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Steele's Law (1991)

R | | Action , Thriller
Steele, a plainclothes Chicago cop, is recruited by the FBI to foil an assassination plot in Dallas, Texas. It seems that Joe Keno, a former nemesis of Steele, is planning to assassinate ... See full summary »

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Fred Williamson
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Fred Williamson ... Lt. John Steele
Bo Svenson ... Sheriff Barnes
Doran Ingram Doran Ingram ... Keno
Robin McGee Robin McGee ... Richards
Phyllis Cicero Phyllis Cicero ... Rose Holly
Vincent Gaskins Vincent Gaskins ... Special Agent Votel (as Vinnie Gaskins)
Grant James ... R.J. Bowen
Jerry Haynes ... Ben Slade
Paul Tepper Paul Tepper ... Big John Taggard
Ken Patterson Ken Patterson ... Randy Case
Harvey Martin Harvey Martin ... Captain Fargo
Benton Jennings ... Agent West
Alan Ackles ... Agent Wills
Walter Hardys Walter Hardys ... Mojo
Quentin Morgan Quentin Morgan ... Bartender (as Quentin Roy Morgan)
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Steele, a plainclothes Chicago cop, is recruited by the FBI to foil an assassination plot in Dallas, Texas. It seems that Joe Keno, a former nemesis of Steele, is planning to assassinate the Iraqi ambassador to the U.S. Keno is funded by several prominent Texas businessmen. Steele travels to Dallas, where he makes friends with Barnes; Steele is contacted by a Dallas-based FBI agent who sets him up with his contact, "Peacekeeper." Joe Keno has abandoned previous ways and methods; the assassin is now also a serial killer. While Keno's victims are found in abandoned warehouses and parks, Steele encounters numerous obstacles. The Chicago cop encounters friendly Texas racists, is ambushed in a redneck saloon, and battles the incompetence and petty jealousy of Dallas police. Meanwhile Steele tries to stop Keno before the Iraqi ambassador becomes his next victim. Written by veloc <velo_00@yahoo.com>

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John Steele is a cop... out of his jurisdiction... out of his depth... out for blood!

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Action | Thriller

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Rated R for violence, sensuality and language. | See all certifications »
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USA

Language:

English

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MTI,Po' Boy Productions See more »
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"Special Guest Appearance" by Bo Svenson!
17 June 2003 | by Zantara XenophobeSee all my reviews

It isn't exactly fair to go into a movie starring Fred Williamson expecting a knock out of an action movie. He's had some which took me by surprise, such as the cool `Night Vision,' but by and large you should expect low budget fare that you hope is a little entertaining. With `Steele's Law,' Williamson just about got a thumbs up from me, but not quite. Williamson is Steele, Chicago's answer to Dirty Harry, a tough-as-nails cop not afraid to leave a big body count behind. He is assigned to take a trip to Dallas and help the federal and local authorities stop the assassination of the Iraqi ambassador, which could cause a political catastrophe (remember, this was made during the first Gulf War). The reason a street cop is called in on this is because the assassin happens to be an old foe of Steele's that was recently paroled. Lately, this killer has been leaving behind a string of bodies, killing merely for fun. Steele must find any leads he can before the assassination occurs.

Not much else can really be said about the plot. It's not spectacular, but it isn't required to be so as long as it doesn't delve into the annals of stupidity. In addition to starring, Williamson also produced, directed, and came up with the story for this movie, and he keeps things chugging right along to the conclusion as director. This is the saving grace because it holds interest in an otherwise incoherent series of scenes. I'm not too picky, and I didn't have a problem with any of the action scenes. Actually, Williamson appeared to be doing his own stunts and was pretty good at throwing punches and kicks. He's no Van Damme, but it worked for me. And then there were appearances by Bo Svenson, which were actually some good scenes, and I was happy for them. A little more Svenson in the end would have been helpful, but alas, it was not to be. Still, if you are a fan of The Hammer, you'll want to check this one out. If not, go watch a Dirty Harry movie. Zantara's score: 5 out of 10.


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