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Action Jackson -- 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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Release Date:
12 February 1988 (USA) See more »
NAME: Jericho Jackson NICKNAME: "Action" HOME: Detroit PROFESSION: Cop EDUCATION: Harvard Law HOBBY: Fighting Crime WEAPON: You're looking at 'em See more »
Vengence drives a tough Detroit cop to stay on the trail of a power hungry auto magnate who's systematically eliminating his competition. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Carl Weathers ... Sgt. Jericho 'Action' Jackson

Craig T. Nelson ... Peter Dellaplane

Vanity ... Sydney Ash

Sharon Stone ... Patrice Dellaplane

Thomas F. Wilson ... Officer Kornblau

Bill Duke ... Capt. Earl Armbruster

Robert Davi ... Tony Moretti
Jack Thibeau ... Detective Kotterwell

Roger Aaron Brown ... Officer Lack
Stan Foster ... Albert Smith

Mary Ellen Trainor ... Secretary

Ed O'Ross ... Frank Stringer

Bob Minor ... Gamble
David Glen Eisley ... Thaw

Dennis Hayden ... Shaker

Brian Libby ... Marlin
David Efron ... Birch
Alonzo Brown ... Big Lady with Purse
Diana James ... Hooker

Matt Landers ... Desk Sgt. #1
Thomas Wagner ... Desk Sgt. #2
Deidre Conrad ... Policewoman
William H. Burton Jr. ... Policeman (as Bill Burton Sr.)
Preston Hanson ... Master of Ceremonies
Ivor Barry ... Stuffy Old Guy

Al Leong ... Dellaplane's Chauffeur
John Lyons ... Yacht Guard #1
Glenn R. Wilder ... Yacht Guard #2 (as Glenn Wilder)
Steve Vandeman ... Yacht Guard #3

Michael McManus ... Lionel Grantham

De'voreaux White ... Clovis (as De'Voreaux White)

Melissa Prophet ... Newscaster
Prince Hughes ... Edd (as Prince A. Hughes)

Jim Haynie ... Morty Morton
Edgar Small ... Raymond Foss

James Lew ... Martial Arts Instructor
Nicholas Worth ... Cartier
Chino 'Fats' Williams ... Kid Sable
Christopher Broughton ... Pickpocket (as Chris Broughton)
Charles Meshack ... Poolroom Bartender

Miguel A. Núñez Jr. ... Poolroom Thug #1 (as Miguel Nunez)

Branscombe Richmond ... Poolroom Thug #2
Richard L. Duran ... Poolroom Thug #3 (as Richard Duran)
The Knudsen Bros ... Streetsingers
Armelia McQueen ... Dee

Sonny Landham ... Mr. Quick
Susan Lentini ... VW Driver (as Sue Lentini)
Kenneth B. Belsky ... Red Devil Bartender

Francis X. McCarthy ... Oliver O'Rooney (as Frank McCarthy)
Ronnie Carol ... Party Guest
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Tom Druilhet ... Undercver Cop (uncredited)
J. Mills Goodloe ... Man in Bar (uncredited)
Dominic Jack Pizzo Sr. ... Extras (uncredited)
Paul Sofronoff ... Man in bar (uncredited)
Norman D. Wilson ... Man in Bar (uncredited)

Directed by
Craig R. Baxley 
Writing credits
Robert Reneau (written by)

