6 user 6 critic

Crooked (2006)

Soft Target (original title)
R | | Action | 3 August 2006 (USA)
Two police detectives must protect a beautiful call girl from mob hitmen and a crooked cop.



1 win. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Night Hunter (1996)
Action | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.1/10 X  

Jack Cutter is the last in long line of vampire hunters. After killing few vampires in one L.A. restaurant, he is chased both by police and by other vampires. In the process he meets an ... See full summary »

Director: Rick Jacobson
Stars: Don Wilson, Melanie Smith, Nicholas Guest
Action | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.7/10 X  

No emotion. No fear. No pain. They were the perfect soldiers to protect civilization-until the drone police became the perfect enemy. With little hope left for mankind, Tallis, an ... See full summary »

Director: Jesse V. Johnson
Stars: Peter Allas, Matthew R. Anderson, Steven Bauer
Whatever It Takes II (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  

Two Los Angeles cops go undercover to investigate the distribution of steroids to wrestlers and body builders.

Director: Brady MacKenzie
Stars: Don Wilson, Andrew Dice Clay, Fred Williamson
Redemption (Video 2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  

Agent John Sato ( Don 'The Dragon' Wilson), leader of an assault team of LAPD, is considered responsible for the death of a colleague, took place in the course of action. Expelled from the ... See full summary »

Director: Art Camacho
Stars: Don Wilson, Chris Penn, James Russo
Moving Target (Video 2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.9/10 X  

"Moving Target" starring Don "The Dragon" Wilson? Filmed in the beautiful city of Galway on the west coast of Ireland. This wonderful piece of cinema follows Don's character as he moves to ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Ziller
Stars: Don Wilson, Hillary Kavanagh, Bill Murphy
Inferno (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.1/10 X  

An Interpol agent travels to India to find the terrorist who killed his partner.

Director: Fred Olen Ray
Stars: Don Wilson, Evan Lurie, Dipti Bhatnagar
Cyber Tracker (1994)
Action | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.4/10 X  

Eric is a secret agent currently working as security guard for senator Dilly. The senator is the main advocate for a new kind of police officer: the Tracker, an perfect und nearly ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Pepin
Stars: Don Wilson, Richard Norton, Stacie Foster
Cyber-Tracker 2 (Video 1995)
Action | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.4/10 X  

A Secret Service agent (Wilson) battles an arms dealer who is creating a cyborg army.

Director: Richard Pepin
Stars: Don Wilson, Stacie Foster, Tony Burton
Black Thunder II (1998)
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4/10 X  

When the top secret prototype of the Nova Stealth fighter has been stolen, the Pentagon launches big alarm; the plane shouldn't come into hostile hands. There is only one man who can get ... See full summary »

Director: Rick Jacobson
Stars: Marcus Aurelius, Catherine Bell, Michael Cavanaugh
Fortress 2 (2000)
Action | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  

7 years after the original Fortress movie, Brennick along with the rebels are captured and sent to a new, more sophisticated fortress prison, in outer space.

Director: Geoff Murphy
Stars: Christopher Lambert, Beth Toussaint, Willie Garson
Blackbelt (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

Ex-cop protects a singer from a psycho serial killer.

Directors: Charles Philip Moore, Rick Jacobson
Stars: Don Wilson, Deirdre Imershein, Matthias Hues
Prophet (Video 1999)
Action | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  

A CIA operative is tasked with finding and apprehending five members of a terrorist organisation, but they keep getting killed before he can bring them in.

Director: Fred Olen Ray
Stars: Don Wilson, Barbara Steele, Alexander Keith


Cast overview, first billed only:
Danny Tyler (as Don 'The Dragon' Wilson)
Olivier Gruner ...
Phil Yordan
John Rouse
Jack Paxton
Jake Lawlor
Nugentti Jr.
Michael R. Thayer ...
John Conover
Jerry Airola ...
J.J. Dratler
Manouschka Guerrier ...
Sherry - the Bartender
Suzanne von Schaack ...
Michael Matsuda ...
Mugger (as Michael Gonzalez-Matsuda)


Two police detectives must protect a beautiful call girl from mob hitmen and a crooked cop.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Don't ever trust the law... See more »



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, language and some sexuality/nudity


Official Sites:



Release Date:

3 August 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Crooked  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$2,500,000 (estimated)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs



See  »

Did You Know?


Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.159 (2012) See more »


Take Me
Music and Lyrics by Kenny Meriedeth (BMI) and Vince DiCola (BMI)
Featuring VP
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

"I don't like you, I don't trust you"
25 September 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

CROOKED (A.K.A. SOFT TARGET) is a film from late in Don Wilson's prime career – that is, from before his hiatus around the turn of the decade. Overall, it goes to show that it wasn't a bad time for him to take a break, not necessarily because he no longer had the stuff but because the DTV action circuit seemed to have left him behind. The movie is weak sauce, for despite its strong supporting cast, it's lacking in style and substance. I'll say it now: this one's for completionists, only.

The story: Two police detectives – Tyler (Wilson) and Yordan (Olivier Gruner) – are assigned to protect a witness to an underworld murder (Diana Kauffman), but their efforts are hampered by internal corruption.

The film's primary selling point is its cast, which also includes Gary Busy, Martin Kove, and Fred Williamson. However, don't get your hopes up: while Wilson and Gruner make the most of their team-up, Williamson and Kove have a combined screen time of maybe five minutes and Busey doesn't even get in on the action. Personally, I was expecting this – Martin Kove has particularly been irritating me for a long time with his reluctance to do fight scenes – but it could be very disappointing to someone who thinks they've come across a B-movie supergroup. That's not to take away from the memorable performances delivered by lead villain Michael Cavalieri and Martin Morales as a flamboyant pimp, and Gary Busy manages to be memorable, but it's not what viewers wanted to see.

Speaking of things unwanted, I'm sorry to say that the movie is ugly in more ways than one. Production-wise, the movie toes the line of an indie feature. The way it's been shot makes me think it had a very rushed schedule: endless nighttime scenes, shaky camera-work, inharmonious editing, and a lot of ADR lines. All of this amplifies the sleazy tone of the story, which really turned me off. Few of the characters are endearing, with Yordan in particular doing all he can for the viewer not to like him. Violence against female characters and sexist dialogue is recurrent. As usual, Don Wison's character is a paragon of morality, but he's on in his own in that regard, amidst all of these other slimy critters. Basically, this isn't the kind of film you watch to put you into a good mood.

The same is generally true for the action content, though it has its redeeming qualities and ends up being the one passable aspect of the film. There are four shootouts and five full-length fistfights, and while the former are overlookable, the latter can be decent. Don Wilson and Olivier Gruner don't fight each other and that's pretty disappointing (especially when the film teases it), but they do fight alongside each other and that's pretty cool. A direct comparison favors Gruner: even though both performers are former pro kickboxers and have been listed among the authentic "tough guys" of martial arts movies, Wilson plays his fights very safe with relatively slow choreography and a lot of cuts, whereas Gruner performs a more dynamic and rougher-looking style of brawl that more accurately conveys his real-life strength and ability.

CROOKED isn't a film for casual martial arts fans. It *might* pass for a slow night on cable, but that's only if you really want to see the two lead stars and are tolerant about shortcomings.

0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
TERRIBLE!!! One of the worst. budi5966
Gotta love those gender-specific fortune cookies. Forgotten_Hero
POSTER mercenary
One semi-positive note briand7035
Discuss Crooked (2006) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: