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Action Jackson (1988)

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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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Storyline

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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12 February 1988 (USA)  »

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$7,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$20,257,000 (USA)
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Posters for the film PREDATOR are visible in a bar exterior scene. Carl Weathers, Bill Duke, and Billy Landham were all three in that film as well. See more »

Goofs

When the thug Albert Smith is seated in a chair in the police station he is in handcuffs. But when he makes a run for it, the handcuffs suddenly disappear. See more »

Quotes

Capt. Earl Armbruster: Just because Dellaplane had a few family problems...
Action Jackson: The man's son is a sexual psychopath! If I had family problems like that, I'd have myself neutered.
Capt. Earl Armbruster: You almost tore that boy's arm off!
Action Jackson: So? He had a spare.
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Mitchell (1993) See more »

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UNDRESS
Performed by Vanity
Written by Teresa Laws, Kim Cape, Jerrie Hubbard and Vanity
Produced by Jesse Johnson for J.W.J. Productions, Inc.
(C) 1987 Crazy People Music
Administered by Almo Music Corp.
All rights reserved.
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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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