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Action Jackson (1988)

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Vengence drives a tough Detroit cop to stay on the trail of a power hungry auto magnate who's systematically eliminating his competition.

Director:

Craig R. Baxley

Writer:

Robert Reneau
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Carl Weathers ... 'Action' Jackson
Craig T. Nelson ... Peter Dellaplane
Vanity ... Sydney Ash
Sharon Stone ... Patrice Dellaplane
Thomas F. Wilson ... Officer Kornblau
Bill Duke ... Capt. Armbruster
Robert Davi ... Tony Moretti
Jack Thibeau ... Detective Kotterwell
Roger Aaron Brown ... Officer Lack
Stan Foster Stan Foster ... Albert
Mary Ellen Trainor ... Secretary
Ed O'Ross ... Stringer
Bob Minor ... Gamble
David Glen Eisley David Glen Eisley ... Thaw
Dennis Hayden ... Shaker
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Storyline

Jericho "Action" Jackson is a Detroit police sergeant who was demoted from lieutenant for almost tearing the arm off of sexually violent sociopath Sean Dellaplane, whose father is Peter Dellaplane, a major car manufacturer. But Dellaplane himself is violent as well. Dellaplane kills his wife Patrice by shooting her. And then he plants her body in Jackson's apartment, framing Jackson. Dellaplane won't miss Patrice very much, because he has a drug-addicted mistress named Sydney Ash. He keeps Sydney hooked with a free supply of heroin. Jackson suspects Dellaplane of masterminding a murder spree against local officials from the auto workers' union. Dellaplane's mission is to gain a political power base and choose the next president of the United States. Because of what happened to Dellaplane's son Sean, Dellaplane has taken a particular dislike to Jackson. Jackson gets Sydney's help in going after Dellaplane. Written by Todd Baldridge

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Taglines:

NAME: Jericho Jackson NICKNAME: "Action" HOME: Detroit PROFESSION: Cop EDUCATION: Harvard Law HOBBY: Fighting Crime WEAPON: You're looking at 'em See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 February 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Acción Jackson See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,424,783, 15 February 1988

Gross USA:

$20,256,975

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$20,256,975
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Carl Weathers, who was 39 when shooting started, joked that the rigorous shooting schedule for the action sequences aged his body into his 60's, and blamed director Craig R. Baxley. See more »

Goofs

When Carl Weathers and Vanity jump out of the hotel window to escape the police and onto the roof of his convertible parked in an alley, their impact reveals the mattresses inside the car covered with black cloth which comes undone at the rear window. You can also see the scaffolding at the bottom of the scene for the camera, also protected with a mattress. See more »

Quotes

Albert: Jackson, why did you have to bring me along in the first place?
Action Jackson: You remind me of a old friend.
Albert: Then why didn't you bring your old friend?
Action Jackson: He's dead.
Albert: Damn, man why did you have to tell me that?
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Alternate Versions

UK cinema and video versions were cut by 9 secs to remove shots of a butterfly knife being twirled and a topless woman's stabbed body. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Knots Landing: Sex & Violence (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

ACTION JACKSON
Performed by Madame X
Written by Bernadette Cooper
Produced by Bernadette Cooper for Slap Me One Productions
(C) 1988 Slap Me One Music / Spectrum Seven Music / Lorimar Music A Corp
All rights reserved.
Courtesy Atlantic Records
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Great 80s Fun
4 December 2006 | by reverendtomSee all my reviews

Okay, now what isn't there to like about a movie that stars Carl Weathers, Craig T. Nelson, a young Sharon Stone (scrumptious), Bill Duke, Vanity (good googly moogly) and tons of other recognizable 80s actors? Nothing! This movie rules. In the words of my roommate, "you come for Carl Weathers and you stay for Craig T Nelson." Carl Weathers is great as straight ahead copper Action Jackson, but Craig T Nelson steals the show here as the evil Mr. Delaplane. He is such a twisted jerk that being the richest man in Detroit and having a young Sharon Stone as his wife isn't enough, he needs to shoot Vanity full of heroin, too. (Side note: Vanity was extremely strung out on crack cocaine at this time, read Motley Crue's book: "The Dirt" for more info.) The action and laughs are nonstop. If you love dumb 80s big budget action, this is a must see. 8/10.


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