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Future Force (1989)

In the future, a cop protects a reporter from crooked, renegade cops who think she knows too much about them.


David A. Prior


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Cast overview, first billed only:
David Carradine ... Tucker
Robert Tessier ... Becker
Anna Rapagna Anna Rapagna ... Marion
William Zipp William Zipp ... Adams
Patrick Culliton ... Grimes
Dawn Wildsmith ... Roxanne
D.C. Douglas ... Billy
Kimberley Casey Kimberley Casey ... Alicia
August Winters August Winters ... Johnson
John Cianetti John Cianetti ... Attacker #1
Brian Edward O'Connor Brian Edward O'Connor ... Attacker #2 (as Brian O'Connor)
Don Scribner ... Driver
Blair Presser Blair Presser ... Passenger
Clement Blake ... Bartender (as Clement E. Blake)
Judy Styres Judy Styres ... Dancer


John Tucker is the notoriously feared leader of the Civilian Operated Police Systems, a ruthless band of bounty hunters formed to restore order in a city overrun with crime. In the name of the law, and armed with an arsenal of weapons, he will stop at nothing to capture each bounty. But when corruption is exposed within the C.O.P.S. organization--instead of upholding the law--John Tucker will be forced to fight it. Written by Echo Bridge Home Entertainment

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Judge. Jury. Executioner.


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Release Date:

8 February 1991 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

Fuerza futura See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Tucker: David Harris? I'm John Tucker, Civilian Operated Police. You have committed a crime and are presumed guilty. You have a right to die. If you choose to relinquish that right, you will be placed under arrest and imprisoned. I haven't got all night.
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Near the bottom of the barrel for the dystopian future film genre.
19 October 2016 | by Idiot-DeluxeSee all my reviews

"Come on Tucker get up I want some more of your ass!"

Warning: Look out for the airborn knuckle-sandwich an hour and eight minutes in!

1989's Future Force is highly typical of the Derrick that David Carradine churned out throughout his career, in fact it's a textbook example of exactly what level of film-making one can expect to see when the name David Carradine shows up; another good/typical example of his work would Dune Warriors, which was made the year after Future Force.

Carradine's a cop of sort's "the top-gun in his precinct", but more accurately he's a bounty hunter, he works for C.O.P.S. (civilian operated police systems) it's supposedly "the future", but you'd NEVER guess it by any of the visuals this movie has to offer. Filmed in and around L.A. and in "the future" nearly everyone is clad in denim from head to toe and they use the standard fire-arm's of today, why "Tucker" (that's Carradine's character) even uses an antique pistol, a type that dates back to the 1800's - again their supposedly depicting "the future" here. Never have I seen a lamer or lazier or less imaginative attempt to depict the future then what we see in this movie, again, that's FUTURE Force were talking about here. However there is one instance where they actually tried to convince the audience that what they were seeing was really "the future", it's their one attempt at hi-tech. Tucker has this special one-of-a-kind glove (that he keeps in the back of his Jeep Cherokee, yep those are his "futuristic" wheels, there are several old-beater station wagons used as well, I'm not kidding) that can do "all kinds of things", such as shoot laser beams, give him super-human strength and by use of a remote-control it can fly through the air and unleash a clench-fisted air-born assault against Tucker's enemies. This glove Tucker has pretty much looks like a glorified version of a Nintendo Power-Glove (which was brand-new on the market at the time)- yes, the cheese-factor of this lame action flick is pretty high times.

Throughout the movie the action is completely standard-fare, except for the chase scenes which are well below average. Other than Carradine the only other actor of note (that anyone's familiar with) to be seen in Future Force is the distinctive character actor, the late Robert Tessier (Rob was unfortunately cut-down by cancer the following year), other than those two the cast is filled out with no-name/inter-changeable actor's. To his credit the guy who plays the lead-villain is pretty good, whoever he is. It's surprising that Carradine, a martial arts expert, would look and move the way he does in this movie, having a bit of a gut and he exerts the minimum amount of energy and effort throughout the movie - in other words, a very lazy and half-assed performance. You can plainly tell he's not interested in the movie and is merely there to pick up a check, which if you watch his movies, usually seems to be Carradine's MO (with maybe a few exceptions, Lone Wold McQuade is pretty good). If you can believe it they actually felt the need to make a sequel the very next year, yes they were highly motivated (Carradine returns, just for another paycheck) to churn out yet another generic, sub-par, quickly forgotten low-budget action film - in the form of 1990's "Future Zone", which is really no better or worse than Future Force.

Ultimately this movie, Future Force, is a profoundly unremarkable and easily forgotten movie that has very little to offer, it is lazy, amateurish and uninspired - though I have seen worse.

Note: I think you'll find the location photography to be just INSPIRED throughout, the crew did a real bang-up job capturing L.A. in all it's splendor. I wonder if thee iconic "Happy Burger" restaurant (there's this -ridiculous- shot an hour or so into the movie, where Happy Burger's garish outer facade fills nearly the entire shot!!) is still up is still up and going - if so I'd like to try one!

Future Force would make a perfect double-feature with R.O.T.O.R. What would be the sale's pitch? Maybe, "Do you like Crappy Movies? Well hey, you're in luck - here's two more!"

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