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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.

Director:

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 ... 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. Sean and Billie's talents in karate as well as their knowledge of the criminal underworld will be put to the test when they find themselves on a collision course with Dalton Rhoades, 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 their own hands as their fight with Rhodes and his criminal empire gets very personal. Written by Keno Reeves (spywatcher459)

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

Genres:

Action | Crime

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 May 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Martial Law See more »

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 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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Sauza
Written and Performed by Tempest
Luvyababe Music (BMI)
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Bog standard actioner
14 March 2016 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

In terms of early '90s martial arts vehicles for Cynthia Rothrock, I really enjoyed CHINA O'BRIEN and its sequel, which were thoroughly entertaining and full of slick action. This film, not so much. It's saddled with the chubby and decidedly uncharismatic Chad McQueen as the lead, and the storyline and action just aren't interesting enough to get excited about.

The plot sees McQueen and Rothrock going up against a minor crime lord, played with overacting relish by David Carradine. Philip Tan is the Cockney-speaking henchman, and there's a hell of a lot of scenes of Rothrock kicking various goons in the head, but it's all underwhelmingly shot with below par choreography. I suppose if you're in a deeply forgiving mood then this sort of thing might just about pass muster, but it's not my cup of tea at all.


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