Above the Law

1988

Above the Law

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Directed by future Fugitive helmsman Andrew Davis, Above the Law is one of a handful of Steven Seagal films with an appeal extending beyond Seagal's hardcore fans. Making his feature film debut, the star plays a Vietnam vet-turned-Chicago cop (what a parlay!) who uncovers an insidious conspiracy when he plans a major drug bust. The FBI tells him to forget the bust-on direct orders from the CIA. The plot is essentially an excuse for Seagal to smash heads and kick butt at the slightest provocation; still, it is not so much the violence content as the film's depiction of drug users that earned Above the Law an R rating. All this, and Pam Grier and Sharon Stone too!

Cast

Steven Seagal
as Nico Toscani
Pam Grier
as Delores Jackson
Sharon Stone
as Sara Toscani
Ron Dean
as Lukich
Miguel Nino
as Chi Chi
Nicholas Kusenko
as Agent Neeley
Chelcie Ross
as Nelson Fox
Thalmus Rasulala
as Deputy Superintendent Crowder
Gregory Alan Williams
as Agent Halloran
Jack Wallace
as Uncle Branca
Joseph Kosala
as Lt. Strozah
John Drummond
as TV Reporter
Ronnie Barron
as CIA Bartender
Metta Davis
as Rosa Toscani
Gene Barge
as Detective Henderson
Danny Goldring
as Zagon's Aide
Mike James
as Officer O'Hara
India Cooper
as Sanctuary Nun
Henry Godinez
as Father Tomasino
Joe D. Lauck
as Senator Harrison
Cheryl Hamada
as Watanabe
Ralph Foody
as Federal Clerk
Toni Fleming
as Grandma Zingaro
Rom Milanovich
as Man in Bar
Le Tuan
as Interpreter
Chantara Nop
as Cambodian Irregular
Al Rasho
as Grocery Owner
Mike Coglianese
as Branca's Bodyguard
Sandy Holt
as Hostess
Mike Nakayama
as NEC Show Rep
Zaid Farid
as Street Dude
Juan Ramírez
as Machete Man
Mario Nieves
as Man with Gun
Terry Stewart
as Machete Man's Buddy
Lisa Tejero
as Refugee Woman
Chris Karchmar
as Refugee Man
Clare Peck
as Judge Alspaugh
April Tran
as Asian Prisoner
Dennis Phun
as Asian Prisoner
Anthony Cannata
as Wiseguy Hitman
Gary Goldman
as CIA Interrogator
Lee de Broux
as CIA Interrogator
Patrick Gorman
as CIA Interrogator
Michael Rooker
as Man in Bar
Dan Janecek
as Man in Bar
Tom Muzila
as Aikido Fighter
Tom Milanovich
as Man in Bar
Craig Dunn
as Aikido Fighter
Gene Hartline
as Man in Bar
Joe V. Greco
as Father Joseph Gennaro
Nick Kusenko
as FBI Agent Neeley
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Critic Reviews for Above the Law

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Audience Reviews for Above the Law

  • Jun 20, 2016
    As a fan of action films, seeing the first starring role of any of the "action greats" is a must. This one does not disappoint. Seagal shows off his mastery of Akido in multiple scenes to great satisfaction. The script is decent, but like aa lot of action films in the 80s, focus was placed on the pure action and ass kicking rather than a gripping story.
    Patrick W Super Reviewer
  • Jan 02, 2010
    Above the Law, Steven Seagal's first movie was not his best, but it's still good. He stars as Nico, a cop breaking every rule in the book to expose corruption. Seagal is a Master in Aikido and several other Martial Arts and manages to steal the show with his the well staged fight scenes and I enjoyed seeing his bone breaking, limb popping technique. With help from Sharon Stone and villain Henry Silva, this film is non-stop action film that is filled with excitement for all.
    Deb S Super Reviewer
  • Oct 11, 2009
    (1988 Directors: Andrew Davis Mickey Gilbert ) This movie co-stars Pam Grier (Jackie Brown) & Sharon Stone along with a long list of famous actors such as Henry de Silva and Daniel Faraldo. This was a well done film which begins with the life story of Steven Seagal's character ** who grew up early with a strong desire to travel tothe East to study martial arts. Soon thereafter drafted into the CIA. This film's setting is during the Nixon era at the height of the Cold War. An inside investigation into the death of an important politician pops up. Lots of blatant mob crimimals & "big hair," a little peek into what I like to refer to as a "gentler time."
    Teresa S Super Reviewer
  • Apr 17, 2009
    Early Steven Seagal movies are a guilty pleasure of mine, and Above the Law ticks all the boxes when it comes to 80's action movies. With plenty of great fight scenes, cheesy saxophone music, and bad hair. What's not to love.
    Jonny C Super Reviewer

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