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Martial Law

Martial Law

An undercover cop teams up with a martial-arts expert to stop a gang of drug smugglers and car thieves.
Genres: Action, Crime
Stars: Steve Cohen
Country: United States
Language: English
Year: 1990
Time: 89 min
IMDb: 4.4/10

Storyline

When it comes to maximum law enforcement, only police officers Sean Thompson and Billie Blake can deliver the power of justice…with their bare hands. They’re a part of the L.A.P.D.’s new program called ‘Martial Law’, a police force that uses full-contact martial arts to subdue criminals in situations where guns are a no-go. But now Sean and Billie’s talents in karate as well as their knowledge on the criminal underworld will be put to the test when they find themselves on a collision course with Dalton Rhodes, a criminal mastermind who runs a cartel-for-hire business, using his dojo as a front for his illegal activities and recruiting new talent. In addition to being a career criminal, Rhodes is also a master at rare forms of kung fu and the last practitioner of the deadly ‘dim-mak’ (death touch) technique. When Sean’s troublesome baby brother Michael falls in with Rhodes’ crowd and becomes a victim of their murderous exploits, the police duo will be forced to take the law into …
Plot Keywords: police / martial-arts / death / dojo / undercover
Taglines: The power of justice is in their hands!
Certificate: Australia:M | Finland:K-18 | Germany:18 | Iceland:16 | Norway:18 | Norway:15 (video rating) | Portugal:M/12 | United Kingdom:18 | United States:R
Cast: Chad McQueen , Cynthia Rothrock , David Carradine , Andy McCutcheon , Philip Tan , Tony Longo , Vincent Craig Dupree , Jim Malinda , Rick Walters , Patricia Wilson , Lars Lundgren , Professor Toru Tanaka , John Fujioka , Etan Boritzer , Marty Dudek , Gregg Brazzel , Jeff Smolek , Joey Gaynor , A.J. Nay , Brant von Hoffman , Jeffrey Scott Jensen , John McMahon , Hank Baumert , Buddy Ferrari , Richard Brandes , Lee Rhodes , Stephen Quadros , Danny Kuchuck , Ed Corbett , Kerry Yo , Craig Ng , Benny Urquidez , James Lew , Gary Toy , Antoinette Steen , Cynthia Brooks , Mark Joy , Michael Michaud , Jeff Pruitt , Pete Antico , Mary Reid , James Walker , Thomas A. Schuler , Steve Maxwell , Todd Burns , Tempest , August Daniels , Steve Sunnarborg , Greg Wascilchen , Bryan Allen , Andrew Day , JC Motes , Julie Peters , James Quinn , Sidney Reisner

Details

Company: Image Organization
Country: United States
Language: English
Released Date: 1990 (Norway)
Year: 1990
Film Location: Los Angeles, California, USA

Technical Specs

Runtime: 89 min
Soundmix: Dolby
Color: Color
Aspect Ratio: n/A

User Review:

gridoon » Although her role is actually secondary to Chad McQueen's (who is an OK action lead), Cynthia Rothrock is at her near-best in "Martial Law", both looks-wise and fighting-wise. She even goes 1-on-1 against Benny "The Jet" Urquidez at one point, though her highlight is probably when she delivers 6 or 7 rapid kicks in a row to a guy's head! But the script & direction are perfunctory, the "family drama" stuff is so lame and tiresome that it should have been left out altogether, and David Carradine is a weak, boring villain. If you find yourself watching this movie, my advice is to fast-forward through ALL of the dialogue scenes and focus only on the fight scenes – you won't be missing a thing, and you will be getting the maximum value for your money. (**)
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