Action Jackson (1988)

R  |   |  Action, Comedy, Crime  |  12 February 1988 (USA)
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Vengence drives a tough Detroit cop to stay on the trail of a power hungry auto magnate who's systematically eliminating his competition.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Officer Kornblau
Tony Moretti
Jack Thibeau ...
Detective Kotterwell
Officer Lack
Stan Foster ...
Albert Smith
Frank Stringer
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Jericho "Action" Jackson is a Detroit police sergeant who was demoted from lieutenant for almost tearing the arm off of sexually violent sociopath Sean Dellaplane, whose father is Peter Dellaplane, a major car manufacturer. But Dellaplane himself is violent as well. Dellaplane kills his wife Patrice by shooting her. And then he plants her body in Jackson's apartment, framing Jackson. Dellaplane won't miss Patrice very much, because he has a drug-addicted mistress named Sydney Ash. He keeps Sydney hooked with a free supply of heroin. Jackson suspects Dellaplane of masterminding a murder spree against local officials from the auto workers' union. Dellaplane's mission is to gain a political power base and choose the next president of the United States. Because of what happened to Dellaplane's son Sean, Dellaplane has taken a particular dislike to Jackson. Jackson gets Sydney's help in going after Dellaplane. Written by Todd Baldridge

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Release Date:

12 February 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Acción Jackson  »

Box Office


$7,000,000 (estimated)


$20,257,000 (USA)

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'Carl Weathers' came up with the idea for the film on the set of _Predator (1987) _ during conversations with producer 'Joel Silver' about their shared love of 1970s blaxploitation films. The title was born after Weathers spoke to an Australian crew member about the project. As an expression to indicate his interest in working on the film, the crew member said, "I'm in like Action Jackson." See more »


When Carl Weathers and Vanity jump out of the hotel window to escape the police and onto the roof of his convertible parked in an alley, their impact reveals the mattresses inside the car covered with black cloth which comes undone at the rear window. You can also see the scaffolding at the bottom of the scene for the camera, also protected with a mattress. See more »


Peter Dellaplane: You have this nickname - what is it, excitement, enthusiasm, esprit de corps-
Action Jackson: [cutting off Dellaplane] -It's ACTION!
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References Predator (1987) See more »


(from opera "Pagliacci")
Music by Ruggero Leoncavallo (as Leoncavallo)
Performed by Mario Del Monaco
Courtesy London Records
A division of PolyGram Classics, Inc.
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Lives up to its title.
7 October 2002 | by See all my reviews

The violence in this movie is brutal and efficiently directed, the action sequences spectacular, the main villain great and the hero, Carl Weathers, can hold his own when compared to other big action stars of the 80's. In short, "Action Jackson" has all the ingredients to be a good rental choice for action fans. If only they had avoided some of those needless digressions (like Jackson's fight with a junkie).... (**1/2)

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