In a world where, unbeknownst to the public, all famous pulp fiction heroes are actually real, one of them - Jake Speed, agrees to help desperate Margaret Winston save her sister from sadistic white slaver Sid, who's operating in Africa.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jake Speed
Desmond Floyd
Margaret Winston
Pop Winston
Roy London ...
Mr. Winston
Mrs. Winston
Becca C. Ashley ...
Maureen Winston (as Rebecca Ashley)
Karl Johnson ...
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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 <>

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Release Date:

30 May 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Jacke Speed, o Vingador  »

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$1,943,751 (USA)

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The movie is both tribute to and satire on pulp novels and their heroes. As a tribute to these stories, the movie is set in an alternate reality where, unknowingly to the general public, all the famous pulp fiction heroes like Remo Williams (aka The Destroyer), Mack Bolan (aka The Executioner) and Doc Savage are actually real, and the novels about them are factual testimonies about their real life adventures. In the movie, the film's male protagonist Jake Speed is just one of these real life pulp heroes and even talks about his famous colleagues once or twice. However, in real life, unlike Remo Williams, Mack Bolan and Doc Savage, Jake Speed is not an actual pulp fiction character and was entirely made up for this movie as satire on pulp archetypes and cliches. See more »


Margaret Winston: Has it ever occurred to you that there might be an easier way?
Jake Speed: Yeah, so where's the entertainment value in that?
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Referenced in Remote Control (1988) See more »


Written by Dennis Matkosky (as D. Matkoski) and Michael Sembello (as M. Sembello)
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24 July 2004 | by (Indiana) – See all my reviews

Is this a movie worthy of Oscar buzz? No, but it is a fun little film.

Unlike other people's comments, I do not think that this film intended to pretend that it was Indiana Jones; it was meant to entertain in the genre of fictional hero with human frailties, and in that respect Jake Speed succeeds. No one wants to believe he exists, and he has an over-the-top archenemy, played to the hilt by John Hurt. Karen Kopins does fine as the "heroine" who just wants to get her sister back from white slavers and finds herself caught up in the strange world of a hero whose books are based upon his real-life adventures. And Dennis Christopher tries to hold the adventure together while dealing with Jake's ego and Karen's disbelief.

For escapist fun without the need to invest mentally or emotionally, Jake Speed fits the bill.

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