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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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  »

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$7,000,000 (estimated)


$20,257,000 (USA)

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Did You Know?


Carl Weathers (who was about 39 at the time of shooting for this film) joked that the rigorous shooting schedule for the action sequences "aged his body into his 60's" all of which he blamed on the director Craig R. Baxley. See more »


When Carl Weathers and Vanity jump out of the hotel window, if you look carefully at "Vanity's" legs you can see that the stunt double didn't shave his legs for this scene, and his feet could never fit in her shoes. See more »


Action Jackson: Mellow out.
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Referenced in The Wayans Bros.: Psycho Santa (1995) See more »


Performed by Vanity
Written by Jesse Johnson and Sue Ann Carwell
Produced by Jesse Johnson for J.W.J. Productions, Inc.
(C) 1987 Crazy People Music
Administered by Almo Music Corp.
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"Action Jackson" is a competently standard showcase for Carl Weathers' superhero cool…

Action is a proud man, a high-school track star, a dedicated cop, a sergeant who lost his lieutenant's stripes almost two years ago…

He jostles a conceited, two-faced, backstabbing mass murderer called Peter Dellaplane (Craig T. Nelson). Director Craig R. Baxley has not only carried it off, but makes you believe it… One must also give some of the credit to Carl Weathers whose erect muscular body and his charm and good looks give some credence to the heroics…

The picture contains fun, lots of action, and two sexy women…

Vanity looked so gorgeous when she was shot up with heroin…

Stone met her husband after his first wife died and his son went to prison… She thinks that he may seem greedy and arrogant but he remained loved by everyone, and the whole experience changed him… She also thinks that Jackson is not so different from her husband, that both are stubborn, and both intent on getting what they want…

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