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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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Sean Thompson
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Dalton Rhodes
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Michael Thompson
Philip Tan ...
Wu Han
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Booker
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Faster Brown (as V.C. Dupree)
Jim Malinda ...
Captain Sykes
Rick Walters ...
Cramer
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Grace (as Patricia J. Wilson)
Lars Lundgren ...
Ruppin
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Jimmy Kong
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Etan Boritzer ...
Store Owner
Marty Dudek ...
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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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Brothers... Cops. One enforces the law, the other breaks it. See more »

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Action | Crime

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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 »

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Followed by Mission of Justice (1992) See more »

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Written and Performed by Tempest
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It beats Murphy's Law!
20 September 2007 | by (WILMINGTON, NC) – See all my reviews

Here's a martial art film I say is a real keeper. "Martial Law" is fine, fast, and running and it's full of great action. Chad McQueen(Steve's son) plays a cop who teams with Cynthia Rothrock who also can kick some serious butt. I like it when she does that over the head kick that's really stealthy. David Carradine plays the sinister crime boss, Dalton Rhodes. It was amazing when he does that lethal palm strike to the heart of that huge guy. When done right, it can kill. Unfortunately, Sean's brother Micheal(Andy McCutcheon) fell the powerful impact of it when he was working for Rhodes. I liked the scene where Sean(McQueen) and Billie(Rothrock) took on the thugs, and Billie does the split and did some repeated groin punches on one the thugs. That's enough to make Johnny Cage jealous! I also like the confrontation fight between Sean and Dalton. It was great to see Dalton get a taste of his own blow. That blow is only good for defense, not for fun among friends. This movie is a lot of fun, and it's a keeper in my book! 3 out of 5 stars!


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