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Steele Justice (1987)

Steele is ex-cop and Vietnam vet who is determined to bring down Kwan, former South Vietnamese general and now rich and powerful drug lord.

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Cast

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Tracy
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Bennett
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Det. Tom Reese
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Harry
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Gen. Bon Soong Kwan (as Soon-Teck Oh)
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Cami
David Froman ...
Kelso
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Kay
Kimiko Hiroshige ...
Grandmother
Sheila Gale Kandlbinder ...
Anchorwoman
Robert Kim ...
Det. Lee Van Minh
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Pham Van Kwan
Eric Lee ...
New Thug
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Long Hair
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Storyline

John Steele is a Vietnam Vet who's had trouble adjusting to life after the war. He hasn't been able to hold on to a job which includes being a cop. When his best friend, Lee who also served with him in Vietnam, and who also became a cop was killed by some drug dealers he was investigating. Steele was able to save his daughter and saw one of the shooters. He later sees him and learns that he is the son of General Kwan, another person he served with in Vietnam who was running his own deals on the side, and who tried to kill Steele and Lee but Steele not only survived but thwarted his last plan. Steele suspects Kwan is involved with Lee's death but unfortunately Kwan's a respected member of the community. And Steele's former boss Bennett is not in a rush to find the killers cause investigation reveals that Lee may have been dirty which Steele knows is not true. Steele sets out to prove Lee's innocence and to get Kwan. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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You don't recruit John Steele. You unleash him. See more »


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9 July 1987 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Stahl-Justiz  »

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$1,327,740 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Before Martin Kove crashes his truck into the QUA Trang social club you can see a drive-in billboard showing karate kid part 2 also staring Martin Kove. See more »

Goofs

The Datsun 280ZX used during a chase scene switches into a 1972 model 240Z which is seen when the car rolls over. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Riot on 42nd St. (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Fire With Fire
Performed by Hot Pursuit
Written by Lenny Macaluso and John Strong, with Gloria Sklerov
Produced by Lenny Macaluso and John Strong
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Sameo sameo justice delivered
4 April 2016 | by (adelaide, australia) – See all my reviews

This straight to drive in action pic, is just your typic action fare, with some well staged action set pieces, no more. What's fascinatingly strange here, it's it's lead, Kove, who I've never seen, take the lead before, while also playing a good guy. I'll be honest, I've never considered this guy to be much of an actor, my friend, even stating, during the 80's, he's a no talent, but I've seen him in a lot of stuff. I am glad to see him in this, and really, he doesn't do half a bad job (but don't push it) as a Vietnam vet turned cop, out to bust an Asian bad arse, (one of his team you'll recognize straight out of the first Die Hard) who has slain the closest thing to family, though his late vet/cop buddy was crooked. The surviving daughter, a little Asian girl, who overacts, especially one bit of dialogue, robot sounding, when she and Uncle John are on a stolen boat, about to flee from authorities, is taken under his wing. What Steele Justice suffers from, is tired formula, and you'll feel tired and exhausted by this at the end, when he's claimed victory, killing off the bad dudes, two who went on to star in certain B grade, Wings Hauser fare. There are some dumb moments in this slightly stupid actioner. Ronny Cox, as the police commissioner is so actor stereotyped, when you look at his surrounding roles of this mid 80's era. Shannon Tweed provides nice scenery and a sexual stimulant to the film as Soon Teck Oh's business partner, and she looks so fine in a bikini. Soon Teck Oh, in a kimono, not. A weird partnership. Sela Ward as John's ex, looks undernourished. The eye nabbing performance is that of Joseph Campanella as Steele's old vet buddy, now an untrusting one. He makes his scenes, worthwhile, while another highlight of the average 80's action, is it's rockin' finale soundtrack. Out of interest this was on at the drive in, with another film of even appeal, Slate, Wyn And Me.


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