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Above the Law (1988)

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A former Special Operations Vietnam vet works as a Chicago cop, and uncovers C.I.A. wrongdoing.

Director:

Andrew Davis

Writers:

Andrew Davis (story), Steven Seagal (story) | 3 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Steven Seagal ... Nico Toscani
Pam Grier ... Delores 'Jacks' Jackson
Henry Silva ... Kurt Zagon
Ron Dean ... Detective Lukich
Daniel Faraldo ... Tony Salvano
Sharon Stone ... Sara Toscani
Miguel Nino Miguel Nino ... Chi Chi Ramon
Nicholas Kusenko Nicholas Kusenko ... FBI Agent Neeley
Joe Greco Joe Greco ... Father Joseph Gennaro (as Joe V. Greco)
Chelcie Ross ... Nelson Fox
Gregory Alan Williams ... FBI Agent Halloran (as Gregory Alan-Williams)
Jack Wallace ... Uncle Branca
Metta Davis Metta Davis ... Rosa Toscani
Joseph F. Kosala Joseph F. Kosala ... Lieutenant Strozah (as Joseph Kosala)
Ronnie Barron ... CIA Bartender
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Storyline

In Japan, the Sicilian martial arts expert Nicolo "Nico" Toscani is recruited by the CIA Special Agent Nelson Fox to join the Special Operations Forces in the border of the Vietnam and Cambodia. In 1973, Nico witnesses the torturer Kurt Zagon interrogating prisoners of war and he is disgusted and quits the CIA, returning to Chicago. Fifteen years later, Nico is married with a baby with his wife Sarah and they live in the same house of his mother. Nico is a tough and incorruptible narcotics detective of the Chicago Police Department very close to his partner and friend Delores 'Jacks' Jackson and his friend Detective Lukich. When Nico and Jacks investigate a drug traffic operation, they arrest the gang of the drug dealer Tony Salvano but they find that they are smuggling the plastic explosive C4 instead. However there is an interference of the FBI and Salvano and his partner are released by FBI Agent Neeley (Nicholas Kusenko) and the detectives are forbidden of proceed with the ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Taglines:

He was a covert agent trained in Vietnam. He has a master 6th degree black belt in Aikido... and family in the Mafia. He's a cop with an attitude. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Release Date:

22 April 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nico See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,037,938, 10 April 1988, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$18,869,631
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo (4 channels)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The church used in the film was St. Mary of the Angel's on Cortland and Hermitage, built in 1920. See more »

Goofs

When Jackson looks at the ID card, the coroner says, "An aide to Senator Harrison". The ID does not mention which senator the man works for. See more »

Quotes

Punk: I don't think you can take us all, badass.
[Nico shoots the punk dead]
Nico Toscani: No, but I'll get an A for effort.
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Alternate Versions

German uncut DVD came out in 2006 with all violent scenes intact. See more »

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Referenced in Celebrity Deathmatch: Battle of the Bulls (1998) See more »

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Seagal's best
16 July 2001 | by MichaelM24See all my reviews

ABOVE THE LAW is still Steven Seagal's best. He's done many entertaining films since, but this ones remains his best. It's a great urban crime drama with Seagal in peak form as a cop with lightning-fast moves and a knack for delivering justice. Okay, the story of a cop being suspended and ignoring orders to finish the case on his own has been done a gazillion times, but I've never cared about repetition. I just care about the overall outcome of the film. The story isn't great, but keeps you interested and moves at a good pace, with Seagal dispensing bad guys left and right. I love the gritty urban feel of the movie. Director Andrew Davis makes good use of his hometown Chicago's locations. Pam Grier is good, and (avoiding convention) isn't killed off for being the star's partner, and Sharon Stone, as Seagal's wife, has learned to act in the three years since KING SOLOMON'S MINES. Henry Silva is creepy as the bad guy, surrounded by a group of weasel henchmen who eventually all get their ticket punched by Seagal. David Michael Frank also composes a great contemporary-styled soundtrack that deserves a full soundtrack release; it's great music, and a great theme. The action is fun, the pace is good, and Seagal does a good job as always with his slick moves. It may not be great, but it sure is fun.


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