Above the Law

April 8th, 1988


Above the Law

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Nico Toscani is a martial arts expert who was recruited by the CIA when he was in Japan, he would be sent to Vietnam...

Release Year: 1988

Rating: 5.6/10 (12,094 voted)

Director: Andrew Davis

Stars: Steven Seagal, Pam Grier, Henry Silva

Nico Toscani is a martial arts expert who was recruited by the CIA when he was in Japan, he would be sent to Vietnam. While there he witness the sadistic treatment of prisoners by Zagon, an interrogator, when he clashes with him, Nelson Fox, his friend tells him to get away. Nico goes home to Chicago and becomes a cop. 15 years later, when he busts a drug dealer, he tells Nico of a major deal going down, when he busts them, he discovers a cache of plastic explosives. And before he knows it everyone he arrested is released and when Nico tries to find out what's going on, a brick wall thrown in front of him. But Nico isn't about to let that stop him. And before long Fox calls Nico to warn him to back off and it's not long after that he is arrested and suspended from the force. And when a bomb is set at his church, which kills the parish priest, Nico wages an all-out war on whoever's doing this.

Writers: Andrew Davis, Steven Seagal

Steven Seagal - Nico Toscani
Pam Grier - Delores 'Jacks' Jackson
Henry Silva - Kurt Zagon
Ron Dean - Detective Lukich
Daniel Faraldo - Tony Salvano
Sharon Stone - Sara Toscani
Miguel Nino - Chi Chi Ramon
Nicholas Kusenko - FBI Agent Neeley
Joe Greco - Father Joseph Gennaro (as Joe V. Greco)
Chelcie Ross - Nelson Fox
Gregory Alan Williams - FBI Agent Halloran (as Gregory Alan-Williams)
Jack Wallace - Uncle Branca
Metta Davis - Rosa Toscani
Joseph F. Kosala - Lieutenant Strozah (as Joseph Kosala)
Ronnie Barron - CIA Bartender

Taglines: He was a covert agent trained in Vietnam. He has a master 6th degree black belt in Aikido... and family in the Mafia. He's a cop with an attitude.

Release Date: 8 April 1988

Filming Locations: Chicago, Illinois, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $7,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $2,037,938 (USA) (10 April 1988) (350 Screens)

Gross: $18,869,631 (USA)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | Germany:

Did You Know?

Due to film schedule constraints, the sequences at "Chicago Summer CES" (Consumer Electronic Show) were actually filmed at the November Comdex (Computer Dealer Expo) in Las Vegas. The film crew carried press credentials and pretended to be a news show filming about the products in the booth.

Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When Jax walks into the Christening party, she calls Steven Seagal "Steve" instead of "Nico", his character's name.

Salvano: This maniac should be wearing a number, not a badge.

User Review

Seagal is a martial arts hero in serious trouble...

Rating: 7/10

Born in Palermo, Sicily and raised in Chicago, Nico Toscani (Steven Seagal) is a martial arts hero in serious trouble...

When his eyes are about to be opened, he is recruited into the CIA by a crazy drunk guy named Nelson Fox...

Toscani holds the record for having more relatives under federal indictment than any other cop in the city... He hates the cocaine lawyers and the bad weather, but he is a loving husband and a caring father with no sins to confess...

Nico is a narcotics cop who can't swallow his pride... He smashes crack dealers' faces into their cocaine mirrors, and wiretaps bad guys' phones without asking for permission... He assaults his opponents in bars and starts putting them in orbit... Nico wants to be number one on the most wanted list...

Toscani makes a big drug bust, and discovers some plans to kill a senator who can't be bought out... He stands against a psychopathic leader who have used his 'little beauties' many times to extract information...

'Above the Law' is the first Steven Seagal movie which reveals the chilling truth about a powerful institution always political, largely ineffective and frequently corrupt...


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