Vengence drives a tough Detroit cop to stay on the trail of a power hungry auto magnate who’s systematically eliminating his competition.
This late 80s violent action film from director Craig R. Baxley was a formulaic throw-back to 70’s blacksploitation films.
It featured Carl Weathers in the title role as Detroit cop Sgt. Jericho ‘Action’ Jackson. Formerly, he was a Lieutenant, but demoted to Sergeant in a botched case. Sean Dellaplane, the son of sexual psychopath and corrupt auto tycoon Peter Dellaplane (Craig T. Nelson), lost an arm and Jackson’s ‘unnecessary roughness’ embarrassed the Detroit police department.
There were two female stars (both displaying gratuitous nudity):
Patrice Dellaplane (pre-Basic Instinct Sharon Stone), Peter’s gorgeous trophy wife
Sydney Ash (R&B singer and Prince’s ex-girlfriend Vanity), a lounge-club singer, Peter’s mistress – and heroin addict
[Note: Vanity also posed for Playboy in April of the same year as this film. This was one of her best film performances, besides being in 52 Pick-Up (1986) two years earlier opposite Roy Scheider.]
Sydney was a needy addict, exchanging sex for drugs with corrupt industrialist Dellaplane – he provided her with a shiny hypodermic needle filled with heroin, as she laid back topless, and he told her: “Sweet dreams, baby.” In part, Sydney also served as Jackson’s ‘unlikely buddy’ during a few car rides and chase scenes.
After showing her nudity in a steam room, Patrice became her husband’s bloody murder victim for speaking to Jackson. As she hugged and kissed her husband, he reassured her: “I’d never do anything to harm you, baby.” But then she was killed at point blank range during mid-kiss. He laid her bloody body back on the bed, removed her expensive diamond ring, and calmly lit up a cigarette. He tossed the murder weapon (intending to frame Jackson) back to his bodyguard and uttered: “Works fine.”
The investigating police officer commented on Patrice’s bloody body: “Women this beautiful don’t come around too often. I’ve always got to see ’em like this.” Jackson was framed for murdering her and found himself on the run (with Sydney) from his own police.
Director: Craig R. Baxley
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