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Jake Speed [VHS] (1986)

Wayne Crawford , Dennis Christopher , Andrew Lane  |  PG |  VHS Tape
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Actors: Wayne Crawford, Dennis Christopher, Karen Kopins, John Hurt, Leon Ames
  • Directors: Andrew Lane
  • Writers: Wayne Crawford, Andrew Lane
  • Producers: Wayne Crawford, Andrew Lane, John F. Roach, Rob Milne, William Fay
  • Format: Color, Letterboxed, Original recording remastered, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • VHS Release Date: March 12, 2001
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000059PRE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #824,701 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pulp fiction brought to life on the big screen August 12, 2002
Format:DVD
The characters are underdeveloped and one-dimensional; the soundtrack is only a shade better than the synth-pop soup of "Day of the Dead"; the actors sound like they're reading directly off an unrevised script; and the plot is about as loose and messy as a rice krispie marshmallow treat. All these little nuances aside, "Jake Speed" has got to be, hands-down, the greatest action/adventure B-movie I've ever seen. The title character (played brilliantly by unassuming "everyman" Wayne Crawford) is a bona-fide dime novel adventurer, seeking to defeat the nefarious forces of evil with the aid of his disturbingly effete partner Des and ingenious little innovations such as "The Kid" (a super-powered automatic shotgun!) and H.A.R.V. (an armored Jeep with side-mounted machine gun turrets!). As you might expect, moral absolutism (the titanic, interminable struggle of the good heroes vs. evil villains) and cheap sensationalism abound, just as they would in any good piece of bad action-melodrama. If you're in the mood for a cute, tongue-in-cheek, low-budget iteration of early-twentieth century action serials or just one laugh after another from a ceaseless torrent of cheesy heroic one-liners, pick up your copy of "Jake Speed" today!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jake Speed - An Everyman Fighting For "The Right Thing" February 22, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
Jake Speed is not a movie to over look. Wayne Crawford is not the bulging muscled "Rambo" that was expected during the mid 80's, but his portrayal of Jake Speed proved that one man can make a difference. The movie locations were great and characters convincing. Andrew Lane knew how to mix the beauty of Africa with the horrors of civil war. Jake and his sidekick Des had a great history together as Des would record their adventures, then publish them (ie; Mack Bolan, Doc Savage)under an assumed name (Reno Melon) causing people to believe that "Jake Speed" wasn't real. Karen Kopins shined in this role and it's a pity that her career never took off from this film. Kopins and Crawford had a classic love/hate relationship not seen in today's films. And what can be said about Mr. Hurt? It has always been said that a hero is only as good as his nemesis alows him to be. John Hurt's performance as Sid, the evil white slaver was superb! His character's total brutality was matched only by his need to destroy Jake Speed's character, that there was no place in the world for decent and honest people. Some people may find the film a tad slow in pace during the first of the movie, but the action and characters during the 2nd and 3rd Act more than make up for it! This movie was not a box office mega-smash, but don't let that deter you. If you are looking for a fun ride, witty story telling and characters, and the classic battle of good triumphing over evil, give this film a try!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Action Hero Movie August 2, 2002
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
One of the few action hero movies I like, the story has a great twist, sound track good , picture even better, this is a movie to have fun whilre watching, not a great story but keeps you interested, if you like Remo Williams, Buckaroo Bonazi, X-men then you'll like this movie.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars swell pulp fun May 7, 2004
By A Customer
Format:DVD
I'd never heard of this movie, but it was cheap and the cover looked good so I picked up the DVD. This is such a great little movie! it should really appeal to fans of pulps, men's adventure books, and B movies. The guy playing Jake is perfect. John Hurt makes the best bad guy. I loved H.A.R.V. (Heavily Armored Raid Vehicle)!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Worth a look if you like the off-beat. July 2, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
Not my favorite, but up there somewhere, away from the bottom of the list. It is a cute little action-fantasy with a unique twist (the adventurers document and sell their adventures as fiction) and some interesting philosophy "if you want/need something badly enough, it will happen". One of those culty type movies where only those that "get it" enjoy it but worth the effort. Always remember: If you want to be entertained, see a movie. If you want to be enlightned, climb a mountain.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best "B" movie ever made. June 23, 2001
