed. She is amazed to find that he actually exists, and that as ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Jake Speed
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Desmond Floyd
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Margaret Winston
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Sid
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Pop Winston
Roy London ...
Maurice
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Wendy
Barry Primus ...
Lawrence
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Mr. Winston
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Mrs. Winston
Becca C. Ashley ...
Maureen Winston (as Rebecca Ashley)
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Rodrigo
Karl Johnson ...
Charles
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Newsstand Attendant
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Ken
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When her sister is kidnapped by white slavers, only Grandpa knows what to do. He puts in a call to a fictional hero, Jake Speed. She is amazed to find that he actually exists, and that as flesh and blood, is much less formidable than his reputation. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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More than a myth. Less than a legend. And a bit too big for his boots... See more »


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30 May 1986 (USA)  »

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Jacke Speed, o Vingador  »

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$1,943,751 (USA)
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Quotes

Jake Speed: Sometimes you do things the hard way.
Margaret Winston: Why?
Jake Speed: Reads better.
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References Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze (1975) See more »

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Written by Chris Farren
Performed by Chris Farren
Produced by Chris Farren
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Not what you might expect
15 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

One of my favorite films for a number of years was "Last Action Hero"; unfortunately, Arnold Schwarznegger decided to spoil my fun by becoming a corrupt scumbag politician; so now I can't bear any film he may had a hand in.

The Adventures of Jake Speed actually toys with some themes similar to those in Last...Hero; so I was pleased to find it on DVD, so I could watch these themes played out so well.

Despite the "plot-within-the-plot" involving white slavery during an African nation's civil war, this is not an action movie. The plot that the "plot-within-a-plot" is within, is actually about a question that the film has no intention to resolve: Is Jake Speed a real person that is helping the heroine save her sister from the white-slave trader; or is he actually a fictional character (which means that the heroine has somehow entered the universe that really only exists in a series of pulp novels)? I suggest that this is not all that clearly defined in the film, and that Wayne Crawford and Andrew Lane are perfectly aware of this. The film thus becomes a presentation of what audiences may want from such a fictional "adventure-story" universe. That's actually a rich theme, the potential heaviness of which is lightened by the film's amiable and campy sense of humor.

There are weaknesses to the film - primarily it's cinematography, which makes the film look like a TV show. And the pacing does sag on occasion.

But I really like these characters, and I enjoy the adventure they live, however silly. And I just find fascinating the idea that this adventure is actually taking place in a novel.

Holds up under multiple viewings -m good show!


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