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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Jack Thibeau ...
Detective Kotterwell
Stan Foster ...
Frank Stringer
David Glen Eisley ...


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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Release Date:

12 February 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Acción Jackson  »


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$7,000,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Jackson is taken captive at the Pool Hall, Sydney invents a cover story about him being delusional and thinking that he was a Holy messenger. In the 1990s, Vanity cast off her stage name and became an Evangelical Christian. 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 »


Peter Dellaplane: Murder is a tool!
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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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One of the Best '80s Action Flicks!
21 May 2002 | by See all my reviews

When I saw this movie back in 1988, I thought then & think now that it was one of the most action packed movies for this genre. Carl Weathers plays a likable cop that goes after an unscrupulous high-end car manufacturer. All of the characters, Vanity, Craig T. Nelson & Sharon Stone round out the cast nicely to make an enjoyable, action packed viewing experience for the 1h30m that it's on. It wasn't mean't to be an academy award winner, but it set out to do what it was intended to do, and that's to be an action packed movie from start to finish. If you can appreciate movies from the '80s, this one will be a welcome addition to any collector's library. I am glad to see it on DVD, because I have played my VHS copy to the max!

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