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Excessive Force
Excessive Force
Actors: Thomas Ian Griffith, James Earl Jones, Lance Henriksen, Tony Todd, Burt Young
Director: Jon Hess
Genres: Action & Adventure
R     2004     1hr 30min

Accused of stealing millions of dollars in drug money and killing a Mob boss, a Chicago cop fights to clear his name.


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Actors: Thomas Ian Griffith, James Earl Jones, Lance Henriksen, Tony Todd, Burt Young
Director: Jon Hess
Creators: Thomas Ian Griffith, Donald M. Morgan, Alan Baumgarten, Erwin Stoff, Michael Harpster, Oscar L. Costo
Genres: Action & Adventure
Sub-Genres: Action & Adventure
Studio: New Line Home Video
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen,Widescreen - Closed-captioned,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 09/07/2004
Original Release Date: 05/14/1993
Theatrical Release Date: 05/14/1993
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 1hr 30min
Screens: Color,Full Screen,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English

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Movie Reviews

Terry Silver | The All-Valley Karate Tournament | 02/05/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Action superstar Thomas Ian Griffith takes on evil Italians and corrupt cops in this edge-of-your seat thriller. In perhaps his best role of all time, Griffith crafts a fascinating character unlike any ever seen before: a cop frustrated with his work and alienated from his wife. When Griffith uses excessive force to get a confession, a web of intruige and sinister alliances is slowly revealed to him. The film also features a supporting cast of seasoned veterans such as James Earl Jones and Lance Henriksen who both deliver solid performances. With plot twists you will never see coming, touching moments which will leave you in tears and the one of best guitar-solo and saxophone soundtracks ever written - not to mention explosive, glass-breaking karate action, "Excessive Force" is a 90 minute visual feast of pure adrenaline! A must-see film for any fan of good cinema."
Well it's about time
Nathanael D. Robinson | East Peoria, IL | 08/19/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is one of those good action flicks in a long list that have taken way too long to make the DVD transfer. This is quite possibly an action fan's best introduction to Thomas Ian Griffith. Once you become acquainted with this film, you will soon realize just how underutilized this man is in the Hollywood Action scene. He combines impressive moves with decent acting chops and just comes across as a pretty cool cat. In addition, this was a fresh action film. It didn't rely on lead spraying alone. Character developement and a few twists combined with awesome casting--James Earl Jones, among other familiar and welcome faces--was obviously important in the overall spectrum of this movie. It wasn't just thrown together. We get a cop who winds up caught in the crossfire of the shadey politics of his own police precinct, finding himself alone in the struggle with no one to trust after his partner is brutily murdered. This film poses the question, "how well do you know your friends?" This is one you can share with fellow action fans that may not have had the pleasure of viewing. Griffith's movies are few and far apart but they're all worth watching. Support this man! I'm looking forward to seeing his work on the sequel to Timecop."
I wanna see the tough guy!
D. Seeve | East Village, NYC | 12/27/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)

"After his partner is tortured and killed, Terry decides enough is enough. For a rather [inexpensive] movie "Excessive Force" is awesome: Great cast, Great fight scenes, and some Great lines. Thomas Ian Griffith never took off as the action hero of the 90's, but with other memorable roles in Karate Kid 3 & Vampires, he proves he's not just another Perfect Weapon, or Stone Cold. If you like the kind of action flick that is usually on [a pay channel] around 3:00 AM, then check out "Excessive Force", you'll be glad you did."
Shoulda Been A Star
Stanley Runk | Camp North Pines | 01/13/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Good action movie. I actually saw this in the theater(yes, it did have a theatrical release!) back in the day. This was about the time when cheap action and horror films were starting to disappear from theaters. Excessive Force would be straight to video if released today. Pity, coz it's pretty fun. Thomas Ian Griffth never became the next Seagal or VanDamme-something the producers were obviously trying to do with him-but he really does the action tough guy thing wonderfully. He even had a hand in the script. He's got the look and the moves, he's even a decent actor. He went on to do some direct to video action pics, and played the lead vampire in John Carpenter's Vampires. You may also remember him as one of the villians from Karate Kid III(the guy who teaches Daniel how to break noses). Other than that, the guy is virtually unknown. The plot doesn't offer anything groundbreaking in terms of cops/robbers action, but it's a cliched film done well. It's got a better than average supporting cast of James Earl Jones, Lance Henriksen, Tony Todd(the Candyman himself!), and Burt Young(Paulie from the Rocky movies). These guys must have also seen potential of the script to want to appear in it. Good supporting actors, a good script, and a good performance from the lead raise this otherwise by-the-numbers action movie up a few notches to something quite entertaining."