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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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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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NAME: Jericho Jackson NICKNAME: "Action" HOME: Detroit PROFESSION: Cop EDUCATION: Harvard Law HOBBY: Fighting Crime WEAPON: You're looking at 'em See more »


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12 February 1988 (USA)  »

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Acción Jackson  »

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$7,000,000 (estimated)

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$20,257,000 (USA)
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The car seen at the mansion, the Halley, is actually a 1987 Pontiac Fiero with body effects that make the car resemble a Ferrari Testarossa coupe. See more »

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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 »

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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References Predator (1987) See more »

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Original soundtrack album available on Lorimar records and cassettes
Distributed by Atlantic Recording Corporation
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"Where the hell is Jackson?!"
25 December 2010 | by (the Mad Hatter's tea party.) – See all my reviews

Forget about Apollo Creed from "Rocky" and Dillon from "Predator", the ultimate Carl Weathers feature is "Action Jackson"… why because he is the "star". He plays a cop… not an ordinary cop, but one that has a reputation of doing things his way. Is that out of the ordinary? Ah who cares? Weathers in good fun in the tough as nails role. This time the action is set in Detroit and Weathers finds himself up against a wide-eyed Craig T Nelson. I don't know, but it felt like Nelson was always in some staring competition. It was those unblinking eyes. Truly a fitting bad-ass villainous turn; Hateful, smarmy and he knew how to work his charm. Who does he have working for him; quick moving assassins who look like they are out of some 80s rock band. Bad hair, reflective sunnies and little to say. Maybe it's their second job in between gigs, as they do seem to go missing midway through the film. There are some familiar faces in the cast too; ex-model / singer Vanity gives a sultry performance as a nightclub singer (with a steamy soundtrack to boot), Bill Duke as the hardened police captain that's always on Jackson's back, a unhinged Robert Davi as an old friend and a minor turn by Sharon Stone.

The ludicrously pulpy story doesn't break any new ground (sometimes a little too makeshift and contrived), but it's gloriously violent, equipped with smart-lipped one-liners and works in some exciting action set-pieces (Ferrari driving in a mansion) within its urban backdrop thanks to Craig R Baxley's rigidly confident direction.


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