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Action Jackson (1988)

Carl Weathers, the former Oakland Raiders star who sparred with Sylvester Stallone in three Rocky movies, stars in the title role of Sgt. Jericho ‘Action’ Jackson.

The venerable Detroit cop with a law degree engages in plenty of shootings, explosions and car chases in the pursuit of power-hungry auto executive Peter Dellaplane (Craig T. Nelson) who orders the murders of union leaders.

Spectacular stunts dominate the picture while plotting, dialogue and acting are secondary. Cars flip, flames leap, people flip and leap in flames out of windows.

Unfortunately, Weathers – who was was well-cast as Apollo Creed – doesn’t have the necessary charisma for this more ambitious role. He looks great but lacks presence.

Vanity (former Prince protégé) plays Dellaplane’s slinky drug-addicted mistress. Sharon Stone is also in it: Spoiler Alert! She dies.

Sgt. Jericho ‘Action’ Jackson
Carl Weathers
Peter Dellaplane
Craig T Nelson
Sydney Ash
Vanity
Patrice Dellaplane
Sharon Stone
Officer Kornblau
Thomas F Wilson
Capt. Earl Armbruster
Bill Duke
Tony Moretti
Robert Davi
Detective Kotterwell
Jack Thibeau
Officer Lack
Roger Aaron Brown
Albert Smith
Stan Foster
Frank Stringer
Ed O’Ross
Gamble
Bob Minor
Thaw
David Glen Eisley
Shaker
Dennis Hayden

Director
Craig R. Baxley