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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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Andrew Lane

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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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He's rewriting the book on adventure See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

30 May 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La nueva leyenda See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,058,048, 1 June 1986

Gross USA:

$1,943,751

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,943,751
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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 »

Goofs

Shortly after Sid ejects Maurice from the Jeep during the car chase, you can see three people inside as it turns a corner. There should only be two: Sid and the driver. See more »

Quotes

Margaret Winston: Has it ever occurred to you that there might be an easier way?
Jake Speed: Yeah, so where's the entertainment value in that?
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Connections

References Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins (1985) See more »

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After the Lovin'
Written by A. Bernstein and R. Adams
Performed by Leo Krokos
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"Being a good guy is so predictable. You do everything right"
14 April 2012 | by lost-in-limboSee all my reviews

Wayne Crawford stars as Jake Speed a fictional hero character from paperback novels, but Margaret finds out that he's actually real when he offers to find her missing young sister who was abducted in Paris by a white slavery ring located in South Africa. "Jake Speed" is a low-budget b-grade comic book fantasy adventure caper where the pages simply come to life in a sprawling caper of impulsive thrills, laughs, mayhem and energetic performances. It pretty much spoofs the genre (heroes vs. villains) and it's quite a clever spin on the material too with its fairly witty script, despite how the routine story comes together. The adventures that Jake Speed goes on are what his novels are all about. Nor does he make it easy on himself, because where's the adventure and entertainment in that. Simply there's no other way. Like Speed said "It reads better". Crawford is likable as the rugged Jake Speed and as well as his resourceful partner Des played perfectly delivered by Dennis Christopher. In the role as Margaret is a feisty Karen Kopins. Then the villains are played with hammy glee by John Hurt and Roy London. Also popping up in minor parts are Donna Pescow, Alan Shearman and Ken Learner. Plus there's an interesting instrumental cover of Flashdance's "Maniac" in a grungy looking South African bar. It's quite a sight. An always amusing and bouncy enterprise.

"Come on. We need a big finish".


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