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Sergeant Frank Gannon (Dolph Lundgren), a veteran officer in the highly-skilled Direct Action task force, must come to terms not only with having to fight the toughest underworld crime and corruption out on the streets, but also within his own department.

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  • Actors: Dolph Lundgren, Polly Shannon, Donald Burda, Rothaford Gray, Conrad Dunn
  • Directors: Sidney J. Furie
  • Writers: Sidney J. Furie, Greg Mellott
  • Producers: Avi Lerner, Gary Howsam, Lewin Webb, Paul Jennison, Shane Cardwell
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Millennium
  • DVD Release Date: June 7, 2005
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0008ENI0M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,039 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Direct Action" on IMDb

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Shiloh Kremer on October 31, 2007
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Of course, this is a low budget movie. There are some problems with believability in this movie such as the police chief who dresses more like a hitman in the mafia. Some of the supporting cast overact their roles (the criminals in this movie are a little far fetched). On the other hand, Dolph Lungren himself does an amazing job in his role as a cop
who will not allow the greasy haired police chief to bully him into "tainting evidence' and lying on the witness stand in court.
Great action. Dolph looks very fit. Polly Shannon does a fine job as the new trainee officer in the unit.
I rate this video 5 stars because of Dolph Lungren and Polly Shannon.
On the downside, the director needs to be sure that the supporting cast (including the criminals) are more believable in their roles.
Notwithstanding the greasy haired police chief who was obviously a crooked cop, I would recommend this Dolph Lungren movie just because Dolph has an exciting stage presence-
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael Seahorn on March 14, 2009
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For a DTV action movie starring Dolph Lundgren, "Direct Action" is pretty good. Lundgren's definitely made some better ones, but on the whole, his 26th starring outing is a solid vehicle. It's not as flashy or bombastic as I'd like it to be and the style of action isn't quite what I had hoped for, but in Dolph's case, no one can really complain if a movie of his surpasses the 'acceptable' mark. If you're already a fan, you can buy the film without much reservation, but newbies to Lundgren should start somewhere else.

The story: Frank Gannon (Lundgren) is a police officer set to testify against the activities of the department's Direct Action unit - a coalition of veteran officers undertaking illegal operations for the sake of money. On the day before his visit to court, he's paired with a rookie officer (Polly Shannon, Men With Brooms) and is almost immediately caught up in a plot of the DA brotherhood to retire him permanently.

It becomes quickly apparent that the film was shot under a small budget and minimal resources - few tripods, an unflexible lighting scheme, and loosely-choreographed action - but rather than letting this drag the movie down, director Sidney Furie (Iron Eagle) maintains excellent production values to turn the stripped-down look into the film's style without making it look fudged, turning technical deficiencies into the choice look of a gritty cop thriller.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By AMAZON 411 on July 21, 2010
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THIS MOVIE WAS QUITE A SURPRISE! THIS MOVIE HAS GOOD ACTING, STORY, DIALOGUE, INTERESTING CHARACTERS, AND EVEN A LIKABLE SOUNDTRACK. DOLPH LUNDGREN IS VERY GOOD AS THE LEAD CHARACTER, AND
POLLY SHANNON AND THE OTHER ACTORS PLAY SUPPORTING ROLES VERY GOOD AS WELL. THE FIGHT SCENES ARE WELL CHOREGRAPHED AND THE MOVIE GOES ALONG AT JUST THE RIGHT PACE. THE DVD PACKAGE MAKES IT APPEAR THAT THIS IS A LOW BUDGET B-MOVIE....BUT IT IS NOT. IT IS A HIGH QUALITY, UNDERATED, DIRECT TO VIDEO MOVIE.
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Direct Action (2004) is a direct to video action film about big city police corruption, featuring Dolph Lundgren as Sergeant Frank Gannon (not Cannon), a member of the Direct Action Unit. The Unit is riddled with corruption, and Gannon is scheduled to testify in court against some of his fellow officers. The film principally follows the events during one day, as Gannon is separated from his regular partner Ed Grimes (Rothafoard Gray), and teamed with newcomer Billie Ross (Polly Shannon).

The plot is rather predictable and by the numbers, where the corrupt police officers, led by Captain Stone (Conrad Dunn) first attempt to bribe Gannon to keep him from testifying. When that fails, Gannon is marked for death, and Billie Ross is drawn into the fray, when she saves Gannon from termination. Also in the mix, are federal agents, the CIA, the Mayor, members of an Afghani task force, and drug dealers. With plenty of deception all around, there are a number of twists intended to keep things lively, but the plot is generally nonsensical, and dialog often atrocious. Supposedly set somewhere in Ohio, the vehicles sport Ontario license plates.

Under the direction of Sidney J. Flurie (Iron Eagle), the action is mostly confined to standard unrealistic looking gunfights, and a few stunts with vehicles. The Afghani's factor causes decorative knives to be featured in a couple of fights. Frank Gannon gets shot early in the film, but it doesn't seem to slow him down much, through what is a pretty eventful day. As usual, there isn't much depth to Lundgren's character, except that Gannon occasionally chews gum, looking rather shabby, dressed in a faded jersey. Ross gets off to a shaky start, looking good while firing an automatic weapon, but rarely hitting the target.
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By Magnolia on September 11, 2014
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This was a terrific movie! It's a typical good guy against the system story. DL plays the good guy who reluctantly, but politely, is stuck having to train a rookie. Well, the rookie turns out to be a young, attractive, woman who is very nervous on her first day with the tenured cop, but she quickly proves herself very capable when he finds himself in one of many political jams within his own police department. She basically saves his hide on many occasions, proving himself wrong about his initial impressions of her. They forge a mutual respect for one another as the story progresses, and save the city and police department in the end. Who doesn't like a good ending? I liked that he was a gentleman all throughout, to both the good guys, and bad ones (even though he had to kick butt) and kept his emotions for her (the rookie) under wraps until the very end of the movie. Very well directed and played by all. Another great Dolph Lundgren action flick - check it out!
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