Action Jackson was
released in 1988, and was meant to launch Carl Weathers
into action icon stardom. It didn't happen.
The movie also starred Craig T. Nelson as criminal
Peter Anthony Dellaplane, Vanity as Syndey Ash (Dellaplane's
mistress), and a young
Sharon Stone (Dellaplane's wife). Paula Abdul was
In this movie,
Detective Jericho Jackson (Weathers), better known as
"Action Jackson" by the general public, is framed for
murder by Nelson's character. Jackson had been
demoted a view years earlier after investigating
Dellaplane's son for criminal activities. Even
though the case had got Jackson demoted, he continued
working on it. Dellaplane, with the use of
"invisible" assassins hired to kill un-cooperative union
representatives, tries to put the squeeze on Jackson,
ultimately causing him to become a fugitive.
The movie ends with a shoot out, and fist
fight, a bit of blood, and of course the good guy wins
(and gets the girl). Jackson is vindicated,
restored to his full lieutenantship on the police force,
and everyone lives happily ever after.