By A Customer
Format:DVD
This cute movie is a treat if you have ever read an action-adventure paperback. J.S. is a spoof of the genre but can stand on its own as an exciting adventure. It was filmed on location and has breathtaking African scenery. The film has an above average soundtrack for this type of movie. If you have a sense of humor and don't take things too seriously, you will adore this underrated gem. Good show for kids of all ages. Along with Buckaroo Banzai and Brisco County Jr., one of the most criminally neglected shows of our time. You will watch it again and again, and I can't say that about more popular movies like Indiana Jones.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Little Movie... June 5, 2001
By Kyle
Format:VHS Tape
It's a great little film. A 'classic' battle of Good and Evil. If you read any Doc Savage when you were growing up, the film will make you smile - it has that taste. It has laughter and a 'serious' side. If you take your films serious - walk away... If you want a bit of action, humor, and a nudge at Doc Savage... you found home.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Action B-movies ever made March 22, 2006
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Jake Speed is probably one of the campiest and unrealistic action movies I can remember seeing. But fortunately, it doesn't take itself seriously, and that's its secret - in fact, it's nearly a full-blown comedy. The acting is good, especially by Wayne Crawford, whose humorous, dry expressions and nonchalant attitude are memorable. It's just a shame he wasn't in more recognizable films. John Hurt, Karen Kopins, and Dennis Christopher all give solid performances as well. I think there's probably a little more life to these characters than what is expected of them-even though hardly any of the film's story is the slightest bit believable. Afterall, the story does revolve around a "fictional" paperback action character-who is intended to be fictional in the film's story - that's his cover so to speak.

There are some scenes that will induce uncontrollable laughter. The African bar scene is a true classic, as well as any scene with Jake blasting away with his ridiculously powerful shotgun -"the Kid." Overall, Jake Speed is definitely worth the cover price and has a unique draw. The DVD doesn't feature any extras, but who needs them? There's many other DVDs out there that cost a lot more and are loaded with extras, but don't have one half the entertainment value of Jake Speed, in my opinion. Just don't expect a realistic action film - this one is pure campiness - and is purposely made that way. That's what makes it so good.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Jake is my favorite hero.
Good always triumphs over evil and you better believe it. I jsut wish they had made more of these. we need our heros.
Published 3 months ago by Mike Mcconkey
4.0 out of 5 stars Jake Speed
I am so happy to have found this movie. Enjoy watching it also. Thank you!~ Now people know who Jake Speed is when we mention him.
Published 3 months ago by Jo-Anne Main
5.0 out of 5 stars Best B Movie
I totally admit it - I have a crush on Jake Speed. This was B movies at it's best, a favorite when I was younger, it was just as good this time around.
Published 7 months ago by Sunlove
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite movies ever!
If you like time-travel-ish type movies, this is one of the best. It is light-hearted and so much fun to watch. It is about a paperback hero "come-to-life". Read more
Published 20 months ago by Karin J Howard
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Movie
Is you like cheesy action movies from the 80's you will love Jake Speed. I was surprised how much I liked it. A fun movie all around.
Published on July 31, 2010 by Justin Hall
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my fave B movies ever!
This is not your blockbuster, ocar winning movie. It IS a great B movie with some action, some laughs, and HARV! Read more
Published on April 19, 2010 by Jennifer Bough
5.0 out of 5 stars Jake Speed
If you ever wanted to see a movie that comes straight from the headlines or a book you read for fun, then this is it! The movie is action packed but lots of fun. Read more
Published on March 2, 2009 by Louis J. Barbier
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining Action Flick
Being a big fan of both 80s movies and adventure series like The Destroyer, I'm surprised I only recently discovered this movie. Read more
Published on January 27, 2009 by John E. Bailor
5.0 out of 5 stars Thumbs up!
This was a movie I loved when I was a teenager and had been looking for it for a long time. This was the first time I found it and am very happy with my purchase. Read more
Published on March 4, 2008 by J. Nicklaus
4.0 out of 5 stars A great, goofy, fun adventure!
Jake Speed is a really fun and cute adventure movie, and with a great actor like John Hurt playing the bad guy, and a really cute Karen Kopins as the lead actress, it is a lot of... Read more
Published on September 18, 2007 by James Malone
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