Sept. 16, 2022

#65 - "Above the Law" (1988) with Comedian Danny Johnson from the "Behind the Bar" Podcast

#65 -

In the late 80’s the American action movie was reaching its zenith. The genre had produced several bona fide superstars and was bringing big money to the box office. Action movies were the perfect vehicle for unknown talent to prove themselves. An actor that audiences had never seen before could be the lead if he had the right moves, hair, and one-liners. This 80’s flick, that introduced us to the pre-ponytailed Steven Seagal, surely fit the bill. So prepare for all of the 80’s action movie clichés: flashbacks to Vietnam; a tough, renegade cop; political subterfuge; a revenge plot; intrusive FBI agents; CIA backstabbing and much, much more as Tim Williams and guest co-host, Comedian Danny Johnson from the "Behind the Bar" podcats discuss “Above the Law” from 1988 on this episode of the 80’s Flick Flashback Podcast!

Here are some additional behind the scenes trivia we were unable to cover in this episode:

  • The pictures in the opening credits, including the one of baby Nico, are real pictures of Steven Seagal in his youth.
  • Henry Silva broke Steven Seagal's nose in the final fight scene. Seagal was rushed to the hospital. The next day Seagal was back at work. He stayed up all night icing it, so that he wouldn't get a black eye.
  • After the film opened, aikido experienced a boom worldwide. Steven Seagal's Los Angeles dojo was struggling before the movie. Afterward, it sold out all its classes.


Wikipedia, IMDB, Rotten Tomatoes, Box Office Mojo

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