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Martial Law (1990)

R | | Action, Crime | Video 16 May 1991
An undercover cop teams up with a martial-arts expert to stop a gang of drug smugglers and car thieves.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sean Thompson
Dalton Rhodes
Michael Thompson
Philip Tan ...
Wu Han
Vincent Craig Dupree ...
Faster Brown (as V.C. Dupree)
Jim Malinda ...
Captain Sykes
Rick Walters ...
Patricia Wilson ...
Grace (as Patricia J. Wilson)
Lars Lundgren ...
Jimmy Kong
Etan Boritzer ...
Store Owner
Marty Dudek ...
Rookie Cop


When it comes to maximum law enforcement, only police officers Sean Thompson and Billie Blake can deliver the power of justice...with their bare hands. They're a part of the L.A.P.D.'s new program called 'Martial Law', a police force that uses full-contact martial arts to subdue criminals in situations where guns are a no-go. But now Sean and Billie's talents in karate as well as their knowledge on the criminal underworld will be put to the test when they find themselves on a collision course with Dalton Rhodes, a criminal mastermind who runs a cartel-for-hire business, using his dojo as a front for his illegal activities and recruiting new talent. In addition to being a career criminal, Rhodes is also a master at rare forms of kung fu and the last practitioner of the deadly 'dim-mak' (death touch) technique. When Sean's troublesome baby brother Michael falls in with Rhodes' crowd and becomes a victim of their murderous exploits, the police duo will be forced to take the law into ... Written by Keno Reeves (spywatcher459)

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The power of justice is in their hands! See more »


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16 May 1991 (USA)  »

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Leis Marciais  »

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Cynthia Rothrock accidentally struck a performer in the groin with a baseball bat during the filming of a fight scene. The man in question had opted to be in the scene despite not being a professional stuntman and the injury occurred when he failed to roll in the right direction, necessitating a hospital visit. See more »


Referenced in Zen and Now: A Dinner with David Carradine & Friends (2004) See more »


Written and Performed by Tempest
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26 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Chad McQueen and Cynthia Rothrock star as two martial artist cops who take on a Mr. Big (The always lovable David Carradine) who is also responsible for the senseless murder of McQueen's admittedly not too bright brother, much action ensues as David Carradine manages to convince despite being too old to do martial arts. That is something that you don't want to dismiss, David Carradine has always been a slower martial artist, despite being quite precise and stylish. Carradine has always been more of a self defense styled martial artist so seeing him play a martial arts bad ass is somewhat hilarious due to the fact that Carradine somehow manages to still upstage (Despite being 54) his hopelessly slow co-star Chad McQueen. Worst of all is that while Rothrock is easy on the eyes, her roll in the sack with McQueen provides the viewer with some of the most awkward sex scenes ever. It is mainly David Carradine who steals what little show there is here.

* * out of 4-(Fair)

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