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Action Jackson (1988)

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Vengence drives a tough Detroit cop to stay on the trail of a power hungry auto magnate who's systematically eliminating his competition.

Director:

Craig R. Baxley

Writer:

Robert Reneau
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Carl Weathers ... 'Action' Jackson
Craig T. Nelson ... Peter Dellaplane
Vanity ... Sydney Ash
Sharon Stone ... Patrice Dellaplane
Thomas F. Wilson ... Officer Kornblau
Bill Duke ... Capt. Armbruster
Robert Davi ... Tony Moretti
Jack Thibeau ... Detective Kotterwell
Roger Aaron Brown ... Officer Lack
Stan Foster Stan Foster ... Albert
Mary Ellen Trainor ... Secretary
Ed O'Ross ... Stringer
Bob Minor ... Gamble
David Glen Eisley David Glen Eisley ... Thaw
Dennis Hayden ... Shaker
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Storyline

Jericho "Action" Jackson is a Detroit police sergeant who was demoted from lieutenant for almost tearing the arm off of sexually violent sociopath Sean Dellaplane, whose father is Peter Dellaplane, a major car manufacturer. But Dellaplane himself is violent as well. Dellaplane kills his wife Patrice by shooting her. And then he plants her body in Jackson's apartment, framing Jackson. Dellaplane won't miss Patrice very much, because he has a drug-addicted mistress named Sydney Ash. He keeps Sydney hooked with a free supply of heroin. Jackson suspects Dellaplane of masterminding a murder spree against local officials from the auto workers' union. Dellaplane's mission is to gain a political power base and choose the next president of the United States. Because of what happened to Dellaplane's son Sean, Dellaplane has taken a particular dislike to Jackson. Jackson gets Sydney's help in going after Dellaplane. Written by Todd Baldridge

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It's Time For "Action" See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 February 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Acción Jackson See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,424,783, 15 February 1988

Gross USA:

$20,256,975

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$20,256,975
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Both Carl Weathers and Vanity appeared in the music video for this film's theme song, "He Turned Me Out," by the Pointer Sisters. The clip featured the two playing pool in a bar, with Vanity beating Carl handily, as the Pointers sang around them. See more »

Goofs

When Jericho walks up to meet Patrice, and she storms out the door, he says: "Hi, I was just coming to see you!" After "Hi" his mouth barely moves. This is one of many scenes which have extensive ADR. Most of the outdoor scenes or dialogue in cars seem to be dubbed to various degrees. Also, the singing done by Sydney in the club is clearly play-backed. Though this could just be part of her routine. See more »

Quotes

Albert: Jackson, why did you have to bring me along in the first place?
Action Jackson: You remind me of a old friend.
Albert: Then why didn't you bring your old friend?
Action Jackson: He's dead.
Albert: Damn, man why did you have to tell me that?
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Alternate Versions

UK cinema and video versions were cut by 9 secs to remove shots of a butterfly knife being twirled and a topless woman's stabbed body. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Middle: Bad Choices (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Original soundtrack album available on Lorimar records and cassettes
Distributed by Atlantic Recording Corporation
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User Reviews

 
Vanity is gorgeous plus lots of great small roles
24 January 2010 | by theoshulSee all my reviews

Vanity is unbelievably beautiful, and funny, from beginning to end and from stem to stern.

She is matched by golden-blonde Sharon Stone. Both these gorgeous hotties appear topless! And there are many wonderful actors in small roles, including three of the greatest character-actors of the time: Robert Davi, Ed O'Ross, and Nicholas Worth, the terrifying, rubbery-lipped basso who plays Dellaplane's butler.

The screenplay is totally brain-free, written for stoned teenagers. (In this universe, it's EASY to break a heroin-habit!) But the action is hot, the women are sexy, the music is ultra-hip, and the villains are creepy.

Great fun. Royal fun.


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