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Martial Law (1990)

R | | Action, Crime | Video 16 May 1991
An undercover cop teams up with a martial-arts expert to stop a gang of drug smugglers and car thieves.

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Steve Cohen

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Richard Brandes
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chad McQueen ... Sean Thompson
Cynthia Rothrock ... Billie Blake
David Carradine ... Dalton Rhodes
Andy McCutcheon Andy McCutcheon ... Michael Thompson
Philip Tan ... Wu Han
Tony Longo ... Booker
Vincent Craig Dupree ... Faster Brown (as V.C. Dupree)
Jim Malinda Jim Malinda ... Captain Sykes
Rick Walters Rick Walters ... Cramer
Patricia Wilson Patricia Wilson ... Grace (as Patricia J. Wilson)
Lars Lundgren Lars Lundgren ... Ruppin
Professor Toru Tanaka ... Jimmy Kong
John Fujioka ... Chang
Etan Boritzer Etan Boritzer ... Store Owner
Marty Dudek Marty Dudek ... Rookie Cop
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Storyline

When it comes to maximum law enforcement, only police officers Sean Thompson and Billie Blake can deliver the power of justice...with their bare hands. They're a part of the L.A.P.D.'s new program called 'Martial Law', a police force that uses full-contact martial arts to subdue criminals in situations where guns are a no-go. But now Sean and Billie's talents in karate as well as their knowledge on the criminal underworld will be put to the test when they find themselves on a collision course with Dalton Rhodes, a criminal mastermind who runs a cartel-for-hire business, using his dojo as a front for his illegal activities and recruiting new talent. In addition to being a career criminal, Rhodes is also a master at rare forms of kung fu and the last practitioner of the deadly 'dim-mak' (death touch) technique. When Sean's troublesome baby brother Michael falls in with Rhodes' crowd and becomes a victim of their murderous exploits, the police duo will be forced to take the law into ... Written by Keno Reeves (spywatcher459)

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The power of justice is in their hands! See more »

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Action | Crime

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 May 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Leis Marciais See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Dolby

Color:

Color
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Cynthia Rothrock accidentally struck a performer in the groin with a baseball bat during the filming of a fight scene. The man in question had opted to be in the scene despite not being a professional stuntman and the injury occurred when he failed to roll in the right direction, necessitating a hospital visit. See more »

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Cynthia Rothrock in a bad movie
14 September 2012 | by ebiros2See all my reviews

At this point it was clear that Hong Kong movie studios have surpassed the quality of American B movie production studios. This is a movie that features Cynthia Rothrock, but if you compare the quality of the production of this movie to the ones she's starred in in Hong Kong, there's no comparison. There're very little redeeming quality to this movie.

Like other bad B movies, the movie is almost entirely constructed out of low importance teaser. The real action doesn't start until the very last minute.

The story of this movie is so derivative, and the way it's shot is mediocre to bad. There are many scenes with hard shadows that makes them difficult to see what the subject is.

Even with these negatives, if you're a Cynthia Rothrock fan, you'd probably be entertained.

This is a real B movie, and a bad one. Best stay away from it.


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