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Above the Law (1988)

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A former Special Operations Vietnam vet works as a Chicago cop and uncovers CIA wrongdoing.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Detective Lukich
Tony Salvano
Sara Toscani
Miguel Nino ...
Chi Chi Ramon
Nicholas Kusenko ...
FBI Agent Neeley
Joe Greco ...
Father Joseph Gennaro (as Joe V. Greco)
Nelson Fox
FBI Agent Halloran (as Gregory Alan-Williams)
Uncle Branca
Metta Davis ...
Rosa Toscani
Joseph F. Kosala ...
Lieutenant Strozah (as Joseph Kosala)
Ronnie Barron ...
CIA Bartender


In Japan, the Sicilian martial arts expert Nicolo "Nico" Toscani is recruited by the CIA Special Agent Nelson Fox to join the Special Operations Forces in the border of the Vietnam and Cambodia. In 1973, Nico witnesses the torturer Kurt Zagon interrogating prisoners of war and he is disgusted and quits the CIA, returning to Chicago. Fifteen years later, Nico is married with a baby with his wife Sarah and they live in the same house of his mother. Nico is a tough and incorruptible narcotics detective of the Chicago Police Department very close to his partner and friend Delores 'Jacks' Jackson and his friend Detective Lukich. When Nico and Jacks investigate a drug traffic operation, they arrest the gang of the drug dealer Tony Salvano but they find that they are smuggling the plastic explosive C4 instead. However there is an interference of the FBI and Salvano and his partner are released by FBI Agent Neeley (Nicholas Kusenko) and the detectives are forbidden of proceed with the ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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He was a covert agent trained in Vietnam. He has a master 6th degree black belt in Aikido... and family in the Mafia. He's a cop with an attitude. See more »


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Release Date:

22 April 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Nico  »

Box Office


$7,500,000 (estimated)


$18,869,631 (USA)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The pictures in the opening credits (including the one of the baby Nico) are actually real pictures of Steven Seagal in his youth. See more »


At the time of the explosion in the church, Rico is wearing a black jacket. Seconds later, it is gone. See more »


Punk: I don't think you can take us all, badass.
[Nico shoots the punk dead]
Nico Toscani: No, but I'll get an A for effort.
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Segals best one.
8 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is my favorite Steven Segal movie. Some of the attributes portrayed are not that far from the truth with this guy. In a fight, I'd like to have him on my side, most definitely. As a martial artist myself, I know Mr. Segal " knows from where he speaks", unlike many of the run-of-the-mill action stars we see on TV and the movie screen. Segal can back it up. I actually have met Mr. Segal and his beautiful ex-wife ( then his co-star )and a few of the other cast while they were filming " Hard to Kill " in Ojai, California in the late 80's when I was employed by the State of California. My experience is remembered as Mr. Segal being gracious to us " cops " who were working the movie detail, and Kelly Lebrock...she was a knockout!

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