|CODE OF SILENCE (director: Andrew Davis; screenwriters: Dennis Shryack, Patrick Sheane Duncan, Michael Butler, Mike Gray/story by Butler & Shryack; cinematographer: Frank Tidy; editor: Christopher Holmes/Peter Parasheles ; music: David Feank; cast: Chuck Norris (Eddie Cusack), Henry Silva (Luis Comacho), Ralph Foody (Cragie), Bert Remsen (Commander Kates), Nathan Davis (Felix Scalese), Allen Hamilton (Pirelli), Molly Hogan (Diana Luna), Mike Genovese (Tony Luna), Ron Henriquez (Victor Comacho), James Fierro (Vito), Joseph Guzaldo (Nick Kopalas), Trish Shaefer (Molly Luna), Alex Stevens (Angel), Dennis Farina *Dorato), Roy Dean (Brennan); Runtime: 101; MPAA Rating: R; producer: Raymond Wagner; MGM/Orion; 1985)|
it's your typical formulaic violent action
picture, in the model of Dirty Harry, it has
more intelligence than expected."
by Dennis Schwartz
routine but hard-hitting entertaining karate action
police story, that's a starring vehicle for Chuck
Norris. It's solidly directed by Chicago native Andrew
Davis ("The Fugitive"/"Under Siege"),
delivering the goods on all the action sequences and
presenting great location shots of the Windy City. It's
based on a story by Dennis Shryack
Butler, and is written by the authors Mike
Gray & Patrick Sheane Duncan.
Cusack (Chuck Norris) is a tough-guy honest Chicago
police sergeant who comes too late to a drug raid on
the Colombian crime family called the Comachos,
who are led by the ruthless Luis Comacho (Henry
Silva). A rival Italian gang run by Tony Luna (Mike
Genovese) gets there first and
steals the drugs and wipes out many of the gang
members. This leads to a drug war between the rival
gangs, as the Colombians brutally start killing off
the Italians. Caught in the middle is the innocent
teenager Diana Luna (Molly Hagan), the leader's
daughter, whom Eddie rescues from the Colombians and
vows to protect.
Eddie goes "lone wolf" because during the initial drug raid, a drunk veteran cop Cragie (Ralph Foody) accidentally kills an innocent kid bystander in the hallway of the raid and plants a gun on him to cover-up his foul deed. Cragie’s rookie partner, Nick Kopalas (Joseph Guzaldo), can't decide whether he should testify against Cragie and break the police "code of silence." When he doesn't, Eddie speaks out at the review board hearing against Cragie as unfit to be a cop and the rank-and-file of the department turns against him. He now has no choice but be a one-man army against the Colombians.
no stopping Eddie when going after the Comachos. When
at the hostile pool room headquarters of the Comachos,
one of the gang offers his opinion about Eddie taking
on the entire Colombian crime organization by himself,
he sneeringly replies: “When I want your
opinion, I’ll beat it out of you.”.
only helped in the climax by the department's
remote-control robot called “Prowler,” as he
rescues Diana held hostage in a factory by the
Comachos and destroys their cocaine operation.
it's your typical formulaic violent action picture, in
the model of "Dirty Harry," it has more intelligence
than expected. Chuck's part was intended for Clint
Eastwood, who turned it down. It's arguably Chuck's
REVIEWED ON 5/15/2017 GRADE: B
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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