I, the Jury (1982)



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Larry Cohen wrote the screenplay to this updating of Mickey Spillane's notorious 1947 novel. Cohen was originally engaged to direct the film as well but was pulled from the director's chair after a week's worth of shooting because he had already run up the budget by $100,000; he was replaced by television director Richard T. Heffron. In this 1982 I, the Jury, Mike Hammer (Armand Assante) is a Vietnam veteran who wears hip duds and drives around in a bronze Trans Am in much the same way as Robert Mitchum's Philip Marlowe was refurbished for Michael Winner's re-make of The Big Sleep. After a cheesy rip-off of a James Bond-style credit sequence, the story kicks in. One-armed detective Jack Williams (Frederick Downs) is murdered. Jack was Hammer's best friend, and Hammer decides that he will become a one-man vigilante squad and seek vengeance on the person responsible for his death. He enlists the aid of his vivacious secretary Velda (Laurene Landon) and is also helped and hindered by police-chief Pat Chambers (Paul Sorvino). Hammer latches on to the killer's trail, then the film veers in a radically different direction from the book, introducing government conspiracies and mind-control techniques by the CIA and the Mafia. Also introduced is Hammer's love interest Charlotte Bennett (Barbara Carrera), an administrator of a kinky sex clinic (depicted as a psychiatrist in the original novel). ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi
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Armand Assante
as Mike Hammer
Barbara Carrera
as Dr. Charlotte Bennett
Alan King
as Charles Kalecki
Geoffrey Lewis
as Joe Butler
Paul Sorvino
as Pat Chambers
Barry Snider
as Romero
Julia Barr
as Norma Childs
Jessica James
as Hilda Kendricks
Frederic Downs
as Jack Williams
Frederic Downs Jr.
as Jack Williams
Lynette Harris
as Twin #2
Mary Margaret Amato
as Myrna Williams
F.J. O'Neil
as Goodwin
Robert Sevra
as Breslin
Don Pike
as Evans
Gwynn Gillis
as Receptionist
Mike Miller
as Victor Kyle
Alex Stevens
as Cab Driver #1
Bobbi Burns
as Sheila Kyle
Richard Russell Ramos
as Cab Driver #2
H. Richard Greene
as Gentleman at Bar
Jodi Douglas
as Party Girl
Lee Doyle
as Maitre d'
Cheryl Henry
as Brunette
Michael Fiorello
as Man in Revolving Door
Herb Peterson
as Policeman
Richard Dahlia
as Doctor at Clinic
Larry Pine
as Movie Director
Joe Farago
as Assistant Director
Alan Dellay
as Cameraman
Jack Davidson
as Eric Clavel
Loring Pickering
as Soap Opera Actor
Corinne Bohrer
as Soap Opera Actress
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Critic Reviews for I, the Jury

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (5)

Apart from Assante and the random effective bit player -- notably Frederick Downs, a Veterans Administration official who plays the first murder victim, Jack Williams -- the level of acting tends to be perilously amateurish.

Full Review… | September 23, 2015
Washington Post
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I, the Jury is a violent private eye thriller, with a certain redeeming sense of style.

Full Review… | August 17, 2015
Chicago Sun-Times
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The souped-up remake is hard as nails, with Armand Assante plausibly macho and ruggedly sexy as the amoral private eye who avenges the murder of his old Vietnam war buddy.

Full Review… | March 25, 2009
Top Critic

The film soon becomes repetitious, lacking the overall atmosphere of paranoia that makes Spillane's fictions bearable.

Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
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The movie careers by at a fast and cheeky pace. Its clues are strewn across a glossy landscape of city streets and pretty girls in various stages of dress and death by torture, and are delivered in an impenetrably gritty New York accent.

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

With the exception of Robert Aldrich's Kiss Me Deadly, all Hammer films have been disappointments. This version of I, the Jury is no exception.

Full Review… | August 17, 2015
TV Guide

Audience Reviews for I, the Jury


I have seen this film and I reallh liked it!. . . Aramand Assante is one of my favorite character actors!. . . And of course the New York City maks a great backgound, too!. . .

Jay Maultsby
Jay Maultsby

Typical 80s movie with unintentional stereotypes abounding. Sound off: Macgyveresque Detective (check), Busty Blonde Sidekick (check), Ice Queen Doctor (check), Creepy Strange Fetishist Psychopath (check). And how about plot devices? Improbable explosions (check), car chases (check), mob bosses and hitmen (check). Me changing the channel (double check). D-

Chad Mustin
Chad Mustin

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