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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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Jon Hess
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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 ... 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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Storyline

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 <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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Finally the punishment fits the crime 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

The film only ever received a regional (major cities only) release in the U.S. before being sent to video. 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: Give it up.
Hitman #2: Fuck you!
Terry McCain: Oh, that's original.
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Alternate Versions

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

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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Crackerjack 2: Hostage Train (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Excessive Force
Written and Performed by Bill Wesley
Rap Written and Performed by Adao Carter
Published by Watta Wesley Music
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S10 Reviews: Excessive Force (1993)
14 March 2005 | by suspiria10See all my reviews

Thomas Ian Griffith (who was introduced to film audiences as the slimy Terry Silver in The Karate Kid part III) wrote, produced and stars in this action flick about Terry McCann, a Chicago cop with a short fuse (and one hell of a kick) who becomes engulfed in an inside plot to steal $3 million in mob money from a crime scene. They don't like that. He now has to unravel the plot before it gets him killed and those he loves around him.

I really enjoyed Excessive Force (1993). Griffith is a very likable and watchable action hero. The plot isn't the most original thing going for it but it moves fast and has good energy. An interesting cast was assembled for the film which included genre fave Lance Henrikson, Vader's voice James Earl Jones, Candyman himself Tony Todd, Rocky's brother-in-law Burt Young and the exotic Charlotte Lewis. The cast I think is what saved it from becoming standard action fare.


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