Marshal Law (1996)

TV Movie  |  R  |   |  Action, Drama, Thriller  |  16 December 1996 (USA)
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In the hills not far from Los Angeles, a new, fresh, secure housing area has been built by former U.S. Marshal Jack Coleman and a friend. An escaped convict, Cougar and a band of ten ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Coleman
Cougar (as James LeGros)
Lilly Nelson
Weathers the Pizza Boy
Randall Nelson
Michael Cavalieri ...
Boot Coleman
Mama Doc
Randall Slavin ...
Willie D


In the hills not far from Los Angeles, a new, fresh, secure housing area has been built by former U.S. Marshal Jack Coleman and a friend. An escaped convict, Cougar and a band of ten psychopaths invade this safe area after a violent earthquake. With aid of a pizza delivery boy, he must defend his family and his friends wife Lilly, and declares Marshal Law. Written by Richard Jones <>

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Justice has a name.


Action | Drama | Thriller

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




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16 December 1996 (USA)  »

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After Shock  »

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When the bad guys take Randall's car to chase his girl friend, the key is already in the car. But drunk Randall had just taken the keys so that his friend Jack and the others couldn't escape. See more »


References First Blood (1982) See more »

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Please spare me
6 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

An absolute pain in the *** to watch, it must have been a terror to act in - that is if the actors had any sense of what could be even loosely considered quality. This movie certainly doesn't qualify. Even my friends who watch trash for the fun of it turned it off after a few minutes. You kept wanting the bad guys to die in the first half of the movie and show you something interesting in the second half.

The premise was, probably - it is hard to tell if it has one, the bad guys formed this gang, led by the guy who had been traumatized by the cops, so he hates them. The rest of the gang, including the toss away female had no reason why they were there, either in the gang or on this odd adventure to break into these expensive homes.

As I learned in scriptwriting class, the first thing to keep in mind is motivation. If you don't have a decent motivation for your characters, the story will be a poor one. It doesn't help your telling the story if you just make up some motivation to simply have one. Like they did for this movie.

I saw it on late night TV and actually cheered when the commercials came on. I hope I never have to watch it again.

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