Above the Law

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Let Seagal Be Explained in His Genesis

on 12/14/2012

The plot, despite being from 1988, still comes across as contemporary and relevant. Nico quits the CIA in the 'Nam after witnessing a crooked superior taking advantage of the war to become a drug baron. Many years later he encounters that same villain who is abusing his status of being 'above the law' to seize more drug territory and pump more drug money into the CIA. War is always profitable. Read More

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Product Overview

Martial-arts master steven seagal plays a tough chicago cop trying to smash a cia-connected drug-smuggling operation.

Specifications

Studio Warner
SKU 40041215
UPC 085391178620
UPC 14 00085391178620
Format DVD
Rating Rating
Keywords
Action
Justice
Martial Arts
Recommended
Theatrical Release
Thieves
Vengeance
Editors Note
Note Probably the best of Steven Seagal's three-word-titled action films from the 1990s was his debut, ABOVE THE LAW. Seagal plays Nico, a tough cop who pulls off the biggest drug bust of his career, only to have the FBI throw a wrench in it: why are they protecting one of the country's biggest drug lords, and what does it have to do with Nico's covert work in Vietnam? As his temper explodes all over Chicago, Nico's sixth-degree black belt in aikido proves helpful in his search for answers. Blaxploitation icon Pam Grier plays Nico's partner, Jax.
Reviews
Variety "...Robert Steadman's eye for capturing all of the action without crowding the picture is well executed..." 04/06/1988
Los Angeles Times "...Davis packs it with excitingly grimy Chicago atmosphere, and the actors, Seagal included, give it a terse, hard-bitten energy..." 04/08/1988 p.C14
Directors
Andrew Davis
Actors
Steven Seagal
Cast & Crew
Henry Silva - Actor
Pam Grier - Actor
Sharon Stone - Actor
Steven Seagal - Actor
Andrew Davis - Director
Robert Steadman - Director of Photography
David M. Frank - Musical Score
Andrew Davis - Producer
Steven Seagal - Producer
Steven Pressfield, et al. - Screenplay
Steven Seagal - Story By
Andrew Davis - Story By
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1988
Catalog ID 11786
UPC 00085391178620
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 99 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English, Spanish Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
1.85:1
Reviews
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review ...[Seagal is] effective in his film debut. His voice has a certain quality to it, like Richard Gere's, that suggests he sometimes would rather keep talking after he barks out typical action dialogue. He is physical enough to create a believable menace in the violent scenes, and yet we can believe that sensitivity coexists with brutality in his makeup. Is he indeed Hollywood's hottest new action star? Who knows. But he has the stuff.
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Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
Features
DVD, French, Spanish, Subtitled, No Longer Produced
Quotes
Jeffrey Lyons, Sneak Previews The action sequences will knock you out of your seat!
Pat Collins, WWOR-TV ...a one-man lethal weapon...
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