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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 »
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
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)
Melissa J.L. Smith .... distribution and marketing coordinator (uncredited)
Del Spiva .... distribution coordinator (uncredited)

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96 min
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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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)

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The studio were hoping to turn the film into a franchise.See more »
Continuity: When Jackson is on the roof of the taxi, the driver fires his gun through the roof making several holes. However, when the taxi crashes a few seconds later, there are no holes.See more »
Peter Dellaplane:Murder is a tool!See more »
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12 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
the return of the black action hero, 26 June 2006
Author: (winner55) from United States

I did a quick search on the internet to see if my memory served me right, and apparently it has. By 1981, the Blaxploitation action film was exhausted. - Although Fred Williamson had made a couple of action films in the mid-'80s, these don't really count, because Williamson can't act and can't direct.

The good news was that African-American cinema could say farewell to a stereotype; the bad news was that Hollywood wanted to find some way to say farewell to African-American cinema. The mid-'80s were lean years for anyone with dark-skin in Hollywood.

One of the problems had been that people critical of blaxploitation had missed the fact that Hollywood only does two type of films with any regularity, the action film (Western, Sci-Fi, crime, etc.) and the sit-com (domestic comedy). The notion that Hollywood does dramatic or otherwise serious films is a myth Hollywood likes to drag out at the Academy Awards. So if you're not making action films or comedies, you're not in Hollywood.

By the late '80s it was clear to everyone that African Americans (now constituting a sizable portion of regular movie audiences) were going to have to be represented on film again. But by then it was also clear that this audience wasn't going to tolerate being relegated to pimp and gang roles, at least not completely. For one thing, Eddie Murphy had broken the blaxploitation mold in 48 Hours and Beverly Hills Cop. I don't think anybody realizes that Murphy's roles in these films are a basic blaxploitation stereotypes, because Murphy clearly wasn't going to let himself be stereotyped. Murphy's popularity and savvy probably caused more anxiety than the anger of Melvin Van Peebles or Richard Pryor ever had, because it was clear that he was there to make money, something Hollywood could really understand.

At any rate: In 1988 the Wayans produced I'm Gonna Git You Sucka, a knock-down parody of the blaxploitation genre that pretty much assured that it would never raise its afro-covered head again. But it was still clear that African Americans needed a new action hero; so enter Action Jackson.

The reason why this film is not better remembered as the return of the black action hero is clearly because of the script. This is paint-by-numbers formula movie-making; this script has been written and filmed a hundred times, and every action star in Hollywood has appeared in some version of it, all of the Baldwin brothers in turn, Sly Stallone, Kirk Russell, Seagal, Schwarzenegger, Brandon Lee - I'm sure the reader can fill in the titles of each actor's version, regardless how unmemorable the films may have been. This formula was a kind of rite-of-passage for anyone wanting to make action films in the late '80s - early '90s. So why not Carl Weathers?

Actually, Weathers' performance in this film is quite good. It's hard to come up with a bone-breaking/rule-breaking cop who also happens to be suave and savvy (think part Dirty Harry, part James Bond), but Weathers nearly pulls it off. The decision not to play him with a 'black-english' accent and with no chip on his shoulder were exactly the qualities needed to leave the whole blaxploitation question away from the film at the time it was made. There are also some important ethnic transgressions here - we first find Vanity as the new mistress of the white bad-guy, whereas it's clear that Sharon stone's character has had a fling with Carl weathers'. Essentially, then, the film portrays a fantasy Detroit, where racism has indeed become a thing of the past that its all but forgotten. If only that were really true! But, again, that was exactly what was needed to get African Americans back into action films - i.e., back into Hollywood.

The direction of the film is fairly tight. The characters are so two dimensional, it may not be noticeable but the performances are all pretty solid; the whole film is professionally produced and presented. Also, two years before everybody in America would discover who Jackie Chan was and that he came from somewhere called Hong Kong, there are some terrific stunts in this film. And I noticed that other critics have reported that both Sharon Stone and Vanity get naked in this movie; frankly, I find such comments tasteless. On the other hand, there's no denying the attraction some men will feel for such important examples of women taking proper care of their health.

But the main point is, the film should be preserved if for now other reason, than because it was indeed the return to the mainstream of the strong African-American male hero; and we still need that in the cinema, and always have.

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