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Excessive Force (1993)

R | | Action | 14 May 1993 (USA)
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A group of Chicago cops are involved in a raid from which $3,000,000 disappears. The local mob go after them and the body count starts to rise. The new Chief of Police makes it clear to the... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Thomas Ian Griffith ... Terry McCain
Lance Henriksen ... Devlin
James Earl Jones ... Jake
Tony Todd ... Frankie Hawkins
Burt Young ... Sal DiMarco
Antoni Corone ... Fat Tommy
Liza Cruzat Liza Cruzat ... Hooker
Leon Delaney Leon Delaney ... Hitman #1
Danny Epper Danny Epper ... Hitman #2
Tony Epper Tony Epper ... Delivery Man
Christopher Garbrecht Christopher Garbrecht ... Red
Danny Goldring ... Lieutenant Landry
Ian Gomez ... Lucas
Paula Anglin Paula Anglin ... Yvonne
Bobby Bass ... Limo Driver
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A group of Chicago cops are involved in a raid from which $3,000,000 disappears. The local mob go after them and the body count starts to rise. The new Chief of Police makes it clear to the last remaining officer that he will look the other way if he takes the law into his own hands. When the policeman finds he can't follow through on this someone else does and he finds himself and his girl are being hunted by more or less everyone for their own reasons. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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In the 70's, Chuck Norris. In the 80's, Steven Seagal. In the '90's, action has a whole new name... Thomas Ian Griffith. See more »

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Action

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 May 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alto Calibre See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,152,117
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

when first released on VHS in the UK in 1993 there was an urgent distributor recall a few days after release when they realized they had accidentally released a cut of the film that had not been certified by the BBFC (British Board of Film Classification). Replacement tapes which had the cut certified by the BBFC had to be sent out to rental shops. See more »

Goofs

When approaching the crime scene at the garbage dump, the coroner has already laid out a body bag next to the dead body. For the close up however, the same body bag is being placed next to the body. See more »

Quotes

Terry McCain: Before they blew his head off, they smashed his knees. His knees, for Christ's sake.
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Alternate Versions

The UK video was cut by 26 seconds with edits to kicks and punches, a man's head being pushed through a car window, a dustbin lid beating, and a man's legs being hit with a baseball bat. The cuts were fully waived for the DVD release. See more »

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Referenced in Be Kind Rewind (2008) See more »

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Dreamlike And Unreal
Written by Jack Ackerman
Performed by Bob Anderson
Published by Jackbar Music
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Sleazy Cast, Sleazy Film
8 March 2007 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

This has all the earmarks of Hollywood excess in modern-day action/crime films: excessive violence, profanity, crooked cops, conspiracy theories, Rambo-like mentality, a sleazy hero and generally no likable characters in the whole film. That about summarizes this one.

However, when you hear that a film is a "direct to video" one, chances are it's not exactly a high- quality film. I agree with one critic who said Thomas Ian Griffith is a better actor than a writer. He does both in this film. It's basically his movie. I also think he's pretty good at being an unlikeable guy on screen. Of course, I could say the same of the sleazy characters Burt Young and Lance Henrikson usually played, too. When you see this cast, the content isn't surprising. I never thought James Earl Jones was as classy as his reputation, and him being mixed in with this group only solidifies my position regarding him.


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