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Out for Justice (1991)

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The gruesome murder of a Brooklyn Detective will turn the case into a personal vendetta when the deceased's best friend and fellow officer will unleash an all-out attack against a psychotic Mafia enforcer's brutal gang.


John Flynn


R. Lance Hill (as David Lee Henry)



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Steven Seagal ... Det. Gino Felino
William Forsythe ... Richie Madano
Jerry Orbach ... Capt. Ronnie Donziger
Jo Champa ... Vicky Felino
Shareen Mitchell ... Laurie Lupo
Sal Richards Sal Richards ... Frankie
Gina Gershon ... Patti Madano
Jay Acovone ... Bobby Arms
Nick Corello Nick Corello ... Joey Dogs (as Nicky Corello)
Robert LaSardo ... Bochi (as Robert Lasardo)
John Toles-Bey ... King
Joe Spataro Joe Spataro ... Det. Bobby Lupo
Ron Brumbelow Ron Brumbelow ... Cop
Jack Cipolla Jack Cipolla ... Cop
Chic Daniel ... Cop (as Charles Daniel)


Brooklyn cop Gino Felino is about to go outside and play catch with his son Tony when he receives a phone call alerting him that his best friend Bobby Lupo has been shot dead in broad daylight on 18th Avenue in front of his wife Laurie Lupo and his two kids by drug kingpin Richie Madano, who has been Gino and Bobby's enemy since childhood. As Gino is hunting Madano down, Gino discovers the motive behind Bobby's murder. This is when Gino's hunt for Madano leads to the showdown of a lifetime. Written by Todd Baldridge <sandib@eastky.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


He's a cop. It's a dirty job... but somebody's got to take out the garbage. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence and language, and for sensuality and drug use | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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English | Italian | Spanish

Release Date:

12 April 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Price of Our Blood See more »


Box Office


$14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,524,026, 14 April 1991, Wide Release

Gross USA:

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Company Credits

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Technical Specs


| (heavily cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo (4 channels)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Film debut of Julianna Margulies. See more »


When Richie shoots Bobby outside the market, he throws the Polaroid pictures on his body. There is lots of blood on Bobby's shirt. When Gino shows up to investigate, the shirt is obviously less bloody. See more »


Tattoos: Motherfucker, you knocked my teeth out!
[Gino hits him again]
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Alternate Versions

Although passed uncut for UK cinema early video versions were cut by 54 secs by the BBFC with edits to a man being thrown through a car window during the opening scene, a hand being impaled with a cleaver, a cue ball being wrapped in a handkerchief during the pool hall fight, a closeup of a shooting, and wrist snaps and blows with a rolling pin during the final fight between Gino and Richie. When it was shown on Sky's movie channels, these scenes were all present, but other violent footage had been trimmed. The version shown on network TV in the UK (Channel 5) also had some of the missing material, but again, at the expense of other edits. The cuts were fully restored in the 1999 widescreen DVD release. See more »


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"Justice" was the very last thing on Steven Seagal's, Det. Gino Felino, mind in this movie
9 September 2004 | by sol-kaySee all my reviews

****SPOILERS**** Outrageously violent, even for a Steven Seagal movie, as our "hero" Steven Seagal, Det. Gino Felino, is out looking for a coke-crazed hood Richie Madano, William Forsythe, and his not-too-bright gang who were responsible for murdering his partner Bobby Lupo, Joe Spatago, on a Brooklyn street in front of his wife and little boy. During the run of the movie Gino breaks every code of justice conduct and police department regulation on the books by busting up some two dozen hoods. Who for the most part tried to avoid the unstable and dangerous out of control policemen. Steven Seagal's Gino Felino even made the cop in the movie "Maniac Cop" look normal.

You wondered why Gino's boss Capt Donziger, Jerry Orbach, never as much as complained, much less suspended, the obviously crazed and homicidal detective and where was the citizens police review board in the movie, where they out to lunch or asleep? Even women weren't safe from the off-the-wall Gino with his brutalizing and humiliating Richie's sister Patti, Gina Gershon, and a bar girl who worked in her nightclub Terry, Shannon Whirry, who were totally innocent and had nothing to do with Bobby Lupo's murder. Even Richie's elderly parents were terrorized by the uncouth Gino even though later Gino apologized to them after the damage was already done, nice man that Gino. Like thats what it would take to make him a good guy in the movie.As for the coke-sniffing and crazy Richie he seemed to want to get caught and never made any attempt to get out of the city and just waited for the end to come partying in a hooker's apartment with his drugged out gang.

Watching Gino in action you wondered if even the Mafia would want him to work for them as a muscle man or enforcer? The Mob was far more civil professional and kinder when they dealt with the same hoods that Gino worked over in the movie.

It turned out that Gino's partner Bobby Lupo was killed by Richie for cheating on his wife by having an affair with Richie's woman Roxanne Ford, Julie Strain, and also, surprise, Bobby was a dirty cop on the take to, thats right, Richie's drug gang.

The final shoot out at Richie's "pad" was as ridicules as the rest of the movie with Gino taking on the entire Madano gang who were dangerous and armed to the teeth single handily and getting a bullet in his gut for the effort. Gino was either too crazy or stupid, or both, to bother to call the police to come to his aid. In fact it was the Mafia who came to the "rescue" after almost everyone of Richie's gang were killed.

Having it out with Richie Gino beats him to a pulp and then instead of trying to arrest the almost dead Richie drives what looks like a sharp screwdriver through his brain killing him. So much for Gino being "Out for Justice" like the movie title says.

For all his viciousness Gino did have his good points but they were at the very beginning and end of the movie. At the start of the movie "Out for Justice" Gino slams a vicious pimp against a brick wall and then throws him head-first into a car windshield. After the pimp brutalized one of his streetwalker for getting pregnant by one of her customers. At the end of the movie Gino let a guy have it who threw a puppy, that Gino later adopted, out of his moving car window by kicking him in his family jewels. As Gino and his wife walked away the puppy showed the creep who tried to kill him just what he thought of him.

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