Excessive Force (1993)

R  |   |  Action  |  14 May 1993 (USA)
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A group of Chicago cops are involved in a raid from which $3,000,000 disappears. The local mob go after them and the body count starts to rise. The new Chief of Police makes it clear to the... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Terry McCain
Sal DiMarco
Fat Tommy
Liza Cruzat ...
Leon Delaney ...
Hitman #1
Hitman #2
Tony Epper ...
Delivery Man
Christopher Garbrecht ...
Lieutenant Landry
Paula Anglin ...
Bobby Bass ...
Limo Driver


A group of Chicago cops are involved in a raid from which $3,000,000 disappears. The local mob go after them and the body count starts to rise. The new Chief of Police makes it clear to the last remaining officer that he will look the other way if he takes the law into his own hands. When the policeman finds he can't follow through on this someone else does and he finds himself and his girl are being hunted by more or less everyone for their own reasons. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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Rated R for strong violence and language, and for sexuality and drug use | See all certifications »




Release Date:

14 May 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Alto Calibre  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)


$1,200,000 (USA)

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New Line Cinema were hoping that lead actor Thomas Ian Griffith would become a studio/stable star, similar to Warners then-arrangement with Steven Seagal. See more »


Anna Gilmour: Scaring the shit out of someone is not the way to protect them.
Terry McCain: Believe me, I'll never do it again.
Anna Gilmour: You should be proud of me. I remembered everything you taught me.
Terry McCain: I don't remember teaching you anything about punching me in the mouth.
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Followed by Excessive Force II: Force on Force (1995) See more »


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no name action
4 August 2015 | by See all my reviews

Police detective Terry McCain (Thomas Ian Griffith) leads a raid on Sal DiMarco (Burt Young)'s operation in an action packed gun battle. Sal is released in court due to excessive force. Sal lost $3 million and he wants his money back. Terry's boss Devlin (Lance Henriksen) is tired of Terry's short fuse. He plays the piano to wind down in Jake (James Earl Jones)'s jazz club. His police partner is Frankie Hawkins (Tony Todd).

Thomas Ian Griffith can kick but he has absolutely no charisma. The guy is better off as a stuntman or a non-speaking thug. He should not lead a movie no matter how low the expectations. He fades into the background. It's odd to have so many better actors on the screen. This could be a functional 90s action B-movie if a more compelling personality is leading.

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