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Action Jackson (1988)

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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Tony Moretti
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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  »

Box Office

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$7,000,000 (estimated)

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$20,257,000 (USA)
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Trivia

The studio hoped to turn the film into a franchise, but this never happened. A totally unrelated film called Dangerous Passion (1990) which also starred Carl Weathers was re-titled 'Action Jackson 2' in some countries, only to capitalize on the success. See more »

Goofs

When Jericho walks up to meet Patrice, and she storms out the door, he says: "Hi, I was just coming to see you!" After "Hi" his mouth barely moves. This is one of many scenes which have extensive ADR. Most of the outdoor scenes or dialogue in cars seem to be dubbed to various degrees. Also, the singing done by Sydney in the club is clearly play-backed. Though this could just be part of her routine. See more »

Quotes

Officer Kornblau: That's one dead piece of shit car builder!
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Connections

Referenced in The Wayans Bros.: Psycho Santa (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

ACTION JACKSON
Performed by Madame X
Written by Bernadette Cooper
Produced by Bernadette Cooper for Slap Me One Productions
(C) 1988 Slap Me One Music / Spectrum Seven Music / Lorimar Music A Corp
All rights reserved.
Courtesy Atlantic Records
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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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