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


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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 »


Pop: There are a few, a very few men. Remo. Mack Bolan. Jake Speed. In this case, I think Jake Speed's the man for the job.
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References Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) See more »


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14 September 2000 | by (Chapel Hill,N.C. U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

"Jake Speed" was NEVER meant to evoke "Indiana Jones" in any way shape or form. This film is both a satire and an homage to the great pulp-fiction adventures of the cheap paperback literature series....ala` "Doc Savage",and the more contemporary exponents such as "The Destroyer" and other similar adventure series. In that light, the movie succeeds admirably,and should not be dismissed by those who came looking for Harrison Ford and did not find him......

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