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Jake Speed (1986)

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

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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
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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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Storyline

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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PG | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

30 May 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Jacke Speed, o Vingador  »

Box Office

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$1,943,751 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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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 »

Quotes

Wendy: Isn't that the guy your grandfather was talking about, the guy from the comic books?
Desmond Floyd: Paperback novels!
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Connections

References Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

After the Lovin'
Written by A. Bernstein and R. Adams
Performed by Leo Krokos
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A tongue in cheek look at paperback novels.
17 June 2002 | by (Danvers, Mass) – See all my reviews

Ever wonder where the ideas for romance novels and other paper back released come from? According to 'Jake Speed' they are based on real people, living out the adventures they write about and publish. This movie is quality family entertainment, moderate amounts of violence, and skimpy clothes at the worst. The language is is also not a problem, and the jokes are funny at all levels. This is a 'Austin Powers' look at 'Indian Jones', without the over-the-top antics of Michael Myers. I highly recommend this film for kids in the 10 to 15 range.


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