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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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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 1990 UK video was cut by 1 min 9 secs to heavily remove all footage of nunchakus and throwing stars. The 2002 Delta DVD release is fully uncut. See more »

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Followed by Mission of Justice (1992) See more »

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A waste of Rothrock's talent.
2 December 2018 | by BA_HarrisonSee all my reviews

Cynthia Rothrock kicked off her movie career in Hong Kong, but was eventually lured back to the U.S. to star in numerous martial arts films, very few of which come close to the quality of her Eastern output. Martial Law, one of her earlier American efforts, is a forgettable action flick with Ms. Rothrock relegated to supporting character, vice cop Billie Blake, love interest of Sean Thompson (Chad McQueen), who goes undercover to bring down the bad guys responsible for the death of his wayward younger brother Michael (Andy McCutcheon).

With such a clichéd plot and with Cindy playing second fiddle to McQueen, the film doesn't offer much for fans of the lovely lethal lady to get excited about. There are sporadic fight scenes that fail to impress thanks to uninspired direction from Steve Cohen and weak choreography, and the casting of David Carradine as crime-lord Dalton Rhodes leads to a rather disappointing final showdown, the actor (54 at time of shooting) unable to pull off any impressive moves. The most memorable performance is by Philip Tan as Rhodes' Cockney right-hand man Wu Han - he's a blast. Also look out for the great Bennie 'The Jet' Urquidez as a nameless henchman.


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