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Maximum Force (1992)

R | | Action | 7 October 1992 (USA)
Three renegade cops team up to take on the corrupt chief of police and a crime lords hatchet-man.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Crews (as Sam Jones)
Cody Randal
Rick Carver
Captain Fuller
Max Tanabe
Chief of Police
Jeff Langton ...
Pamela Dixon ...
Sheila Stone (as Pam Dixon)
Victoria Hawley ...
Talbot Perry Simons ...
Vagrant (as Talbot Simons)
Jeffrey Anderson-Gunter ...
Rastaman (as Jeffrey Anderson Gunter)
Fat Man
Addison Randall ...
Sleazy Driver


Three renegade cops team up to take on the corrupt chief of police and a crime lords hatchet-man.

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Solid B-movie thrills
2 July 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

MAXIMUM FORCE is a solid B-movie action thriller from the early 1990s, directed by the prolific Joseph Merhi. It takes a predictable storyline

  • in which a trio of renegade cops must team up to take down a corrupt

businessman whom each has a vendetta against - and executes it with solid efficiency. It's the sort of film that's always going to pale in comparison to bigger budgeted fare, but one which remains enjoyable enough as a diversion.

The cast is headlined by Sam Jones (FLASH GORDON), who's wooden but imposing as a tough, kickboxing cop. Think Dolph Lundgren in THE PUNISHER and you'll be close. Sherrie Rose is the trademark blonde sidekick, although she does get the chance to hold her own in a couple of fight scenes. Finally, the weapons/technology expert is played by Jason Lively, of NIGHT OF THE CREEPS/NATIONAL LAMPOON'S European VACATION fame. He brings the comedy.

MAXIMUM FORCE has plenty of action going for it so it remains entertaining through, and I'll forever be a fan of those '90s-era martial arts fights in which every kick and punch is accompanied by a ridiculously loud 'thud' sound effect. Plus there are cameos for Mickey Rooney (of all people!) and PREDATOR's Sonny Landham, a supporting turn from John Saxon as a cop, and cult favourite Richard Lynch (CUT AND RUN) playing the villain. What's not to love?

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