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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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Brothers... Cops. One enforces the law, the other breaks it. See more »

Genres:

Action | Crime

Certificate:

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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Trivia

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 »

Connections

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

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Sauza
Written and Performed by Tempest
Luvyababe Music (BMI)
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Not Bad Movie
6 February 2007 | by hk-50See all my reviews

It is a good way to spend the afternoon getting into the cop Vs Crim thing. Very interesting script. L.A is where two main cops try to take a ruthless gang leader who dresses well and has a band of martial arts expects at his hand and a club to hang around.

The story goes that the gang leader is trying to get into the sport promotion scene and ends up doing a couple of murders along the way. The two cops track him down and try to bring him to justice.

As always when you try to bring a Hollywood bad man to justice it ends in a fight. All the martial bad men (and women) fight against the two cops and in the end you've guessed it - the gang leader gets killed in a end film fight (that wasn't that good).

The film is easy to read, no need for heavy thinking. Just enjoy the drama and the fighting. Could of been better though.


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