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Action Jackson (1988)

Carl Weathers , Craig T. Nelson , Craig R. Baxley  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: Carl Weathers, Craig T. Nelson, Vanity, Sharon Stone, Thomas F. Wilson
  • Directors: Craig R. Baxley
  • Writers: Robert Reneau
  • Producers: Joel Silver, Steve Perry
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: May 18, 1999
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0790742004
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,919 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Action Jackson" on IMDb

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Based on the TV series of the same name. A maverick cop is on the trail of a corrupt auto tycoon.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bang Bang for your buck September 17, 2007
Three some what underrated over the top actioners from the glorly days of macho bulls***, I loved these flicks when I was a kid, and the kid in me still does. These aren't your waterdown PG-13, PC, wimpy sappy crappy crud like today. These ones come from back in the day when action was R-rated and men were unapolgicly macho, no mama's boys just needing a good hug.
First up is Tony Scott's THE LAST BOY SCOUT, dumb as it is fun, and that's to say a heck of a lot, Bruce Willis is an angry ex-cop turned PI, who's forced to take on Damon Wayans as his partner/sidekick/buddy to nail the veil scum of the Earth that killed Halle Berry. Killed Halle Berry, those scumbags must pay.
Then we get to see Don Johnson do some acting, well sorta, as a real life badarse who took down a gang of neo-nazi scumbags in John Frankenheimer's DEAD-BANG. This is actually a really good flick, not like MIAMI VICE at all, much edgier and grittier. Also William Forsythe's in it, as a good guy (!) with religous convictions (!!!) and dosen't like Don saying f**k all the time.
Finally the masterpiece of the set ACTION JACKSON, a way over the top action-comedy that rivals TANGO & CASH for sheer stupidity while still be an awsome movie. Carl Weathers is in it, what ever happen to that guy(?), as the coolest and toughest black hero since Shaft, I don't remember exactly what it was all about, but I do remeber he kicks a lot of butt. Vanity is in, she was smokin' hot and nekkid in it too; she was also pretty funny. This is the diamond in the rough and tough no holds barred collection.
The only bad thing is that flicks are all pan and scan, but heck that's the way I saw them on VHS as did most of you who saw them. So it's sorta nostalgic. My advice, get this DVD, call up a few old buddies, then kick back and watch the butts get kicked.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Absurd Action Movies December 30, 2009
Let's face it you don't go and watch a movie like Action Jackson and then go tear it apart in a review.

1. The punching sound effects like the end fight scene are nothing short of amazing. Each punch caused seismic bass shocks.
2. Peter Delaplane, once the best 80s bad guys next to Cohagen or Dick Jones in Total Recall and Robocop.
3. The one liners and quotes are beyond one liners. Shall we review?

"Dont Bogart me lightfoot, there's nothing we'd like better than to take a tom slick like you and have us a little blanket party."

"Let me break it down to you. You be a Charley Irvine and we are gonna tap dance on your lips."

"What do you want from me Delaplane?"
"I want you to die."

4. Did I mention the quotes? Seriously the entire movie is a one liner which is also what makes it hilarious to watch.
5. Carl Weathers driving a car through someones house and driving some guy into the wall saying: "You lose."
6. Carl Weathers is a factory chained up and then completely oiled up flexing.
7. The whole movie is classic 80s action that only exists these days in movies like Crank.
8. The Vanity performance followed by the one liner:
"I thought I would get a standing ovation?"
"You are getting one."

Buy this movie and don't listen to the reviews.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A capable shoot 'em up April 16, 2004
Perhaps it should come as no surprise that Carl Weathers attempted to cash in on the beefy action hero genre of the 1980s. The actor, who played effective second-string roles in the shoot 'em up classic "Predator" and did a stint as punching bag Apollo Creed in several "Rocky" films, finally got his own movie in 1988's "Action Jackson." Apparently, the producers of the picture planned to make further "Action Jackson" movies if the first one hit it big. Sadly, for Weathers at least, the movie tanked at the box office before sinking into relative obscurity on cable television. Not surprisingly, the DVD revolution has resurrected films like "Action Jackson," thus introducing the movie to a whole new generation of action fans. After watching the film, I realize we need to see more motion pictures like this one. Arnold Schwarzenegger went soft once he had kids and refused to make the mega-body count actioners like "Commando" anymore, Sylvester Stallone has lost any allure he once had after years of pedestrian "thrillers," and the action genre has undergone a fundamental change thanks to films like "The Matrix." It's probably hard for some to believe action movies once looked like "Action Jackson."
Carl Weathers plays "Action" Jackson, a loose cannon Detroit cop with a law degree and an authority problem. He was once the star of the department until he busted the son of powerful automobile tycoon Peter Dellaplane (Craig T. Nelson) for a heinous crime. In the process of bringing this guy into custody, Jackson beat him up and broke his arm. Dellaplane the father has a lot of clout in the city, and he called in some favors in order to insure Jackson suffered greatly for his actions.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Action Jackson January 20, 2010
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. The violence in this movie is brutal and efficiently directed, the action sequences spectacular. If you can appreciate movies from the '80s, this one will be a welcome addition to any collector's library.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic old school action
Love this movie ever since I was a child!!!
Published 1 month ago by demond williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Carl Weathers plays a superb part in this all action cop thriller.
Published 1 month ago by George Richardson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great movie
Published 1 month ago by Benita
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very good
Published 3 months ago by Michael R.
4.0 out of 5 stars Really liked Carl Weathers and Vanity
Guilty pleasure movie. Really liked Carl Weathers and Vanity.
Published 3 months ago by William A Devenney
5.0 out of 5 stars Sharon Stone was young!
Sharon Stone was young and serious.Another her charm and Beaty.To see her is nice exrerience and a dream of woman.
Published 5 months ago by KOUSEI ADACHI
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
I have loved this movie since I was a kid. I got this movie as a gift for my nephew.
Published 5 months ago by Michael Loper
4.0 out of 5 stars For Every Action There Is An Equal (But Opposite) JACKSON.
Not a great movie, but it does have Sharon Stone in a backless dress, Carl Weathers as a cop who doesn't play by the rules and that 80's pop star what's-her-face. Read more
Published 6 months ago by C J Calo III
3.0 out of 5 stars ok
Crystal clear but a few parts are missing, OK sound for the price. I payed for the full movie not just 3/4 of a movie! Even at a low price. Also not as good as I remember.
Published 10 months ago by joey
5.0 out of 5 stars Armelia Mcqueen as Dee
Dee played by Armelia McQueen was the cause of me buying this movie. Her scene in the Barbershop telling Action Jackson about the Dellaplane history remains an awesome display of... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Kimba Sly
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