Against the Law (1997 film)
|Against the Law|
Promotional movie poster
|Directed by||Jim Wynorski|
|Produced by||Benjamin R. Reder
|Written by||Steve Mitchell
Thomas Mikal Ford
|Music by||Kevin Kiner|
|Cinematography||Andrea V. Rossotto|
|Edited by||Richard Gentner|
Sunset Films International
|September 16, 1997|
Headed towards Hollywood, Rex (Richard Grieco) is a mentally ill drifter with a penchant for balls-to-the-wall gunplay. Trapped in a delusion that he is a modern 'Old West' gunslinger, Rex begins a murder spree that leaves police and law enforcement dead in his path. Meanwhile, hard-drinking cop John Shepard (Nick Mancuso) is suddenly thrust into the spotlight by newsanchor Maggie Hewitt (Nancy Allen) after killing one of L.A.'s most notorious drug dealers in a skilled shoot out. When Rex learns of this heroic deed, he becomes fixated on both Hewitt, who he begins to stalk and terrorize, and Shepard, who he vows to shoot and kill. As a tense high noon battle looms on the horizon, John and Maggie scramble to outwit and outshoot this delusional maniac.
(in credits order...)
- Nancy Allen as Maggie Hewitt
- Richard Grieco as Rex
- Nick Mancuso as Det. John Shepard
- Steven Ford as Lt. Bill Carpenter
- Thomas Mikal Ford as Det. Siegel
- Gary Sandy as Chief Leitner
- Leslie Bega as Lucia
- James Stephens as Det. Ben Hamada
- Herb Mitchell as Carl Stensgard
- Heather Thomas as Felicity
- Jaime Pressly as Sally
- B.K. Byron as Lars Reder
- Tim Colceri as Officer I.Q.
- Randy Crowder as Lt. Fuller
- Billy Gallo as DJ
- Randy Hall as Security Guard
- Frank Lloyd as Officer Caultman
The film was written by Steve Mitchell with Bob Sheridan. Mitchell hoped to direct and wrote it with John Terleskey in mind for the lead. Jim Wynorski bought the script for Sunset Films, a company he was operating with Andrew Stevens for Cinetel Films. Mitchell said he thought the film "ultimately turned out to be one of Jim’s best movies, but there are a lot of things I’m not happy with. The casting was a lot of it."
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-07. Retrieved 2011-02-10.
- "Bring on the Killbots: An Interview with Steve Mitchell". Mondo Digital.
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