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Above the Law (1988)

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A former Special Operations Vietnam vet works as a Chicago cop, and uncovers C.I.A. wrongdoing.

Director:

Andrew Davis

Writers:

Andrew Davis (story), Steven Seagal (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Steven Seagal ... Nico Toscani
Pam Grier ... Delores 'Jacks' Jackson
Henry Silva ... Kurt Zagon
Ron Dean ... Detective Lukich
Daniel Faraldo ... Tony Salvano
Sharon Stone ... Sara Toscani
Miguel Nino Miguel Nino ... Chi Chi Ramon
Nicholas Kusenko Nicholas Kusenko ... FBI Agent Neeley
Joe Greco Joe Greco ... Father Joseph Gennaro (as Joe V. Greco)
Chelcie Ross ... Nelson Fox
Gregory Alan Williams ... FBI Agent Halloran (as Gregory Alan-Williams)
Jack Wallace ... Uncle Branca
Metta Davis Metta Davis ... Rosa Toscani
Joseph F. Kosala Joseph F. Kosala ... Lieutenant Strozah (as Joseph Kosala)
Ronnie Barron ... CIA Bartender
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Storyline

In Japan, the Sicilian martial arts expert Nicolo "Nico" Toscani is recruited by the CIA Special Agent Nelson Fox to join the Special Operations Forces in the border of the Vietnam and Cambodia. In 1973, Nico witnesses the torturer Kurt Zagon interrogating prisoners of war and he is disgusted and quits the CIA, returning to Chicago. Fifteen years later, Nico is married with a baby with his wife Sarah and they live in the same house of his mother. Nico is a tough and incorruptible narcotics detective of the Chicago Police Department very close to his partner and friend Delores 'Jacks' Jackson and his friend Detective Lukich. When Nico and Jacks investigate a drug traffic operation, they arrest the gang of the drug dealer Tony Salvano but they find that they are smuggling the plastic explosive C4 instead. However there is an interference of the FBI and Salvano and his partner are released by FBI Agent Neeley (Nicholas Kusenko) and the detectives are forbidden of proceed with the ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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He's a cop who believes no one is above the law. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Release Date:

22 April 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nico See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,037,938, 10 April 1988

Gross USA:

$18,869,631

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$18,869,631
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo (4 channels)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

After the film opened, aikido experienced a boom worldwide. Steven Seagal's Los Angeles dojo was struggling before the movie. Afterward, it sold out all its classes. See more »

Goofs

During the search in Nico's house, an officer calls Steven Seagal "Steve" instead of "Nico." See more »

Quotes

Delores Jackson: You're gonna need me.
Nico Toscani: Need you? For what?
Delores Jackson: To get your ass outta jail.
Nico Toscani: You think you can afford my bail?
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Alternate Versions

Although the UK cinema version was passed uncut, video versions were cut by 15 secs by the BBFC to edit shots of a man's nose being punched from a bar fight, drug use and an arm break during the final fight scene. The DVD features the same cut print. The uncut version was released on Blu-ray in the UK in 2009, but had not been officially classified by the BBFC, and was thus pulled from sale. See more »

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Cop, ex-CIA in Vietnam, repelled by torture and drug-running of agents runs into drugs and explosives and CIA in Chicago
11 May 2006 | by hlorbachSee all my reviews

People miss the strong political message in this first of Seagal's movies: the Amnesty movement sponsored by religious leaders in the US especially in the Catholic church that is hiding refugees from death squads in Central America has learned of a plot to assassinate a US Senator investigating CIA involvement in drug-running and torture and assassinations in Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua. Seagall learns that the same people who were involved in drug-running and torture in Vietnam are behind plot to assassinate the Senator during a speech in Chicago sponsored by groups against US involvement in Central American civil wars. The open anti-war position and critique of US policy by an honest cop gets ignored as is the tie-in between mafia drug dealers and the CIA.


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