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I, the Jury (1982)

A PI investigates the murder of his one-armed friend, a PI working on a case. Clues lead to a sex clinic. Bodies pile up.

Director:

Richard T. Heffron

Writers:

Mickey Spillane (novel), Larry Cohen (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Armand Assante ... Mike Hammer
Barbara Carrera ... Dr. Charlotte Bennett
Laurene Landon ... Velda
Alan King ... Charles Kalecki
Geoffrey Lewis ... Joe Butler
Paul Sorvino ... Detective Pat Chambers
Judson Scott ... Charles Kendricks
Barry Snider Barry Snider ... Romero
Julia Barr Julia Barr ... Norma Childs
Jessica James Jessica James ... Hilda Kendricks
Frederic Downs ... Jack Williams
Mary Margaret Amato ... Myrna Williams
F.J. O'Neil F.J. O'Neil ... Goodwin
William G. Schilling ... Lundee (as William Schilling)
Robert Sevra Robert Sevra ... Breslin
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An old friend of a private detective is murdered. The detective, Mike Hammer, will make every effort to find out the killer. At each step he does, there is someone taking advantage of his progress. Written by Luis Carvacho <lcarvach@lascar.puc.cl>

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Trivia

"Halliwell's Film Guide" said that this remake was "more in line than the previous version [I, the Jury (1953)] with the tone of the [Mickey Spillane] novel". See more »

Goofs

When Hammer shoots the truck driver from behind and the truck starts swirling over the road, you can see the 'dead' driver turning the steering wheel vigorously. See more »

Quotes

Mike Hammer: Harry Lundee.
Lundee: Unnecessary violence himself. What brings you to the land of make-believe?
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Alternate Versions

The UK cinema version was cut by the BBFC and the 1986 video was cut further (totalling 4 minutes in total) with edits to a scene of Kendricks tracing a knife across a woman's body, and heavy cuts to a scene at an orgy where he terrorizes and tortures 2 female twins with a razor. See more »

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SEX and VIOLENCE --but is that all?
4 August 2008 | by profh-1See all my reviews

I THE JURY (1982), the first Mike Hammer movie since THE GIRL HUNTERS (1963). This was a half-hearted attempt to bring Hammer into the modern world-- or something. Armand Assante's too short & skinny, his accent's all wrong & he seems too laid-back about all the nastiness going on, like he's a wise-guy when he should be a dangerous Neanderthal. Laurene Landon's pretty, but she seems too helpless when the going gets rough-- and she's blonde! (Velda's supposed to be a brunette, how hard is it to get even the simple details right?) Paul Sorvino as Pat Chambers isn't bad, but he gets forced to involve Hammer against his will, while in the original, he happily fed Mike all the info he could, knowing Mike would not be held back by rules & regulations the way he would be as a cop. The highlight of the film is no doubt Barbara Carerra, who gets to have one HOT nude sex scene about 2/3rds of the way in-- but it doesn't seem like she's really given much chance to act. Her lack of ability, or just a director who has NO IDEA what he's doing? Someone said this looked and felt like a "tv movie"-- the only difference being, the excessive graphic violence, nudity & sex. And while the original I THE JURY was a very complex plot, which left you marvel at the way such a "thug" on the outside as Hammer could figure it out when nobody else could, here, too much is spelled out for the audience, and yet, not enough is spelled out clearly for any of it to really make sense. OY! Bill Conti tries his best with a high-powered jazz score, but it's no FOR YOUR EYES ONLY.

It's a fun flick and can be enjoyed for exactly what it is. But watching this again really makes me wish I had a good copy of the Biff Elliot film...


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 April 1982 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Gross USA:

$1,515,578

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,515,578
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Movielab)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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