Produced by
Steve Perry .... associate producer
Joel Silver .... producer
Original Music by
Herbie Hancock 
Michael Kamen 
Cinematography by
Matthew F. Leonetti 
Film Editing by
Mark Helfrich 
Casting by
Karen Rea 
Art Direction by
Virginia L. Randolph  (as Virginia Randolph)
Set Decoration by
Philip Leonard  (as Phil M. Leonard)
Costume Design by
Marilyn Vance  (as Marilyn Vance-Straker)
Makeup Department
Paul Abascal .... hair stylist
Scott H. Eddo .... makeup artist
Production Management
Steve Perry .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael Alan Kahn .... second second assistant director
Terry Miller .... second assistant director (as Terry Miller Jr.)
Benjamin Rosenberg .... first assistant director
Art Department
Joseph C. Fama .... construction foreman
Jaymes Hinkle .... production scenic artist (as Jimmy J. Hinkle)
Don Kaeding .... leadman
Robert S. McDonald .... propmaker foreman
Michael Muscarella .... construction coordinator
Michael Papac .... assistant property master
Enrico Paronelli .... paint foreman
Tommy Tomlinson .... property master
Sound Department
Alex Algarin .... dubbing projectionist
Carmen Baker .... adr assistant
Ron Bartlett .... foley editor
Don J. Bassman .... sound re-recording mixer (as Don Bassman)
Michael J. Benavente .... sound effects editor (as Mike Benavente)
Sherrie Bayer Burke .... dialogue assistant (as Sherrie Burke)
Kevin F. Cleary .... sound re-recording mixer
Robert Deschaine .... foley mixer (as Bob Deschaine)
Phyllis Drury .... assistant sound re-recordist (as Phillis Drury)
Ezra Dweck .... assistant sound editor
Christopher Flick .... foley editor
Stephen Hunter Flick .... sound effects (as Stephen Flick)
Aaron Glascock .... assistant sound editor
Cecelia Hall .... adr editor (as Cece Hall)
Bill Henderson .... sound re-recording engineer
Sarah Jacobs .... foley artist
Richard King .... sound effects editor
Nicholas Vincent Korda .... dialogue editor (as Nicholas Korda)
Bud Maffett .... production sound mixer: second unit
Harrison D. Marsh .... cable person
Oscar Mitt .... assistant sound editor
Richard Overton .... sound re-recording mixer
Michael Perry .... boom operator: second unit (as Michael V. Perry)
Bernard F. Pincus .... dialogue editor (as Bernard Pincus)
Robert Renga .... sound re-recordist
Dennis Rogers .... sound re-recordist
Hank Salerno .... adr editor
Norman B. Schwartz .... post-production dialogue
Catherine Shorr .... sound effects editor (as Cathy Shorr)
Richard Shorr .... sound effects
John Shouse .... supervising dialogue editor
James Simcik .... adr editor
Ronald Sinclair .... adr editor
Edward M. Steidele .... foley artist (as Ed Steidel)
Douglas Vaughan .... boom operator (as Doug Vaughan)
James E. Webb .... production sound mixer (as Jim Webb)
Rosemarie Wheeler .... adr assistant (as Rosemary Wheeler)
Rick Mitchell .... foley editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Jay Bartus .... special effects propmaker
James Camomile .... special effects foreman (as Jim Camomile)
Al Di Sarro .... special effects coordinator
Andrew Sebok .... special effects propmaker (as Andy Sebok)
Arthur Vacca .... special effects propmaker
Bruno Van Zeebroeck .... special effects prop shop
Jamie Anderson .... stunts
Bobby Bass .... stunts
Gary Baxley .... stunts
Paul Baxley .... stunts
Simone Boisseree .... stunts
Kenneth John Borland Jr. .... stunts
John Borland .... stunts
Steve Boyum .... stunts
Janet Brady .... stunts (as Janet S. Brady)
Alonzo Brown .... stunts
Jophery C. Brown .... stunt coordinator (as Jophery Brown)
Jophery C. Brown .... stunts (as Jophery Brown)
Tony Brubaker .... stunts
Jim Burk .... stunts
Steven Chambers .... stunts (as Steve Chambers)
Doug Coleman .... stunts (as Douglas R. Coleman)
Eugene Collier .... stunts
Jim Connors .... stunts
Leon Delaney .... stunts
Eddy Donno .... stunts
Andy Epper .... stunts (as Andrew Epper)
Allan Graf .... stunts (as Allen Graf)
Norman Howell .... stunts (as Norm Howell)
Tommy J. Huff .... stunts (as Thomas J. Huff)
Henry Kingi .... stunts
Joel Kramer .... stunts (as Joel J. Kramer)
Myron L. Lapka .... stunts (as Myron Lapka)
Julius LeFlore .... stunts
Dwayne McGee .... stunts
Paula Marie Moody .... stunts (as Paula-Marie Moody)
Bennie Moore .... stunts
Bob Orrison .... stunts
Diane Peterson .... stunts
Wally Rose .... stunts
Fred Scheiwiller .... stunts
Ron Stein .... stunts
Steve Vandeman .... stunts
Louis Viscolosi .... stunts
