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The Expert (1995)

R | | Action | 6 April 1995 (USA)
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Johnny's sister is brutally attacked and murdered by a sadistic serial killer. At the trial, he is sentenced to be electrocuted, but a bleeding heart liberal has the sentence commuted to a ... See full summary »

Directors:

Rick Avery, William Lustig (uncredited)

Writers:

Max Allan Collins (screenplay), Jill Gatsby (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeff Speakman ... John Lomax
James Brolin ... Warden Munsey
Michael Shaner Michael Shaner ... Martin Kagan
Alex Datcher ... Dr. Alice Barnes
Wolfgang Bodison ... Dan Mason
Elizabeth Gracen ... Liz Pierce
Norm Woodel ... Bill Loomis
Jim Varney ... Snake
Michelle Nagy ... Jenny Lomax
Red West ... Judge
William Barry Scott William Barry Scott ... Capt. Jackson
Jophery C. Brown ... Joe Himes
Robby Robinson Robby Robinson ... Tex
Ramon Estevez ... Tomas
Dan Chandler Dan Chandler ... Governor
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Johnny's sister is brutally attacked and murdered by a sadistic serial killer. At the trial, he is sentenced to be electrocuted, but a bleeding heart liberal has the sentence commuted to a mental facility. Here, he will interact with other model prisoners and give talks at schools while he is being treated. The only problem is that Johnny, being a ex-special forces trainer, is coming to the prison to seek his own justice and that does not include rehabilitation. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Country:

USA | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 April 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ekspert See more »

Filming Locations:

Nashville, Tennessee, USA

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The character of "Martin Kagan" is based mostly on real-life killer Scott Panetti, who also represented himself in court, and was on trial around the same time this movie was filmed. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Alice Barnes: [to her client Martin Kagan, who just shot Warden Munsey dead in front of her] I hope you fry.
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References Deliverance (1972) See more »

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Halfway decent action film dragged down by obvious message-making
1 August 2016 | by brchthethirdSee all my reviews

My main critique of this film is twofold: 1) 80's/90's action films like this tended to be reactionary in some way, but the message this one hammers home even silly for its genre, and 2) Jeff Speakman, while a good martial artist, is a charisma vacuum as an actor. First, however, what the film does have in its favor. As previously stated, Jeff Speakman is quite convincing as a martial artist and, in general, as a physical presence. I certainly wouldn't want to mess with him in real life (contrary to whatever Steven Seagal's beef with him was). The plot is also quite efficient, if rudimentary, in the way it sets up the characters and moves the action forward. The first scene in particular establishes Speakman's character as the no-bs "expert" that the title indicated he would be. The action scenes were also well-choreographed and there was some decent camera-work in the slower portions of the film. I also thought that James Brolin and Jim Varney (in a one-scene cameo) did respectable acting work. However, just about everyone else, Speakman included, was halfway decent at best. The writing also wasn't anything to be proud of either. My biggest issue with the film is the "message," if one can call it that. THE EXPERT delivers yet another right-wing fantasy about a lone "hero" who takes on an ineffectual justice system by doling out his own version of justice against the violent criminal who killed his sister. Of course violent criminals should be punished, but the negative way it portrays a female psychologist involved with the case very unsubtly clues the viewer onto what the film's stance is. Not that a film shouldn't take a stance on anything, but I happen to think the stance wasn't very fair. Aside from that, the score was overblown and there were a few pacing issues in the middle portion, where the main character barely gets any screen time. I know I shouldn't have expected too much, considering Jeff Speakman was a third-tier action star at best, but the obvious message-making made it a little bit of a chore to sit through.


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