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Burn Notice: The Fall of Sam Axe (2011)

Follows Sam Axe on a mission in Latin America and gives us a glimpse into his military past.

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Jeffrey Donovan

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Matt Nix (teleplay), Matt Nix (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

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)
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Storyline

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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TV-PG

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

17 April 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Burn Notice: The Fall of Sam Axe See more »

Filming Locations:

Bogotá, Colombia

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Color

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16:9 HD
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Trivia

Sam throws the chainsaw at the soldiers ambushing him and Flaming Sword, then says "Very groovy!" This is a nod to Bruce Campbell's character, Ash, from Evil Dead II; where he found a chainsaw and said "Groovy." See more »

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Axe is taken to the Admiral by MPs, Military Police. Since he is in the Navy it should have been the Shore Patrol. See more »

Quotes

Sam Axe: [after handing Ben a defibrillator paddle] Take that. This is your detonator. Yeah, that's gonna go - tape that right on top of that valve.
Ben Delaney: Okay. Real quick - the warning label says 'Keep away... '
Sam Axe: Yeah. That's right. We're building a bomb, okay? So you do the opposite of what the warning label says.
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Vintage Bruce, not much else.
8 May 2011 | by RamblerRebSee all my reviews

As a long-time Bruce fan (I first saw Evil Dead in the early 90's, not realizing the man already had a cult fan base), I enjoyed every scene Bruce was in, and since he was in virtually every scene in the film, obviously I enjoyed most of the film. The doctor guy was annoying, the love interest was whiny but an OK foil, the teen girl was hot but evidently found the scenery too tempting to resist gobbling up in big bites. The villains were competently played but telegraphed oily evil immediately, losing all sense of suspense there.

It was predictable and a bit preachy, and the mention of the SOA was bordering on heavy-handed, but Bruce charms and smirks his way through it and makes an otherwise forgettable bit of tripe an actual pleasure to watch. It is significant, however, that no one but him could have.

Of course, one doesn't watch Bruce Campbell for the outstanding special effects (Alien Apocalypse, anyone?), the great supporting cast (The Man with the Screaming Brain?), or the realistic, down-to-earth plots (any Evil Dead you care to name), one watches for Bruce. By that standard, this movie does fine.


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