Gerard G. Williams .... stunts (as Gerard Williams)
Camera and Electrical Department
Mike Amorelli .... electrician (as Michael Amorelli)
Mike Amorelli .... gaffer: second unit (as Michael Amorelli)
Bill Barcroft .... grip
Lloyd Barcroft .... best boy
John Baron .... gaffer: second unit
Douglas E. Beal .... assistant camera
Bob Bergdahl .... camera operator: second unit
Pat Blymyer .... gaffer (as Patrick R. 'Goldie' Blymer)
Arthur R. Botham .... director of photography: Detroit (as Buddy Botham)
Peter Davidian .... electrician: second unit
Bob Fillis .... best boy (as Robert Fillis)
Bob Fiore .... electrician
Antonio V. Garrido .... dolly grip (as Tony Garrido)
Richard Hartley .... electrician: second unit (as Richard Hartley Jr.)
Norman Lang .... electrician
Michael Laws .... electrician: second unit (as Mike Laws)
John R. Leonetti .... camera operator: "b" camera (as John Leonetti)
John R. Leonetti .... camera operator: second unit (as John Leonetti)
John J. Linder .... key grip (as John Linder)
Johnny London Jr. .... grip
Edward Morey III .... Steadicam operator: second unit
John Oteri .... camera operator: Detroit
Alan Shultz .... grip: second unit
Peter Sorel .... still photographer
Michael St. Hilaire .... camera operator
William J. Taylor .... grip: second unit (as William Taylor)
Stephen J. Ullman .... assistant camera
Michael D. Weldon .... assistant camera (as Mike Weldon)
Casting Department
Bess Gilbert .... extras casting
Glenn F. Haines .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Florence Kemper .... set costumer: women (as Florence B. Kemper)
Editorial Department
Mark Elson .... first assistant editor
Frank E. Jimenez .... associate editor
Chris Moore .... colorist
Music Department
Christopher Brooks .... supervising music editor
Jackie Krost .... music supervisor
Richard McIlvery .... music mixer
Stephen McLaughlin .... music scoring mixer (as Stephen McLaughin)
Richard Perry .... song producer
Transportation Department
Mike Fenster .... transportation captain
Other crew
Paula Abdul .... choreographer
Aurorah Allain .... assistant choreographer
Gordon Antell .... production assistant
Corey Burton .... adr loop group
Jack Crain .... knife design/manufacturer
Riley Kathryn Ellis .... production executive
Art Fransen .... technical advisor
Vic Heutschy .... publicity coordinator
Luca Kouimelis .... script supervisor
Greg Lazzaro .... location manager
Brian McMahon .... helicopter pilot: aerial filming
Michael Papac .... armorer
Peter M. Robarts .... location manager (as Peter Robarts)
Stephen Roland .... craft service
Steve Share .... assistant location manager (as Steven Share)
Tamara Smith .... production associate
Charles A. Tamburro .... aerial coordinator
Charles A. Tamburro .... helicopter pilot (as Charles Tamburro)
Michael Tamburro .... helicopter ground coordinator
Elaine K. Thompson .... production associate
Ladd Vance .... assistant: Joel Silver (as Ladd Rosenberg-Vance)
Willie E. Dawkins .... assistant to carl weathers (uncredited)
Melissa J.L. Smith .... distribution and marketing coordinator (uncredited)
Del Spiva .... distribution coordinator (uncredited)

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Additional Details

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96 min
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:18 | Australia:R | Australia:MA (Cable TV rating) | Canada:R (Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-18 | Finland:K-16 (heavily cut) | Germany:16 (re-rating) (2005) | Iceland:16 | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:18 | Portugal:M/16 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | USA:R (certificate #28927) | West Germany:18 (original rating)

Did You Know?

When Jackson is taken captive at the Pool Hall, Sydney (Vanity) comes to his aid with a cover story about him being delusional and thinking that he was a "Holy messenger." In a slight twist of Irony, in the 1990's Vanity cast off her stage name and became an Evangelist (Messenger) for the Christian Faith.See more »
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
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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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
So bad it's good! Classic 80's nonsense!, 24 September 2008
Author: bazthegreatone from United Kingdom

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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