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Story

Jean-Claude Van Damme stars as maverick cop Lou Burke, the only lawman tough enough to go undercover in a prison recently plagued by suspicious deaths. Posing as a hardened con, Burke stands up to sadistic guards and makes martial arts mincemeat out of brutal inmates, all the while investigating those mysterious murders. Following the standard Van Damme formula at the height of the actor's B-picture popularity, the script essentially inserts him in a series of increasingly nasty situations from which he then has to kick, punch, and chop his way out. For services rendered, the Muscles from Brussels gets to kiss Cynthia Gibb, who plays a lawyer assigned the dubious task of posing as Burke's wife. With Van Damme safely tucked into his story formula, a slightly more discriminating viewer can find pleasure in a supporting performance from Robert Guillaume (as an aging inmate), while freakier types will enjoy top-drawer nemesis the Sandman (Patrick Killpatrick), a psycho killing machine who forces poor Burke to break a sweat. --Tom Keogh

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Widescreen
  • Closed-captioned

Cast

Jean-Claude Van DammeLouis Burke
Robert GuillaumeHawkins
Cynthia GibbAmanda Beckett
George DickersonTom Vogler
Art LaFleurSergeant DeGraf
Patrick KilpatrickChristian 'The Sandman' Naylor
Joshua John MillerDouglas Tisdale
Hank StoneRomaker
Conrad DunnKonefke
Jack BannonBen Keane
Armin ShimermanDr. Gottesman
Al LeongBruce
Larry HankinMayerson

  • Genre: Adventure Movies
  • Director: Deran Sarafian
  • Producer: MGM/UA
  • Length: 89 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaSep 14, 1990
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaFeb 6, 2001
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