I, the Jury

I, the Jury

Director: Richard T. Heffron, Armand Assante, Barbara Carrera, Laurene Landon

Cast: Richard T. Heffron, Armand Assante, Barbara Carrera, Laurene Landon

     
 

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Larry Cohen wrote the screenplay to this updating of Mickey Spillane's notorious 1947 novel. Cohen was originally engaged to direct the film as well but was pulled from the director's chair after a week's worth of shooting because he had already run up the budget by $100,000; he was replaced by television director Richard T. Heffron. In this 1982 I, the Jury,

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Larry Cohen wrote the screenplay to this updating of Mickey Spillane's notorious 1947 novel. Cohen was originally engaged to direct the film as well but was pulled from the director's chair after a week's worth of shooting because he had already run up the budget by $100,000; he was replaced by television director Richard T. Heffron. In this 1982 I, the Jury, Mike Hammer (Armand Assante) is a Vietnam veteran who wears hip duds and drives around in a bronze Trans Am in much the same way as Robert Mitchum's Philip Marlowe was refurbished for Michael Winner's re-make of The Big Sleep. After a cheesy rip-off of a James Bond-style credit sequence, the story kicks in. One-armed detective Jack Williams (Frederick Downs) is murdered. Jack was Hammer's best friend, and Hammer decides that he will become a one-man vigilante squad and seek vengeance on the person responsible for his death. He enlists the aid of his vivacious secretary Velda (Laurene Landon) and is also helped and hindered by police-chief Pat Chambers (Paul Sorvino). Hammer latches on to the killer's trail, then the film veers in a radically different direction from the book, introducing government conspiracies and mind-control techniques by the CIA and the Mafia. Also introduced is Hammer's love interest Charlotte Bennett (Barbara Carrera), an administrator of a kinky sex clinic (depicted as a psychiatrist in the original novel).

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This attempt to update Mickey Spillane's hard-nosed style of detective fiction for the 1980's tries hard but still manages to fall short. Larry Cohen's script reworks Spillane's source novel extensively to give it some unusual, politically subversive themes but the film feels oddly lifeless in its pacing and structure. The major reason for this is the no-frills direction from television veteran Richard T. Heffron: his formulaic, competent-but-styleless approach to the material saps it of its energy and humor, creating an end result that looks and feels like a t.v. movie with added sex and violence. The television-like feel is enhanced by a chintzy score from Bill Conti that sounds like outtakes from a 1970's cop show. In terms of acting, Armand Assante does well with his brooding take on the detective hero and Barbera Carrera is alluring as the mysterious therapist who becomes his romantic interest. There are also likeable turns from Laurene Landon as Hammer's hard-working gal Friday and comedian Alan King as a stylish mob boss. Unfortunately, their quality work exists in a vacuum because the storytelling lacks the intensity and focus that define a good thriller. As a result, I, The Jury is little more than an interesting misfire.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/17/2015
UPC:
0024543039457
Original Release:
1982
Rating:
R
Source:
Fox Mod
Time:
1:51:00
Sales rank:
5,057

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Performance Credits
Armand Assante Mike Hammer
Barbara Carrera Charlotte Bennett
Laurene Landon Velda
Alan King Charles Kalecki
Geoffrey Lewis Joe Butler
Paul Sorvino Pat Chambers
Judson Scott Kendricks
Barry Snider Romero
Julia Barr Norma Childs
Jessica James Hilda Kendricks
Frederic Downs Jack Williams
Lee Anne Harris First twin
Lynette Harris Second Twin
Norm Blankenship Actor
Lee Doyle Actor
Herb Peterson Actor
Mary Margaret Amato Myrna Williams
F.J. O'Neil Goodwin
William G. Schilling Lundee
Don Pike Evans
Michael Miller Victor Kyle
Alex Stevens 1st Cab Driver
Bobbi Burns Sheila Kyle
Richard Russell Ramos 2nd Cab Driver
Daniel Faraldo Danny
Ernest Harada Chef
Larry Pine Movie Director
Joe Farago Assistant Director
Alan Dellay Cameraman
Jack Davidson Eric Clavel
H. Richard Greene Gentleman at Bar
Corinne Bohrer Soap Opera Actress

Technical Credits
Richard T. Heffron Director
Connie Brink Special Effects
Henry Bronchtein Asst. Director
Deborah Brown Casting
Celia Bryant Costumes/Costume Designer
Jay Cannistraci Makeup
Larry Cohen Screenwriter
Bill Conti Score Composer
Garth Craven Editor
Carl Fullerton Makeup Special Effects
Robert Gundlach Production Designer
Marty Hornstein Associate Producer
Jack Wright Set Decoration/Design
T.W. King Special Effects
Andrew Laszlo Cinematographer
Michael Leone Executive Producer
Kim Ornitz Sound/Sound Designer
Andrew D.T. Pfeffer Executive Producer
Don Pike Stunts
Robert Solo Producer

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