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)
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
Delores 'Jacks' Jackson
Chi Chi Ramon
FBI Agent Neeley
Father Joseph Gennaro
(as Joe V. Greco)
Gregory Alan Williams
FBI Agent Halloran
(as Gregory Alan-Williams)
Joseph F. Kosala
(as Joseph Kosala)
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
Opening Weekend: $2,037,938
(10 April 1988)
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.
This maniac should be wearing a number, not a badge.
Seagal is a martial arts hero in serious trouble…
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
'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…