Above the Law

Above the Law

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Director: Andrew Davis

Cast: Andrew Davis, Steven Seagal, Pam Grier, Henry Silva

     
 

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Martial arts hero Steven Seagal developed, co-wrote, co-produced, choreographed, and debuted in this thrill ride -- a cop film with more attitude, and more plot, than its star had duties on the set. Seagal is Nico Toscani, an Italian immigrant, American patriot, ex-CIA agent, aikido specialist, and unorthodox Chicago policeman. He is as committed to his job as he is… See more details below

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Martial arts hero Steven Seagal developed, co-wrote, co-produced, choreographed, and debuted in this thrill ride -- a cop film with more attitude, and more plot, than its star had duties on the set. Seagal is Nico Toscani, an Italian immigrant, American patriot, ex-CIA agent, aikido specialist, and unorthodox Chicago policeman. He is as committed to his job as he is to his personalized brand of justice: expert and thorough bone-crushing. When the FBI orders his squad to ignore the mysterious shipment of military explosives they seized from a notorious narcotics dealer, Nico defiantly pursues his own investigation. With the help of his partner Jax (Pam Grier), he sifts through a tangled web of Catholic priests, illegal immigrants, and trained assassins to uncover a drug cartel run directly out of the CIA by an official named Zagon Henry Silva. Nico remembers the man from his CIA days in Vietnam, when Zagon used the agency (and the war) as a front for smuggling opium. At the time, Nico was too outranked to thwart him, but he will no longer let Zagon abuse his position to remain immune from prosecution -- especially now that the official has plans to murder a U.S. senator. Zagon may be above the law of most men, but he is certainly not above Nico's. ~ Aubry Anne D'Arminio

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Hollywood heavyweight Michael Ovitz hoped to prove that he could make anyone a star by arranging a meeting between Warner Bros. and his aikido instructor, Steven Seagal. In fact, at 6'4," with a sixth degree black belt and an ego to match, the reasonably handsome Seagal already easily possessed the makings of a bankable action hero. Above the Law is the first movie to result from the actor's contract to make martial arts films for Warner Bros., its success setting the tone for a decade of Seagal flicks. Playing Chicago cop Nico Toscani, Seagal begins his reign as the skilled vigilante -- a man with the competence and the arrogance to defy rules in order to abolish crime. This is the motivation for each quick and impressive fight scene, as the actor swiftly pummels his way through the city's injustice. Above the Law also begins to outline Seagal's political and moral agendas -- exploring Vietnam, drugs, immigration, corruption, and spirituality. Such a broad plot makes the action film even more superficial, but it also allows for a large supporting cast to complement its star. Veteran actors Pam Grier and Henry Silva, along with a younger Sharon Stone, provide support and chemistry for the neophyte Seagal -- letting his heroic persona shine without too many theatrical slip-ups.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/07/2009
UPC:
0883929051083
Original Release:
1988
Rating:
R
Source:
Warner Home Video
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:39:00
Sales rank:
1,340

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Steven Seagal Nico Toscani
Pam Grier Delores Jackson
Henry Silva Zagon
Ron Dean Lukich
Daniel Faraldo Salvano
Sharon Stone Sara Toscani
Nick Kusenko Agent Neeley
Joe V. Greco Father Gennaro
Chelcie Ross Nelson Fox
Thalmus Rasulala Deputy Superintendent Crowder
Gregory Alan Williams Agent Halloran
Nydia Rodriguez Terracina Bomb Woman
Miguel Nino Chi Chi
Jack Wallace Uncle Branca
Metta Davis Rosa Toscani
Joseph Kosala Lt. Strozah
Ronnie Barron CIA Bartender
Joe D. Lauck Senator Harrison
Henry Godinez Father Tomasino
Danny Goldring Zagon's Aide
Gene Barge Detective Henderson
Mike James Officer O'Hara
India Cooper Sanctuary Nun
Christopher Peditto Pimp
Rafael Gonzalez Abandano
Cheryl Hamada Watanabe
Ralph Foody Federal Clerk
Alex Ross Luigi
Toni Fleming Grandma Zingaro
Gene Hartline Man in Bar
Rom Milanovich Man in Bar
Michael Rooker Men in Bar
Lee de Broux CIA Interrogator
Patrick Gorman CIA Interrogator
Le Tuan Interpreter
Dennis Phun Asian Prisoner
April Tran Asian Prisoner
Chantara Nop Cambodian Irregular
Al Rasho Grocery Owner
Mike Coglianese Branca's Bodyguard
Sandy Holt Hostess
Mike Nakayama NEC Show Rep
Zaid Farid Street Dude
Juan Ramirez Machete Man
Mario Nieves Man with Gun
Terry Stewart Machete Man's Buddy
Anthony Cannata Wiseguy Hitman
Lisa Tejero Refugee Woman
Chris Karchmar Refugee Man
John Drummond TV Reporter
Clare Peck Judge Alspaugh
Tom Muzila Aikido Fighter
Craig Dunn Aikido Fighter
Gary Goldman CIA Interrogator

Technical Credits
Andrew Davis Director,Co-producer,Original Story,Screenwriter
Maher Ahmad Production Designer
Bill Arnold Set Decoration/Design
Arthur Brewer Special Effects
Michael Brown Editor
Gene S. Cantamessa Sound Mixer
Billy DaMota Casting
John Eskow Screenwriter
David Michael Frank Score Composer
R.J. Hohman Special Effects
Ed McDonald Set Decoration/Design
Ned Parsons Art Director
Steven Pressfield Screenwriter
Randall Robinson Camera Operator
Steven Seagal Co-producer,Original Story,Screenwriter
Ronald Shusett Screenwriter
Leonard Solis Special Effects
Robert Solo Executive Producer
Robert Steadman Cinematographer
John G. Wilson Co-producer

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