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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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Taglines:

More than a myth. Less than a legend. And a bit too big for his boots... 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:

En busca de la chica perdida See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,058,048, 1 June 1986

Gross USA:

$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

[Margaret is captured by the white slavers]
Sid: Yesss. You're a bit straight, but you've got potential.
Margaret Winston: You scum sucking pig!
Sid: How old are you, pussycat? How old!
Margaret Winston: Twenty-seven.
Sid: Sorry. This is a game for kids.
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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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Why no respect
17 July 2011 | by AcmcguySee all my reviews

Unlike most reviewers I feel Wayne Crawford was amazing. Karen was amazing Christopher filled the partner role awesomely .44's blazing!!! The cast was perfect for the story. But quite possibly the most overlooked role of all time was John Hurt who played a great bad guy in V for vendetta and for how great he was there (in my opinion) plays the greatest bad guy off all time.

The lines were written so perfectly and he delivered them in a way that should have won every best bad guy ever award. Pure evil

This movie never gets the respect it deserves. Why? Because people don't take the movie for what it is. A FUN action flick with ultimate good vs. Evil.

Great one liners. Great vehicles and chases. And the greatest shotgun of any movie ( even the Expendibels shotgun pales)

How many movies 20 years later try to show the horrors of civil war in Africa ( like 3 ?) There is more going on in this story than people see.

I really wish this movie, the cast, the acting, the plight of Africa and the helpless citizens.

Remember my words an amazing hero and the greatest bad guy ever portrayed on screen


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