5 Action Movies [DVD]

Five pulse-pounding action flicks on one DVD: The Sweeper starring C. Thomas Howell, The Spy Killer featuring Robert Horton and Jill St. John, Ed McBain's 87th Precinct: Ice with Joe Pantoliano, A Father's Revenge starring Brian Dennehy, and One Down Two To Go with Richard Roundtree and Jim Kelly.
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A Father's Revenge
Made for television, A Father's Revenge stars Brian Dennehy as a high school basketball coach. When terrorists pull off a political kidnapping in West Germany, Dennehy's stewardess wife Joanna Cassidy is among the hostages. Fed up with the apparent foot-dragging of the authorities, Dennehy takes personal action in effecting Joanna's rescue. He hires Ron Silver's band of mercenaries, then heads to Germany to bring back his wife himself. Credibility is stretched to the limit at times, but the three stars are at their peak. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

The Sweeper
In this actioner, a secret group of citizens who want to take the law into their own hands do their best to convince an L.A. cop to join them. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi

One Down Two to Go
This violent martial-arts film features a galaxy of the blaxploitation genre's best known stars, including Jim Kelly (Black Eliminator) in his final role. Richard Roundtree stars as a tournament promoter who gets shaken down by an evil gangster (Joe Spinell) and must call on his three friends (Kelly, Fred Williamson and Jim Brown) for help. Kelly is the "one down" of the title, as he gets put into a coma fairly early in the proceedings. The usual murder and mayhem ensues, and fans of gritty low-budget action films should be pleased with both the cast and Williamson's crowd-pleasing direction. ~ Robert Firsching, Rovi

Ed McBain's 87th Precinct: Ice
This made-for-TV cop drama was the second in a series of films inspired by the best-selling "87th Precinct" novels, written by Ed McBain under the nom de plume of Evan Hunter. The major American metropolis of Isola (it's actually Toronto, as indicated by several familiar landmarks) is in the grip of its coldest and iciest winter in recent memory -- and the men of the 87th precinct are themselves gripped by the determination to solve a baffling murder. The victim was a popular dancer, found dead on a snowy street near the theater where she worked. The subsequent investigation unearths an elaborate showbiz-themed scam, a cache of stolen diamonds found on another corpse, and a drug pusher who is killed by having ice injected in his veins. Unfortunately, the killer (or killers) manages to elude the cops at every turn -- and it's getting colder, snowier, and icier outside with every passing day. Ed McBain's 87th Precinct: Ice originally aired over NBC on February 18, 1996. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

The Spy Killer
Written by horror-film specialist Jimmy Sangster, Spy Killer stars Robert Horton as a secret agent turned private eye. Framed for murder, Horton is released, but only after promising that he'll track down a book containing a list of government agents who are operating covertly in Red China. The reluctant spy discovers that he can't completely trust anyone in this endeavor--not even his former chief (Sebastian Cabot). Spy Killer was produced for American television by Britain's Hammer Films, then released theatrically overseas. The film spawned a sequel, Foreign Exchange (70), once again starring Robert Horton and Sebastian Cabot, with Jill St. John reprising her heroine role from Spy Killer. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Brian Dennehy
    Brian Dennehy - Paul Hobart
  • Ron Silver
    Ron Silver - Max Greenwald
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    Anthony Valentine - Vickers
  • Alexander Radszun
    Alexander Radszun - Captain Schilling
  • Angus MacInnes
    Angus MacInnes - Patterson
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