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Ballistic (1995)

Jesse Gavin is no ordinary policewoman; she knows how to handle herself in any situation. She's an undercover cop, part of an elite police team and highly skilled in lethal martial arts! ... See full summary »

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Kim Bass

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Don Lamoreaux (as Donald Lamoreaux)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marjean Holden ... Jesse
Corinna Everson ... Claudia
Sam J. Jones ... Braden (as Sam Jones)
Charles Napier ... Underwood
Joel Beeson Joel Beeson ... Ray
James Lew ... Woo
Richard Roundtree ... Harold
Ben Reed ... Thorpe
Deke Anderson ... Porter
D.V. Caitlyn D.V. Caitlyn ... Kurtzman (as Deryl Caitlin)
Julie St. Claire ... Sacca
Benito Martinez ... Gang Leader
Michael Jai White ... Quint (as Michael White)
Vincent Klyn Vincent Klyn ... Kona
Jeff Rector ... Case
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Jesse Gavin is no ordinary policewoman; she knows how to handle herself in any situation. She's an undercover cop, part of an elite police team and highly skilled in lethal martial arts! After a government witness she was supposed to protect is killed, she is suspended from the force. The next day her partner is found dead. Has she been set up? With the help of the two men closest to her heart, her boyfriend and her father, she must battle to clear her name. The deeper she delves, the deadlier the game becomes. There is no denying, she's Ballistic! Written by Imperial Entertainment

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It's payback time.

Genres:

Action

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 February 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fist of Justice See more »

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Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Production for the film was completed in 1993. However, the film would not be released on video until 1995. See more »

Quotes

Harold: Touch that gun, I'll shove it up your ass and pull the trigger!
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"Touch that gun, I'll shove it up your (butt) and pull the trigger!"

BALLISTIC is unfortunate in that the parts making it a good film aren't necessarily the ones that B-movie action fans typically find appealing. The amount of time it spends on its characters will make adrenaline junkies itch for action, and when those awaited fight scenes don't blow 'em away, it's easy to be disappointed. Nevertheless, the picture's got charm beyond its means, and its obscurity makes it a rare find for an appreciative fan like me. Despite its price tag, I'm sorry I waited so long to get my hands on it.

The story: When a straight-shooting police officer (Marjean Holden) is falsely implicated in a murder, she battles time to prove a conspiracy between the department and a sleazy arms dealer (Sam Jones).

What's simultaneously infuriating and refreshing about the film is that, even though this is Marjean Holden's sole leading credit, she doesn't hog the spotlight. It's clearly her vehicle, but the amount of prominence given to costars Joel Beeson and Richard Roundtree is surprising. While it's easy to write this off as Holden being unable to carry a vehicle by herself, the story highlights the interrelationships between characters and makes what would otherwise be a bunch of stock figures seem interesting and easy to invest in. This isn't a masterpiece of drama, but if more B-movie action yarns spent this much time making you care about the people in it, the genre might have a better reputation. Also, it's one of the few films of this sort wherein Richard Roundtree actually earns his highly-placed credit, and for that it deserves praise.

There's a good amount of action here, mainly in the way of fistfights, but the quality is inconsistent. Holden is a better onscreen fighter than, say, Mimi Lesseos but she doesn't approach Cynthia Rothrock's standard. The late Joel Beeson has at least as many fights as her and is a respectable kickboxer, though nothing out of the ordinary. The brawls range from basic karate-style encounters to pro wrestling-inspired bouts and even the odd weapons-themed showdown. Holden's final opponent is bodybuilder Corinna Everson, and while their match is interesting, it's not the showstopper you're hoping for. Supplying some much-needed pizzazz is Michael Jai White in a rare indie role wherein he actually fights. White has a few matches and his acrobatic moves vastly outclass those of anyone around him, to the point that you wish he'd get an opponent who can keep up with his skill.

Production values are above average for this kind of picture, comparable to a really good PM flick. Its rolling pace and engaging tone make it a good starting point for newcomers to low budget action flicks. Again, viewers who are all about the action might not go for this, but at this point it's their loss. Among the hills of schlock and mountains of trash this genre has accumulated, this one's a diamond.


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