Beyond the Law (1992 film)
|Beyond the Law|
"Beyond the Law" Artisan DVD Cover
|Directed by||Larry Ferguson|
|Produced by||Richard N. Gladstein
Ronna B. Wallace
Joseph M. Caracciolo Jr.
|Written by||Larry Ferguson|
Courtney B. Vance
|Music by||John D'Andrea
|Cinematography||Robert M. Stevens|
|Edited by||Don Brochu
Robert C. Jones
|Release date(s)||HBO, 1992 U.S. release|
|Running time||108 min|
Beyond the Law is a 1992 TV film written and directed by Larry Ferguson. It tells the story of Dan Saxon, an undercover cop who infiltrates a biker gang to arrest the men behind a drug-smuggling/arms-dealing operation. In order to maintain the trust of the gang's leader, he must commit ever more dangerous and heinous crimes and must question how far he can go beyond the law.
Based on a true story, the film centers on Dan Saxon, a cop with a troubled childhood. He is enlisted by Conroy Price, an agent in Arizona's State Attorney General's office, to go undercover to bust the illegal drugs and arms trafficking. Saxon is unsuccessful until he meets and befriends Virgil, a mechanic who introduces him to the seedy world of outlaw bikers. Virgil tutors Saxon on bikes and customs of the outlaw motorcycle brotherhood. After many lessons and a major change in appearance Saxon develops an alter ego named Sid and ends up infiltrating the outlaw motorcycle brotherhood and earning the trust of Blood, the president of a local club. At the same time, he begins a relationship with a photojournalist, Renee Jason, who is aware of his dual life. As Saxon falls deeper into this world of crime, he becomes more unbalanced. After a violent situation that led to a 20 year old convenience store attendant being killed, Saxon is brought back to earth. After he is revealed to being an undercover cop, over 200 arrests are made, including Blood. The end of the film shows all the arrests being made, and Saxon walking away into the desert. It is revealed that Saxon and Renee are currently living in California, and Blood is serving 3 consecutive life sentences.
- Charlie Sheen – Daniel "Dan" Saxon (aka Sid)
- Linda Fiorentino – Renee Jason
- Michael Madsen – "Blood"
- Courtney B. Vance – Conroy Price
- Leon Rippy – Virgil (aka Dildo)
- Rip Torn – Deputy Prescott
- Dennis Burkley – Oatmeal
- Michael Waltman – Jailer
Larry Ferguson wrote the screenplay after reading the article "Undercover Angel" by Lawrence Linderman in the July, 1981 issue of Playboy on an undercover agent named Dan Black. Black served as a technical advisor on the film and appeared as an extra in the movie.
- Larry Ferguson (Writer-Director) (1992). Beyond the Law (DVD (Insert & Special Features)). Artisan.