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Burn Notice: The Fall of Sam Axe (2011)

TV-PG | | Action, Comedy, Crime | TV Movie 17 April 2011
Follows Sam Axe on a mission in Latin America and gives us a glimpse into his military past.


Jeffrey Donovan


Matt Nix (teleplay), Matt Nix (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bruce Campbell ... Sam Axe
Kiele Sanchez ... Amanda Maples
RonReaco Lee ... Ben Delaney
Pedro Pascal ... Comandante Veracruz
Ilza Ponko ... Beatriz (as Ilza Rosario)
Kepa Amuchastegui Kepa Amuchastegui ... Gov. Perez
Chandra West ... Donna Maitland
John Diehl ... Adm. James G. Lawrence
John Ales ... Matt Bailey
Brendan O'Malley Brendan O'Malley ... Gabriel Manaro
Lenny Clarke ... Rawlins
Alex Fernandez ... Adm. Gregory Maitland
Germán Escallón Germán Escallón ... Luis
Roberto Cano Roberto Cano ... Garcia
Johnny Acero Johnny Acero ... Montez (as John Acero)


As informal punishment for an unwitting affair with admiral Gregory Maitland's adulterous wife, Sam Axe, a US Navy Commander, was sent to Colombia to observe the suspected rebel movement Espada Ardiente ('Burning Sword'). Now he's under investigation for allegedly consorting with those alleged terrorists. He explains how he discovered that his Colombian army liaison Comandante Veracruz was the real drug dealers cahoot, who pailed on framing Axe and presumably innocent farmers for the bombing of an American-run Andes clinic. Sam escaped and tried to help the civilians and forces CIA observers to demand urgent help. He even found a trump card to avoid conviction for his illegal methods and a favorable discharge. Written by KGF Vissers

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Every man has a past. His just has more explosions.



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Did You Know?


Throughout the series, Sam uses the same alias for all of his undercover characters; Chuck Finley. Apparently, he got the idea for the name from his mission in Colombia off of a Sports magazine. See more »


The Admiral is driving a four door jeep wrangler. This movie was set in 2005 as stated several times throughout the story. The four door wrangler was not available until the 2007 model. See more »


Sam Axe: So between these tanks and the fuel out back, we should have just enough to blow the place.
Ben DelaneyAmanda Maples: Whoa...!
Amanda Maples: No, you're not going to destroy the clinic! Isn't Veracruz coming to do the exact same thing?
Sam Axe: No, Veracruz wants to destroy the clinic with the people inside. I want to destroy the clinic to create a distraction to *save* the people. Little bit of a difference.
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References Army of Darkness (1992) See more »

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Distracting but uneven in tone and not particularly good in any specific regard – it is carried by Campbell though
20 May 2011 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

Between season 4 and 5 of Burn Notice, this prequel movie of sorts was produced that focuses on Sam who, when we join him, is undergoing an informal military "interview" over his actions during a mission in Columbia. This flashback structure takes us away from the normal settings in the main but (hopefully) still allows for the easy mix of style, comedy and action that makes Burn Notice a "safe pair of hands" when it comes to prime time. From the start it does feel like we are in a "lesser" product though because the camera work and sets seem to lack the style, colour and flair of the TV show proper. It feels and looks like either less money was available for it or the makers were playing it in a slightly different way.

The result is somewhat of a B-movie thriller except with an oddly uneven tone running across it. Sometimes it is amusing but it is never hilarious; sometimes it has action but it is never exciting; it just tends to have a little bit of everything to make it passable for those willing to go along with it. If you sat to watch it without any vested interested in the character of Sam then probably you'll not get much from it but then this is because it doesn't offer a huge amount for you. The main selling point here is Campbell and he does make it more entertaining than it deserves to be because his performance and his character are quite fun. The in-jokes for his fans are a nice touch if a little clunky, while he throws himself into it with energy and good comic timing. The supporting cast are never more than average though and it does hurt the overall film.

The effects are solid enough and the A-Team-esque action is decent and bloodless enough to distract. The direction is surprisingly "straight" though; the TV show has lots of music and quick cuts and sliding transitions but here the presentation is a lot more drab by comparison – a bit of "oomph" in this regard would have helped the film feel slicker and more fun as works for the show. Overall The Fall of Sam Axe is a distracting bit of filler to those fans of Burn Notice, even though it never gets to the same level of entertainment or fun as the actual show does. Bruce Campbell fans will get a kick out of it and it is certainly an "easy" watch but nothing more than that.

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17 April 2011 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Bogotá, Colombia

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