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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 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 »

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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)

Gross USA:

$20,257,000
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to the Captain, Jericho "Action" Jackson was a high school star athlete in track and field who later earned a Harvard Law degree, but chose to pursue a career in police work. In real life, Carl Weathers played professional football for five years in the NFL and in the Canadian Football League before pursuing an acting career. See more »

Goofs

When Carl Weathers and Vanity jump out of the hotel window to escape the police and onto the roof of his convertible parked in an alley, their impact reveals the mattresses inside the car covered with black cloth which comes undone at the rear window. You can also see the scaffolding at the bottom of the scene for the camera, also protected with a mattress. See more »

Quotes

Officer Kornblau: Police emergency! We're commandeering your car!
Woman driving car: The fuck you are!
[Drives away]
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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 Family Guy: Baby, You Knock Me Out (2010) See more »

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PROTECT AND SERVE
Performed by West Coast Posse
Written by Stevie Salas, Pee Wee Jam and M.C. Jam
Produced by Stevie Salas (as Stevie "No Wonder" Salas) for Powertrax
(C) 1988 Lorimar Music Bee Corp.
All rights reserved.
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"Action Jackson" is a competently standard showcase for Carl Weathers' superhero cool…
18 May 2008 | by Nazi_Fighter_DavidSee all my reviews

Action is a proud man, a high-school track star, a dedicated cop, a sergeant who lost his lieutenant's stripes almost two years ago…

He jostles a conceited, two-faced, backstabbing mass murderer called Peter Dellaplane (Craig T. Nelson). Director Craig R. Baxley has not only carried it off, but makes you believe it… One must also give some of the credit to Carl Weathers whose erect muscular body and his charm and good looks give some credence to the heroics…

The picture contains fun, lots of action, and two sexy women…

Vanity looked so gorgeous when she was shot up with heroin…

Stone met her husband after his first wife died and his son went to prison… She thinks that he may seem greedy and arrogant but he remained loved by everyone, and the whole experience changed him… She also thinks that Jackson is not so different from her husband, that both are stubborn, and both intent on getting what they want…


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