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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
Top Customer Reviews
Directed by Craig R. Baxley (Come in Peace, Storm of the Century) has made a funny action-thriller, with some terrific action stunt scenes. This film was a Small Hit in Theaters, even bigger hit on Video. The film supporting cast include:Sharon Stone, Thomas F. Wilson, Bill Duke and Robert Davi. This is not a great film but it sure is fun. Grade:B+.
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.Read more ›
- 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!
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.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
He encounters a guy and throws punch. The guy says he is a Muslim and that he does not fight.Published 9 months ago by ellison
This is an 80's movie action classic, get this ASAP, for the true action fans, cheesey by today's standards however still holds up to the test of time, I absolutely love this... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Gilbert Davis
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
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 morePublished on Jan. 3 2004 by H. A Huffman
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 morePublished on July 4 2003 by SHAWN JAMES
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 morePublished on Aug. 26 2002 by Timotee
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 morePublished on Aug. 12 2001 by Paul J. Moriarty