Karate Cop

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Karate Cop
Directed byAlan Roberts
Produced byRonald L. Marchini
Garrick Huey
Jo-Anne Marchini
Written byDenny Grayson
Ronald L. Marchini
Bill Zide
StarringRon Marchini
David Carradine
Music byCecil Ramirez
Ralph Stover
CinematographyHugh C. Litfin
Edited byGarrick Huey
Distributed byImperial Entertainment
Release date
1991
Running time
100 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
BudgetUnknown

Karate Cop is a 1991 direct-to-video martial arts action film. It is the sequel to the film Omega Cop. It is set in the post-apocalyptic near-future about a karate-trained police officer struggling to keep order in a chaotic, unstable totalitarian society. It stars Ronald L. Marchini in the main role; David Carradine makes a cameo appearance.

Plot[edit]

After an environmental holocaust caused by solar flares nearly destroyed the Earth the atmosphere is ridden with solar radiation and global temperatures had risen greatly. This catastrophe left almost every human on earth dead, devastated the environment, and causes societal collapse. Crime rates have drastically increased, and the few human beings left have decided to fend for themselves and much of the world has seen the rise of gangs of rampaging marauders. In post-apocalyptic America, the once-stable society has become a corrupt, crime-ridden totalitarian wasteland. The few remaining citizens are either hiding in devastated urban areas or are controlled by various gangs that now rule the cities with an iron fist. A former cop, John Travis, is a martial arts expert and spends his days undercover, walking across the barren urban landscape. Travis is doing his best to maintain some kind of order as the gangs slowly weed each other out by fighting in large arenas to create the most powerful gang and thus control the country.

Cast[edit]

  • Ronald L. Marchini as John Travis
  • Carrie Chambers as Rachel
  • Michael E. Bristow as Snaker
  • D.W. Landingham as Lincoln
  • Michael M. Foley as Lincoln's Champion
  • Dana Bentley as Lincoln's Woman
  • Dax Nicholas as Cal
  • David Carradine as Dad
  • Vibbe Haugaard as Mica
  • Warren Reed as Fat Scav
  • Jeffrey K. Lee as Sneaker
  • Lorraine Swanson as Tess
  • Denny Grayson as Priest
  • Kelli Gianettoni as Dancing Dahlia
  • Stephen W. Sargent as Danny
  • Chris Ost as Cardplayer #1
  • Mark Stevens as Cardplayer #2
  • Frank O. Montelongo as Poolplayer #1
  • Michael Pyper as Poolplayer #2
  • J. D. Bristow as Black T-shirt
  • Chris Reynolds as Last Attacker

Release[edit]

The film was a direct-to-video release, so the number of units it sold is unknown. The film was a sleeper hit and did not receive much attention. Therefore, it nearly slipped into obscurity. However, years later, it has since been rediscovered and has gained a small cult following.[citation needed] The film received mixed to negative reviews from critics, who initially criticized the film for its acting and plot. However, almost all critics have praised the film for its carefully researched and extensively choreographed action sequences.[citation needed]

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