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Blackjack (1998)

Dolph Lundgren plays Jack Devlin, a U.S Marshal who protects high-profile clients when it comes to a matter of security.

Director:

John Woo

Writer:

Peter Lance
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dolph Lundgren ... Jack Devlin
Kate Vernon ... Dr. Rachel Stein
Phillip MacKenzie ... Rory Gaines
Kam Heskin ... Cinder James
Fred Williamson ... Tim Hastings
Andrew Jackson ... Don Tragle
Padraigin Murphy Padraigin Murphy ... Casey
Tony De Santis ... Detective Trini
Albert Schultz ... Derek Smythe
Janet Bailey ... Connie Hastings
Saul Rubinek ... Thomas
Peter Keleghan ... Bobby Stern
Scott Nichol Scott Nichol ... Dealer
Géza Kovács Géza Kovács ... Kamenev (as Geza Kovacz)
Christie MacFadyen Christie MacFadyen ... Nicky Stern (as Christine MacFadyen)
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Storyline

After saving Casey, a daughter of his friend, from hired assassins, Jack Devlin is hit with a strange phobia - fear of white color. But when his other friend, who works as a bodyguard for a supermodel, is wounded, Jack decides to step in for him. Now he must confront his fear and the assassin, who seems to be well aware of Jack's problem Written by Boris Shafir <shafir@hsi.com>

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Hired to protect. Trained to kill. Forced to survive. See more »


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Rated R for violence | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Dolph Lundgren does not take his shirt off in this movie. See more »

Goofs

When we first see Jack's Jeep as he's driving Casey home, it has a license plate on the front. But as they pass through the gate, the license plate is missing. See more »

Quotes

Jack Devlin: Pick a card.
Cinder James: Will it tell my future?
Jack Devlin: It's just a card.
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Alternate Versions

The Canadian Broadcast Version Which Premeired This Year(2002) as a none-tv-movie, but a realy released film, has the sequences of bright colors cut for time . See more »

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Referenced in Making of 'Blackjack' (1998) See more »

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"I'm just good with my hands...."
22 August 1999 | by crewcut6See all my reviews

Put simply, Dolph Lundgren is the real one man army!!



Swedish-born Lundgren is Jack Devlin, a bodyguard for hire who holsters guns all over his body and uses playing cards as deadly projectiles. He can take out an group of at least a dozen men armed with automatic guns with only the use of his pistols. Talk about unbeatable. This guy could teach Rambo lessons! Devlin's got one weakness, though, and that is the color of pure white. This is done so he's not portrayed as a complete superman!



"Blackjack" is a prime John Woo film, which is filmed in an expertly way. But that doesn't mean it's perfect. This film has a lot of drawbacks!! For example, Devlin has an unlimited supply of ammo, meaning he never had to reload his guns! That was an error that should have been corrected. But the dumbest mistake in this film is the fact that Devlin has a phobia of the color white! That is the dumbest fear ever since being afraid of having peanut butter stuck to the roof of your mouth (I'm not kidding!!) Plus, there were instances where Devlin touched a couple of white objects (i.e. doors) and he didn't react to them! Those were one of the weirdest and most boneheaded doozies ever shown on TV, and with a master director like John Woo, they should have been corrected!



But, despite all those miserable errors in this film, "Blackjack" is really a very enjoyable action flick, with great stunts, great performances (especially of Lundgren's, this has to be his best role for a very long time) and cool action sequences, which is typical John Woo-style adrenaline rushes. Watch this movie if you're in the mood for a guilty pleasure!


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Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 May 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

John Woo's Blackjack See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Budget:

CAD10,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby (Dolby Surround) (2.0)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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