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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 »
1 nomination. See more awards »

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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

Nico learned martial arts in Japan, and was in Vietnam for the CIA, and now is a cop in the vice squad of Chicago. A junkie tells him about a big drug deal; However it turns out that the deal was about C4 explosives and that one of the parties was the CIA. Nico gets ordered to keep out of it, but can't imagine why the CIA would sell C4, so he investigates further. While risking his and his young family's life, he discovers that the CIA tries to cover it's connections to drug dealers in Middle America and wouldn't even stop from murder. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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He's a cop who believes no one is above the law. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Steven Seagal personally selected every weapon seen in the film. See more »

Goofs

When Lukich passes Jacks on the stairs during the saving the priest scene and Jacks gets shot with 12-gage, you can see the holes in the shirt before she falls down the stairs. Briefly right after she starts to fall, you can see the shirt no longer has the holes from the gunshot. See more »

Quotes

Delores Jackson: Isn't this your mother's church?
Nico Toscani: Yeah,but I bet you she doesn't see these boys in the choir.
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Alternate Versions

Although the UK cinema version was passed uncut, video versions were cut by 15 secs by the BBFC to edit shots of a man's nose being punched from a bar fight, drug use and an arm break during the final fight scene. The DVD features the same cut print. The uncut version was released on Blu-ray in the UK in 2009, but had not been officially classified by the BBFC, and was thus pulled from sale. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Intimate Portrait: Pam Grier (1999) See more »

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Steven Seagal's bone crunching debut
21 May 2010 | by disdressed12See all my reviews

back in 1988,a new action hero emerged on the scene.exploded is a more apt description i guess.that action hero was named Steven Seagal.he makes quite an impression in his first film,exposing the masses to a little known fighting style known as Aikido.Seagal shows some acting promise as well,in this film,and even in a few more subsequent films.one thing is certain he captured the public's interest,in a big way,for awhile at least.as for this film,it has all the ingredients that are necessary for a good action film.is it his best film to date?i don't think so,but it does rate fairly high among his films nevertheless.for me,Above the Law is a 7/10


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Country:

USA

Release Date:

22 April 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,037,938, 10 April 1988

Gross USA:

$18,869,631

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$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

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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