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Action Jackson (Full Screen)

Carl Weathers , Craig T. Nelson , Craig R. Baxley    R (Restricted)   DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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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.


Having built a name for himself playing Apollo Creed in the Rocky movies, Carl Weathers hoped to launch his own action-hero franchise as the wishfully named Action Jackson. But this first film never took off and it turned into a one-movie series. Weathers plays Jackson, a police sergeant so nicknamed because he always seems to be where the action is. He runs afoul of an evil auto magnate (Craig T. Nelson), who promptly sets about putting Jackson in the middle of a jackpot for murder. Jackson springs himself from jail and goes on the run, aided by junkie-with-a-heart-of-gold Vanity, before bringing Nelson to justice. Weathers is an impressive specimen but an indistinct personality (though he can handle a one-liner), and he's overmatched against fire-breathing villain Nelson. --Marshall Fine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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5.0 out of 5 stars ACTION PACKED! Feb. 23 2004
By A Customer
This is one of those 80's action B films you just have to love. I grew up on these types of movies and seeing them just bring back memories. Carl Weathers who played Apollo Creed in Rocky and Dillon in Predator, stars as Detroits toughest cop battling a psycho car dealer. Here are the best things about this flick:
- the title track sung by the Pointer Sisters, gets you going
- The bad guy played by Craig T.Nelson, brilliantly
- Sharon Stone in her earlier days of acting.
- Bill Duke,from Preadtor and Commando, as the Captain
- Vanity , who is sexier than hell, plays the groupie.
- great action sequences, including the car scene in the finale.
- the 200lb Muslim guy who saves Jackson, says" Hello, Im Mr.
- The semminal line from this movie: "BBQ huh?...How do ya like your ribs?"
This is just a great movie for action fans, if you are looking for action films without all the overdeveloped plots and artificial characters, this is one you will enjoy. Just say action!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Apollo Creed goes down for the count... Aug. 23 2003
Always looking for a little something to add to my repertoire of silly action fare, I decided to give Action Jackson a whirl. I figured that it'd be at least half-way decent; it was produced by Joel Silver, the guy who oversaw the production of the Lethal Weapon flicks and the first two Die Hards, after all. With a resume like that, how could'ja go wrong? Whoops, forgot about 'The Last Boy Scout'...
I found 'Action Jackson' to be not just a bad movie, but a legendarily bad movie. What's the diff between 'bad' and 'legendarily bad', you ask? 'Bad' is when I watch a dumb movie once, and have no interest in watching it again. 'Legendarily bad' is when I watch a dumb movie once, and I am so astonished by how bad it is, I hafta watch it again, 'cuz I couldn't believe how lousy it was the first time 'round. Simply put, it's the cinematic rendition of me doin' a double-take. It was also a sad waste of approximately three hours of my life that could've been better spent watchin' the grass in my back yard grow...
Anyway, on to our star of the show, Carl Weathers. After watching him perform in this sad affair, I'd say that, for a leading man, he makes a really good supporting character. Then again, it probably wasn't his fault-there's only so much one can do when one is working off of a lousy script filled with really lame jokes and hokey one-liners. On the upside, though, his character does manage to survive all the way through the movie, which had become a rare thing for him ever since Rocky IV...
Craig T. Nelson of 'Coach' fame is the heavy, a psychotic car manufacturer (the movie's based in Detroit) with aspirations of becoming a political kingmaker.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Action Flick Dec 16 1999
By "2r45"
Format:VHS Tape
This film set the stage for many modern action films. Like most other late 80's action films it was influenced by Sylvester Stallone's COBRA. However, this film managed to go the extra "action" mile. The hero did things like ride on the top of a car moving over 25mph; drive a car into a house and then up the stairs; jump out of a 3 story building to land on a car; and fistfight at least 5 thugs who try to remove his manhood. In addition to all the unbelivable action this movie has beautiful women. Sharon Stone (before she was famous) and Vanity. BOTH GET NEKID. That alone makes the film a classic. Oh yeah, the plot....that however is a different story ...........the story line really stinks and is virtually unbelievable.....but if you're just there for the action and the women it doesn't matter. If not then I would suggest not seeing this film.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Action Is What You Can Expect In This Film
Carl Weathers Does a bang up job here playing a cop who is always at the centre of the action in a film filled with violence
a high body count explosions and car chases all... Read more
Published on Feb. 24 2004 by Gus Mauro
4.0 out of 5 stars Bad, But In A Good Way..
This movie has every single cop show cliche in the book, but it is hilarious nonetheless. The yelling police captain boss, the main character who's "unorthodox methods"... Read more
Published on Jan. 3 2004 by H. A Huffman
4.0 out of 5 stars How do Ya like your ribs????
Action jackson is a fun, action acked 80's film. Though some of the stunts are cheesy by today's standards they work especially the opening scene where the guy gets shot with a... Read more
Published on July 4 2003 by SHAWN JAMES
5.0 out of 5 stars 'Action' Satisfaction!
Jericho "Action Jackson" is almost a god. Carl Weathers plays the washed up cop who's reputation gives him nothing but disrespect. That's a characteristic of a mortal. Read more
Published on Aug. 26 2002 by Timotee
4.0 out of 5 stars Forgettable but Fun Actioner.
When a Maverick Cop (Carl Weathers) is on the trail of a Corrupt Auto Tycoon (Craig T. Nelson), while the cop is protecting a Beautiful Witness (Vanity).
Directed by Craig R. Read more
Published on Jan. 25 2002 by Christian Pelchat
4.0 out of 5 stars Forgotten Sleeper
The idea behind this movie was to have a series of Action Jackson films for Carl Weathers (similar to Dirty Harry) but unfortunately it didn't take off. Read more
Published on Aug. 12 2001 by Paul J. Moriarty
2.0 out of 5 stars Action Jackson
A maverick cop (Carl Weathers) is on the trail of a corrupt auto tycoon (Craig T. Nelson). Unfortunately, Action Jackson is a gabfest punctuated by not-so-hot sex scenes. Read more
Published on Dec 2 2000 by Darcy Stonesifer
4.0 out of 5 stars action jackson
Action jackson was filmed in Detroit it is plain to see as soon as you start watching the movie so make sure you put on the movies filmed in Detroit. Read more
Published on Sept. 8 2000
4.0 out of 5 stars Hot Action Adventure
Forget the playa haters. The movie feature mr. fine Carl Weathers and the beautiful Vanity (and still beautiful). The script wasn't the best but the action squences were the bomb. Read more
Published on Aug. 30 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars seen it so many times, simply the best action film ever made
I am a big action film fan, and I've seen many many action films, and in my opinion I still say action Jackson has a lot of unforgetable moments and elements that just keep me go... Read more
Published on June 9 2000
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