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Action Jackson (1988)




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Ex-football player Carl Weathers stars in this violent action film as Detroit policeman Jericho Jackson. The dedicated but brutal cop is plunged into nefarious doings concerning a crooked industrialist (Craig T. Nelson) and his drug-addicted girlfriend (pop-singer Vanity), breaking many people's bones before solving the case. Sharon Stone stands out in a cast of genre veterans including Nicholas Worth, Sonny Landham, and Robert Davi. Heavy on the sex and violence, this film harkens back to the glory days of 1970s blaxploitation, but is a bit too mean-spirited to be as much fun. ~ Robert Firsching, Rovi

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Carl Weathers
as 'Action' Jackson
Craig T. Nelson
as Peter Dellaplane
as Sydney Ash
Sharon Stone
as Patrice Dellaplane
Thomas F. Wilson
as Officer Kornblau
Bill Duke
as Capt. Armbruster
Robert Davi
as Tony Moretti
Jack Thibeau
as Detective Kotterwell
Roger Aaron Brown
as Officer Lack
Ed O'Ross
as Stringer
Bob Minor
as Gamble
Diedre Conrad
as Policewoman
Alonzo Brown Jr.
as Big Lady With Purse
Deidre Conrad
as Policewoman
Bill Burton Sr.
as Policeman
Preston Hanson
as Master of Ceremonies
Ivor Barry
as Stuffy Old Guy
Al Leong
as Dellaplane's Chauffeur
Melissa Prophet
as Newscaster
Jim Haynie
as Morty Morton
Edgar Small
as Raymond Foss
James Lew
as Martial Arts Instructor
Charles Meshack
as Poolroom Bartender
Sonny Landham
as Mr. Quick
Susan Lentini
as VW Driver
Kenneth Belsky
as Red Devil Bartender
Frank McCarthy
as Oliver O'Rooney
Ronnie Carol
as Party Guest
Matt Landers
as Desk Sgt. #1
Thomas Wagner
as Desk Sgt. #2
John Lyons
as Yacht Guard #1
Glenn Wilder
as Yacht Guard #2
Steve Vandeman
as Yacht Guard #3
Miguel A. Núñez Jr.
as Poolroom Thug #1
Branscombe Richmond
as Poolroom Thug #2
Richard L. Duran
as Poolroom Thug #3
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Critic Reviews for Action Jackson

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (2)

Crashing through are several raffish characters whose acting doesn't get in the way of the stunts.

May 21, 2003 | Full Review…

Action Jackson is a movie where some of the parts are good, but none of them fit and a lot of them stink.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

One more example of an insignificant movie made to entertain those who like forceful punches and accurate shootings. [Full Review in Spanish]

March 27, 2020 | Full Review…

[ Weathers] shows here what one had long suspected from his Rocky debut: an attractive personality with more than enough charisma to fill the screen in a worthier film than this.

November 15, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

It's cuckoo bananas, crazy. It's entertaining at the same time, because it's so crazy...but it is not a good movie, and I know this might be blasphemy, but Carl Weathers actually lacks a lot of charisma here...

August 9, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

It's just fun to talk about. Vanity is beautiful in's an easy way to pass the time.

August 9, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Action Jackson


I love these 80's henchmen with their black outfits, mullets and inability to shoot straight. Add to that some extremely over the top action sequences and a large piece of wood in the form of Weathers and there you have it, a perfect 80's action film. This film is your typical tough guy flick with the same kind of action as many many other classic films like 'Lethal Weapon' and 'Red Heat' etc...Funnily enough this film has a few main cast members from the Arnie vehicle 'Predator' with Landham and Duke alongside Weathers. Talking of the cast this film has a mega cast of stars/80's faces...Robert Davi, Thomas F. Wilson, Craig T. Nelson, Sharon Stone, Ed O Ross, Miguel A. Nunez Jr and the ultimate henchman Al Leong. Only guy missing here is Arnie himself. I gotta admit I never really liked this flick as it just seems like a big action vehicle wannabe and just can't quite compete with the real big boys. I think Weathers is coming off a hot streak of films where he wasn't the main lead so the film didn't rest entirely on his shoulders. Weathers is a good tough guy, looks good and talks the talk but I just don't think he's got enough swing to hold an entire blockbuster film all on his own. For me he works better with other big names to spar with (no pun intended) eg. 'Rocky' and 'Predator'. The same goes for the main bad guy played by T. Nelson, he's slimy but isn't quite evil or threatening enough. Overall its a slightly unimpressive outcome but that lively 80's buzz is hard to ignore. Bit of a hit n miss non event action flick in an already flooded genre at the time.

Phil Hubbs
Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

I had just started liking Carl Weathers after I first started watching him in the Rocky movies.Boy,did my opinnion of him become greater,but I realize after his great acting in the Rocky movies as Apollo Creed,his acting as Jericho "Action" Jackson is PHONOEMENAL!!!

Cassie Hill
Cassie Hill

Super Reviewer

one for the worst of list...

Miriam Kline
Miriam Kline

Super Reviewer

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