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Marshal Law (1996)

In the hills not far from Los Angeles, a new, fresh, secure housing area has been built by former U.S. Marshal Jack Coleman and a friend. An escaped convict, Cougar and a band of ten ... See full summary »

Director:

Stephen Cornwell
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jimmy Smits ... Jack Coleman
James Le Gros ... Cougar (as James LeGros)
Kristy Swanson ... Lilly Nelson
Vonte Sweet ... Weathers the Pizza Boy
Scott Plank ... Randall Nelson
Channon Roe ... Skin
Michael Cavalieri ... Botero
Rodney Rowland ... Butchie
Tai Thai ... Ho
Camilla Belle ... Boot Coleman
Hunter Bodine ... V.J.
Tricia Vessey ... Mama Doc
Kevin Breznahan ... Vinnie
Billy Burke ... Monk
Randall Slavin Randall Slavin ... Willie D
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Storyline

In the hills not far from Los Angeles, a new, fresh, secure housing area has been built by former U.S. Marshal Jack Coleman and a friend. An escaped convict, Cougar and a band of ten psychopaths invade this safe area after a violent earthquake. With aid of a pizza delivery boy, he must defend his family and his friends wife Lilly, and declares Marshal Law. Written by Richard Jones <rjo339@swbell.net>

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Justice has a name.

Genres:

Action | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence and language, and for some sexuality and drug use | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 December 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

After Shock See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color
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After the final fight between Jack and Cougar, it's still dark out. But when Jack walks Cougar out to the street, it's now daylight and the cops are there. See more »

Connections

References The Lone Ranger (1949) See more »

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Cheapie rip-off of several sources
19 February 2010 | by Wizard-8See all my reviews

I can't be absolutely sure of this, but I got the impression that the writers behind MARSHAL LAW had seen the 1970s Canadian movie BLACKOUT before writing this. Both movies open with criminals escaping from police custody, both movies soon have a natural disaster happening in the vicinity, both movies have the criminals making their way to an exclusive place that the well-to-do live in, and both movies have a police character tracking down and picking off the criminals one by one (yes, I think the screenwriters saw DIE HARD as well before writing this.) The movie seems to be a rip-off, but I could have accepted it if it was done well, but it isn't. The characters are thin - we hardly learn anything about them. The screenplay also suffers from awkward exposition and a lead character who makes some pretty stupid decisions along the way that anyone with common sense wouldn't make. It also takes *forever* for the lead character to start fighting back, and it's slow going after that point. Movie looks pretty cheap, with some parts shot on what seems to be videotape. There is also some bad editing, among other obvious post-production attempts to patch things up. No need to see this, when there are other (and better) clones, as well as the originals being freely available to track down and watch.


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