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Beyond the Law (1993)

An undercover cop joins a murderous, arms-dealing biker gang to try to put them behind bars.

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Larry Ferguson

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Larry Ferguson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlie Sheen ... Daniel 'Dan' Saxon
Linda Fiorentino ... Renee Jason
Michael Madsen ... Blood
Courtney B. Vance ... Conroy Price
Leon Rippy ... Virgil
Dennis Burkley ... Oatmeal
Lyndsay Riddell Lyndsay Riddell ... Marybette Jason
Rino Thunder ... Bogus Charlie
Rip Torn ... Deputy Butch Prescott
James Oscar Lee James Oscar Lee ... Highside
Ed Adams Ed Adams ... Dirt
Hollie Chamberlain Hollie Chamberlain ... Stephie
Richard Madsen Richard Madsen ... Buster
Larry Ferguson Larry Ferguson ... Sheriff Kelly
Ted Parks Ted Parks ... Sidewinder
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Storyline

Dan Saxon (Charlie Sheen) is an undercover cop who infiltrates a biker gang to nail the scum behind a drug-smuggling operation. In order to maintain the trust of the gang's leader, Blood (Michael Madsen), he must commit ever more dangerous and heinous crimes. Just how far 'beyond the law' will Saxon go? Written by Alfred Jingle

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Taglines:

Some men are meant to stand between good and evil.

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 April 1993 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Phoenix, Arizona, USA See more »

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Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The real Dan Saxon was an extra in the movie. See more »

Goofs

When Dan meets Renee at her house just prior to the San Carlos Run, a crewman becomes visible at the right edge of the round mirror behind them on the wall for about a second. See more »

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[first lines]
Title Card: It is easy to go down in to hell; night and day the gates of dark death stand wide; but to climb back up again, to retrace one's steps to the open air, there lies the problem, the difficult task. Virgil: The Aeneid
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Alternate Versions

Two versions are available in Germany on VHS/DVD. One is the uncut version and is labeled FSK18, one is cut for violence (for example the murder on the Asian-woman) and is labeled FSK16. See more »

Soundtracks

Hell's Kitchen
Written by David Clarke and Julius Ulrich
Performed by Asphalt Ballet
Courtesy of Virgin Records America, Inc.
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On The Road To Hell With Charlie Sheen
1 February 2013 | by bayardhilerSee all my reviews

Long before he went on his "winning" streak, Charlie Sheen was actually a pretty decent actor and while he's always had a wild side to him, he was also a little bit down to earth (at least more to down to earth than he is now). One of the movies that Charlie starred in in his hey day was a little movie from HBO called "Beyond the Law" in 1993. In it, Charlie stars as Daniel Saxon, a small town cop who's struggling with demons from his past as well as his identity of being half Native American when out of the blue, he gets an offer from a federal agent (the underrated Courtney B. Vance) to infiltrate a brutal biker gang known as the Jackals. With the help of a biker misfit named Virgil (the constant scene stealing Leon Rippy) Saxon is able to learn how to act, think, and look like a real mean biker. His performance is so good in fact, that the club's leader, Blood (played by the always menacing Michael Madsen) actually offers Saxon membership in the club.However, the deeper Daniel goes undercover, the more trouble he has in keeping his soul from descending into the dark hell permanently. The story is also able to draw on the character's Native American roots and provide a spiritual allegory of losing one's self to the darkness and finding it again.

What's more, this was apparently based on a true story; however, like a lot of Hollywood true tales, I'm sure the filmmakers decided to add a little embellishment here and there. Still, the real life agent (his real name being Dan Black) did serve as a technical adviser and does appear somewhere in the film as an extra. Another thing that adds to the film is the surprisingly good soundtrack that accompanies the action. I say surprisingly because, for the most part, the soundtrack is done by unknowns but it just goes to show you that you don't need famous musicians to do a good soundtrack; sometimes just any good musicians will do the trick. Also starring the beautiful Linda Fiorentino as a photo journalist who helps lead Daniel away from the darkness and in a small role, the legendary Rip Torn, "Beyond the Law" is a nice way to kill some time by providing you with a good story and some really nice motorcycles. 9 out of 10. P.S. watch out for those outlaw bikers.


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