5.4/10
9,449
76 user 47 critic

Action Jackson (1988)

Trailer
1:54 | Trailer
Vengence drives a tough Detroit cop to stay on the trail of a power hungry auto magnate who's systematically eliminating his competition.

Director:

Craig R. Baxley

Writer:

Robert Reneau
2 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  

An oil-field worker from Texas journeys to Australia to look for his missing sister, and his search winds up getting him involved with a violent drug-smuggling gang.

Director: Colin Budds
Stars: Carl Weathers, Jürgen Prochnow, Cassandra Delaney
Action | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

In New York City, a young man searches for a Master to obtain the final level of martial arts mastery known as the Glow.

Director: Michael Schultz
Stars: Taimak, Vanity, Christopher Murney
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

A top secret Agent is murdered, so his estranged son, a high school gymnast, teams up with his dad's attractive female partner to stop the psychopathic hermaphroditic gang leader who killed him, and now plans a major terrorist attack.

Director: Gil Bettman
Stars: John Stamos, Vanity, Gene Simmons
Stone Cold (1991)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A tough Alabama cop is blackmailed by the FBI into going undercover in a violent Mississippi biker gang.

Director: Craig R. Baxley
Stars: Brian Bosworth, Lance Henriksen, William Forsythe
Fortune Dane (1986)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Fortune Dane is about a detective that is charged with tracking down a hit man.

Stars: Carl Weathers, Joe Dallesandro, Daphne Ashbrook
Dangerous Passion (TV Movie 1990)
Action | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

A security man (Weathers) goes to work for a sadistic gangster (Williams) with an alluring wife (McKee). Of course, the wife and the security man immediately hit it off. After the gangster ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Miller
Stars: Carl Weathers, Billy Dee Williams, Lonette McKee
Action Jackson I (2014)
Action | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.2/10 X  

In order to escape crime and clutches of a ruthless mafia, a Bangkok based hit man seeks the help of his lookalike, a Mumbai based goon.

Director: Prabhu Deva
Stars: Prabhas, Shahid Kapoor, Ajay Devgn
Dark Angel (1990)
Action | Crime | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A Renegade Cop is forced to work with an FBI Agent in order to bring down a group of Drug Dealers with sinister plans.

Director: Craig R. Baxley
Stars: Dolph Lundgren, Brian Benben, Betsy Brantley
Above the Law (1988)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A former Special Operations Vietnam vet works as a Chicago cop, and uncovers C.I.A. wrongdoing.

Director: Andrew Davis
Stars: Steven Seagal, Pam Grier, Henry Silva
Drama | Thriller | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A woman trapped in a boring marriage begins an affair with a handsome man who seems able to read her mind. She doesn't know that he has broken into her house and read her diaries, where she... See full summary »

Director: Douglas Day Stewart
Stars: Steven Bauer, Barbara Williams, John Getz
The Defiant Ones (TV Movie 1986)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Carl Monroe and 'Joker' Johnson share some things: They are both in jail and they both hate each other. After a fist fight the are going to be put into an other jailhouse by car. They come ... See full summary »

Director: David Lowell Rich
Stars: Robert Urich, Carl Weathers, Ed Lauter
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

Juan is a young Spanish man whose dream is to become one of the famous toreros. When he was caught making an illegal (and in fact for the real torero life endangering) night bullfight with ... See full summary »

Director: Javier Elorrieta
Stars: Christopher Rydell, Sharon Stone, Ana Torrent
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Carl Weathers ... 'Action' Jackson
Craig T. Nelson ... Peter Dellaplane
Vanity ... Sydney Ash
Sharon Stone ... Patrice Dellaplane
Thomas F. Wilson ... Officer Kornblau
Bill Duke ... Capt. Armbruster
Robert Davi ... Tony Moretti
Jack Thibeau ... Detective Kotterwell
Roger Aaron Brown ... Officer Lack
Stan Foster Stan Foster ... Albert
Mary Ellen Trainor ... Secretary
Ed O'Ross ... Stringer
Bob Minor ... Gamble
David Glen Eisley David Glen Eisley ... Thaw
Dennis Hayden ... Shaker
Edit

Storyline

Jericho "Action" Jackson is a Detroit police sergeant who was demoted from lieutenant for almost tearing the arm off of sexually violent sociopath Sean Dellaplane, whose father is Peter Dellaplane, a major car manufacturer. But Dellaplane himself is violent as well. Dellaplane kills his wife Patrice by shooting her. And then he plants her body in Jackson's apartment, framing Jackson. Dellaplane won't miss Patrice very much, because he has a drug-addicted mistress named Sydney Ash. He keeps Sydney hooked with a free supply of heroin. Jackson suspects Dellaplane of masterminding a murder spree against local officials from the auto workers' union. Dellaplane's mission is to gain a political power base and choose the next president of the United States. Because of what happened to Dellaplane's son Sean, Dellaplane has taken a particular dislike to Jackson. Jackson gets Sydney's help in going after Dellaplane. Written by Todd Baldridge

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

It's Time For "Action" See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 February 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Acción Jackson See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,424,783, 15 February 1988

Gross USA:

$20,256,975

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$20,256,975
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?


Goofs

First two yacht guards fall overboard after being killed. When third yacht guard comes to investigate, he sees their bodies on deck before he is fatally attacked. See more »

Quotes

Action Jackson: Mellow out.
See more »

Alternate Versions

German theatrical and sell-through VHS versions were cut for violence to secure a "Not under 16" rating. See more »

Connections

References Mister Ed (1958) See more »

Soundtracks

THAT'LL BE THE DAY
Performed by The Knudsen Bros (as The Knudsen Bros.)
Written by Norman Petty, Buddy Holly and Jerry Allison
(C) 1957 MPL Communications, Inc. and Wren Music Co.
All rights reserved.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

 
A never-mentioned gem
3 October 2018 | by Mr-FusionSee all my reviews

A late-'80s action movie directed by a stunt man (and all that that implies!)

No one's pretending "Action Jackson" is high art, but man is it fun. The only guns Carl Weathers needs to fight crime are his rippling biceps. Throw in the wickedly evil Craig T. Nelson and a couple of foxy supporting ladies, and baby you got a stew going (couldn't help the Arrested Development reference).

This has all of the tropes of the period, plus a healthy dose of blaxploitation; and it's a potent mixture. Not to mention the wide range of stunts. Let me put it another way; a bad guy is thrown out of the window of one building ... and through the window of another one! It's loud, over-the-top and wildly entertaining.


4 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 76 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed