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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 »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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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Technical Specs

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

Jake Speed: Sometimes you do things the hard way.
Margaret Winston: Why?
Jake Speed: Reads better.
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Connections

References The Terminator (1984) 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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The Adventures of Jake Speed.
8 September 2005 | by Captain_CouthSee all my reviews

Jake Speed (1986) was an amusing parody of Indiana Jones and other adventurer films that were popular during the eighties. Wayne Crawford stars as Jake Speed, an adventurer who's always battling evil doers wherever he goes. With his assistant Desmond Floyd (Dennis Christopher) they globe trot looking for some action (and some decent story lines). The duo meet a young woman named Margaret (Karen Kopins) who's sister has been kidnapped by an evil white slaver trader (John Hurt). Can she find and convince Jake and Desmond to help her rescue her sibling?

A sappy and cheesy film that doesn't pretend to be something that it's not. I have to give this one a recommendation. That's if you enjoy movies that like to have fun and for those who don't take everything at face value.

Recommended.


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