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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

Writer:

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:

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Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Dolby

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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 »

Alternate Versions

The UK VHS is cut by 69 seconds for an '18' rating. The later DVD is uncut. See more »

Connections

Followed by Martial Law II: Undercover (1991) See more »

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Written and Performed by Tempest
Luvyababe Music (BMI)
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He's so good, they call him Martial Law! Awesome
26 February 2005 | by AwesomeWolfSee all my reviews

Cheap DVD + Cynthia Rothrock + David Carradine + Chad McQueen as a butt-kicking cop whose nickname is Martial Law = Instant winner.

Chad McQueen stars as Sean Thompson, a cop whose martial-arts skills are so good that even his brother Michael calls him Martial Law more often then Sean. Sean teams up with another cop, Billie Blake (Cynthia Rothrock) to beat bad-guys up and stop a gang of car-smugglers and drug-runners under the command of Dalton Rhodes (David Carradine). Sean and Billie are going to need all of their skills to take on Dalton, as he has a nasty habit of killing nearly everyone he meets.

Plot? What plot? Just remember the term 'Dim Mak', and you'll know how Rhodes goes about killing people. There are some points where McQueen and Rothrock seem to forget that they are in an action B-movie, as McQueen's character laments that he abandoned his brother to go to Hong Hong, and has nothing to show for it apart from martial-arts championship trophies. Awesome.

'Martial Law' has some nice fight scenes, although none stand out as being anything special. It is entertaining, and all that really matters is we get to see Cynthia Rothrock and Chad McQueen in plenty of butt-kicking action.

As far as action B-movies go, 'Martial Law' is nothing special, but is fun to watch - 6/10


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