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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:

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Trivia

Robert Davi and Mary Ellen Trainor both appeared in The Goonies (1985). See more »

Goofs

First two yacht guards fall overboard after being killed. When third yacht guard comes to investigate, he sees their bodies on deck before he is fatally attacked. See more »

Quotes

Officer Kornblau: It was a regular fuck-o-rama at my place last night.
Officer Lack: Can the shit, Kornblau. There ain't been any pussy at your pad since your mother helped you move in. They oughta call your place the House of Wax.
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Alternate Versions

German theatrical and sell-through VHS versions were cut for violence to secure a "Not under 16" rating. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Crackerjack 2: Hostage Train (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

FARAWAY EYES
Performed by Vanity
Written by Jesse Johnson and Sue Ann Carwell
Produced by Jesse Johnson for J.W.J. Productions, Inc.
(C) 1987 Crazy People Music
Administered by Almo Music Corp.
All rights reserved.
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Great 80s Fun
4 December 2006 | by reverendtomSee all my reviews

Okay, now what isn't there to like about a movie that stars Carl Weathers, Craig T. Nelson, a young Sharon Stone (scrumptious), Bill Duke, Vanity (good googly moogly) and tons of other recognizable 80s actors? Nothing! This movie rules. In the words of my roommate, "you come for Carl Weathers and you stay for Craig T Nelson." Carl Weathers is great as straight ahead copper Action Jackson, but Craig T Nelson steals the show here as the evil Mr. Delaplane. He is such a twisted jerk that being the richest man in Detroit and having a young Sharon Stone as his wife isn't enough, he needs to shoot Vanity full of heroin, too. (Side note: Vanity was extremely strung out on crack cocaine at this time, read Motley Crue's book: "The Dirt" for more info.) The action and laughs are nonstop. If you love dumb 80s big budget action, this is a must see. 8/10.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 February 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Action 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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