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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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Storyline

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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He was only a private eye - but he wanted to be the judge and jury as well. [Video] See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 April 1982 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

I, the Jury See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,515,578

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,515,578
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Movielab)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film was originally filmed in the 2:35.1 anamorphic widescreen aspect ratio by cinematographer Andrew Laszlo when production began and Larry Cohen was directing the film. When Cohen was let go as director, replacement director Richard T. Heffron shot in the more economical 1:85.1 ratio, as he was also more comfortable in that format. A few scenes Cohen shot did end up in the final film, but were cropped from their original aspect ratio, as in the film's opening sequence when Hammer is making love to the woman he was hired to spy on. See more »

Goofs

When Hammer has coffee with Kalecki on the rooftop, the position of Hammer's coffee cup handle changes between camera angles in the same scene. See more »

Quotes

Mike Hammer: Are you two alike in every way?
2nd Twin: Not exactly. I have a strawberry birthmark.
Mike Hammer: Really? Where?
2nd Twin: Oh, I can't see it. I have to go on other people's word.
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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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References Casablanca (1942) See more »

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Hammer Time
19 December 2019 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Private Detective Mike Hammer (Armand Assante) investigates the murder of his friend Jack Williams who lost his arm to the Tet Offensive. Pat Chambers (Paul Sorvino) is the lead police detective in the case. Jack's wife Myrna reveals that they had been going to sex therapist Dr. Charlotte Bennett. His investigation connects Mike to a secret military program with help from his beautiful secretary Velda. Soon, they're hunted by mysterious agents. Mike follows the gun to mobster Charles Kalecki (Alan King).

Finding the bug seems very random. There are conveniences and contrivances. It's fine for an 80's action movie. It has the harden charisma of Assante although there is a bit of European coolness about him. It gives Hammer a nice sexiness. The plot is quite convoluted which borders on a Bond movie. Instead of a noir pulp detective, Bond does seem like the bigger inspiration. It's not until he gets a little bloodied that it starts to feel noir. There is even a bevy of Bond beauties. The only thing missing is the exotic locations. It's strictly New York City and that's perfectly good with its remaining sleaze. It fits the sex and violence. The production is closer to TV level except for the R-rated elements.


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