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Jake Speed (1986)

In a world where, unbeknownst to the public, all famous pulp fiction heroes are real, one of them, Jake Speed, agrees to help desperate Margaret Winston save her sister from sadistic white slaver Sid, who's operating in Africa.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Wayne Crawford ... Jake Speed
Dennis Christopher ... Desmond Floyd
Karen Kopins ... Margaret Winston
John Hurt ... Sid
Leon Ames ... Pop Winston
Roy London Roy London ... Maurice
Donna Pescow ... Wendy
Barry Primus ... Lawrence
Monte Markham ... Mr. Winston
Millie Perkins ... Mrs. Winston
Becca C. Ashley Becca C. Ashley ... Maureen Winston (as Rebecca Ashley)
Alan Shearman ... Rodrigo
Karl Johnson ... Charles
Sal Viscuso ... Newsstand Attendant
Ken Lerner ... Ken
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Storyline

When her sister is kidnapped by white slavers, only Grandpa knows what to do. He puts in a call to a fictional hero, Jake Speed. She is amazed to find that he actually exists, and that as flesh and blood, is much less formidable than his reputation. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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More than a myth. Less than a legend. And a bit too big for his boots... See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

30 May 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

En busca de la chica perdida See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,058,048, 1 June 1986, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$1,943,751
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The movie is both a tribute to, and satire of, pulp novels and their heroes. As a tribute to these stories, the movie is set in an alternate reality where, unknowingly to the general public, all of the famous pulp fiction heroes like Remo Williams, a.k.a. The Destroyer, Mack Bolan, a.k.a. The Executioner, and Doc Savage are real, and the novels about them are factual testimonies about their real-life adventures. In the movie, Jake Speed is just one of these real-life pulp heroes, and even talks about his famous colleagues once or twice. However, in real-life, unlike Remo Williams, Mack Bolan, and Doc Savage, Jake Speed is not an actual pulp fiction character, and was entirely made up for this movie, as satire on pulp archetypes and clichés. See more »

Quotes

Wendy: Maybe it's a blessing. At least your grandfather believes in somebody. Speedy Jake. Remero. Whatever. Who are our heroes?
Margaret Winston: Nobody.
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Connections

Referenced in Remote Control (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

Night After Night
Written by Mark Holden, Lea Hart and Steve LeGassick (as Steve Lagassick)
Performed by Mark Holden
Produced by Don Perry and Bob Summers
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Campy adventure for those with an '80s nostalgia kick!
16 June 2005 | by polo3378See all my reviews

I enjoyed this movie as a kid when it came out, and to this day still do. A simple story involving the search for a kidnapped girl and an adventurer literally straight out of paperback lore. It has actors that were more recognizable back in the day. This shouldn't keep the viewer from giving it a whirl. Wayne Crawford stars as the main character Jake Speed. Sure, it might bite from certain elements of Romancing the Stone, and Indiana Jones. But this movie is done well enough to keep it out of the cellar. I am surprised not too many people know about it. It must have been overshadowed by other movies in the theaters back in '86. I watched it back then on cable TV. It might be hard to find since it's out of print on both VHS and DVD. I managed to get a DVD from ebay at less than 8 bucks! Cool flick.


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