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Under the Gun (1988)

Mike Braxton (Sam Jones) a St. Louis cop, receives an urgent call from his brother Tony (Nick Cassavetes), a small time thief in Los Angeles. The call ends abruptly and Mike rushes to LA to... See full summary »

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James Sbardellati

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Almer John Davis, James Devney (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sam J. Jones ... Mike Braxton
Vanessa Williams ... Samantha Richards
John Russell ... Simon Stone
Michael Halsey ... Frank
Nick Cassavetes ... Tony Braxton
Steven Williams ... Gallagher
Bill McKinney ... Miller
Rockne Tarkington ... Leon
Don Stark ... Joey
Chris Mulkey ... Larry
Michele Russell Michele Russell ... Marie (as Michelle Russell)
Duane Tucker Duane Tucker ... Captain
Dan Tullis Jr. Dan Tullis Jr. ... Gang Leader
James McIntire James McIntire ... Young Gun
Burton Collins ... John (Braxton's Partner)
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Mike Braxton (Sam Jones) a St. Louis cop, receives an urgent call from his brother Tony (Nick Cassavetes), a small time thief in Los Angeles. The call ends abruptly and Mike rushes to LA to find his brother has been murdered. When questioning Tony's girlfriend, she's gunned down in front of him. Mike quickly learns Tony was a courier for Simon Stone (John Russell), a big time arms-smuggler. When Mike meets Stone's lawyer, Samantha Richardson (Vanessa Williams), the two team up to bring down Stone's arms smuggling empire. But Mike's infatuation with Samantha keeps putting them in greater danger. Written by Anonymous

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Action | Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 August 1988 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

Geschäft mit dem Tod See more »

Filming Locations:

Hollywood, California, USA

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Production Co:

Marquis Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Has never been released on DVD. See more »

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References Robotech (1985) See more »

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lots of gunfire, rockets, and Sam Jones in a film, that's under par
20 January 2013 | by PeterMitchell-506-564364See all my reviews

Another one of those no brainer action pics, but with action aplenty, there's hardly any time to take a rest. We have a new hero too. Sam, (wooden actor/Flash Gordon) Jones whose performance here is nothing spectacular either. He is a likable hero though and has a likable presence too, you'll definitely be rooting for this guy. Jones, a Saint Louis cop, is suspended after using excessive force, a.k.a retribution, after his partner's shot. His problems are about to get worse, when his brother, Tony (Cassavettes, yeah, real actors now) is slain and guess how, is something you've gotta see. Tony was merely a patsy, an innocent led sort of character, that Nick plays well. He was working with some bad guys, the boss, his front, a restaurant, is involving in making big bucks off selling, yes platonium, this time to a crazed colonel (Bill Mckinney who we meet near the end). Our boss, Simon Stone, doesn't care who has to be wasted either, including his sexy lawyer, Vanessa Williams (Ugly Betty), who teams up with Jones, when they start to become the hunted. Frank, a Mick Jagger talking sort of guy, with looks to match too, though this guy is easily better looking, (music and it's affect on people, huh?) is Stone's protector, where him and his henchman take out a partner and an entire mob, including some sunbathing beauties, when this deal go sour in a scene of gunfire that's spectacularly cool. This flick, with it's servings fire and blasting rockets, is one of those dumber than dumber action flicks, where the script sounds as though it was made up as it went along. Two stupid bits I'll mention, is when Jones and Williams are running from the baddies in his office, where Jones is about to use the fire escape, she options to use the elevator, and she's hardly that scared either. Another stupid bit, Jones uses a condom as a slingshot where he launches a bullet from it that hits Frank in the side of the neck. The acting too is pretty standard. If you rule out Cassavettes, 21 Jump Street's Steven Williams gives the strongest performance as a no nonsense L.A Lieutenant, who of course at first clashes with Jones. And for what it was worth, Mckinney's short screen time was good too. How Williams and Jones, kept avoiding all the gunfire and rockets that could of killed them ten times over, is another of those "beyond me's", but this one's almost beyond brains. At least the film never dulls, and keeps you on your eyes. William's opening scene in the restaurant, is tasty, when sitting next to Stone (John Russell) who keeps groping her leg, as she has to keep pushing it away. It's also great to see Jones get drunk here, then making an avenging arse of himself, in front of Stone and company.


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