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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Officer Kornblau
Tony Moretti
Jack Thibeau ...
Detective Kotterwell
Officer Lack
Stan Foster ...
Albert Smith
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  »

Box Office


$7,000,000 (estimated)


$20,257,000 (USA)

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Did You Know?


Both Carl Weathers and Vanity appeared in the music video for this film's theme song: "He Turned Me Out," by the Pointer Sisters. The clip featured the two playing pool in a bar - with Vanity beating Carl handily - as the Pointers sang around them. 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 »


Officer Kornblau: That's one dead piece of shit car builder!
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Referenced in Special Collector's Edition: Candy Candy (2013) See more »


Performed by The Pointer Sisters
Written by LeMel Humes (as Lemel Humes) and Mary Lee Kortes
Produced by Richard Perry
(C) 1987 MCA Music, Inc. / Warner-Tamerlane Music Corp.
All rights reserved.
Courtesy RCA Records
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So bad it's good! Classic 80's nonsense!
24 September 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

There isn't much to say about this movie. It's so stereo-type 80's it's unreal! Carl Weathers (Rocky, Predator) plays Jericho 'Action' Jackson. Im just gonna leave it there because his name is just too damn awesome! This is full of explosions, fulls of fist fights, full of awful acting and one-liners and amazingly, has a half decent cast of big name 80's action stars like Bill Duke and Sonny Landham (both of whom appeared in Predator with Weathers and Arnold Schwarzenegger), and Robert Davy (Die Hard, Raw Deal, Predator 2). But the story is basically about Jackson, who has been demoted to a desk cop and hates it, and has to keep his old 'Action Jackson' rebellious days behind him if he want's to be promoted again. When he is trailing a sadistic businessman who is murdering all his union competition so he can take the head job, then you know his 'Action Jackson' gun-ho days are going to return to save the day! It really is fun, I recommend it completely.

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