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A cop who enforces his own brand of justice.
Joe Huff (Brian Bosworth) is a tough, loner cop with a flair for infiltrating dangerous biker gangs. The FBI blackmail Joe into an undercover operation that entails infiltrating "The Brotherhood" - a powerful Mississippi biker gang linked in the murder of government officials as well as dealing drugs with the mafia.
A dangerous motorcycle gang is raining hell on the streets of Mississippi. The only soul brave enough to tackle them head on is a rouge cop with his own brand of justice. Some might recognize him from his days playing in the NFL. Others might also remember him as a huge bust with an ego that makes Cristiano Ronaldo look humble. But to me he is simply known as The Boz and he is one badass motherfucker. Ritz Crackers. Super Market Armed Robbery. The first time you see The Boz. Lay's Classic Potato Chips. Slippery when wet. Extreme target practice. Exploding pontoon boat. Snickers Candy Bar. The Boz's headband would make Olivia Newton-John and Richard Simmons jealous. Who doesn't have…
If "Every film is a documentary of its own making" then this one leaves out that the cast had tickets to see Mötley Crüe on the day they were shooting the pitfight scene. It leaves out that after the director complained he was "seeing air" the stuntman who was fighting The Boz leaned into a punch more than he should have (The Boz did the right thing and sold the stuntman's Mötley Crüe ticket while the son-of-a-gun spent some time in the hospital). It also leaves out William Forsythe's odoriferous method acting, Lance Henrickson's Amazon biker wife-to-be, and the fact that they really trashed the Arkansas state capitol building (reportedly) resulting in the impeachment of the secretary of state. I guess it's not a very good documentary of its own making, but The Boz is still around so you can just tweet at him (@GotBoz44) and he'll verify these things.
"Take that fucking harmonica down to the parking lot, man!"
Brian Bosworth stars as Joe Huff, a lone wolf cop who fits aptly into the role of marauding meathead in order to infiltrate Lance Henriksen’s bad ass MC club ‘The Brotherhood’. These guys specialise in gun running, but they also excel in shooting, stabbing and blowing up the citizens of Mississippi for shits and giggles. Henriksen’s Sergeant at Arms is played here by the great William Forsythe, who instantly distrusts Huff (who changes his name to Stone Cold to ‘fit in’) and suspects him of being 5-0, but The Brotherhood take Stone Cold into the fold and Huff goes deeper and deeper undercover.
Stone Cold is my first Bosworth film although I do remember seeing his name pasted across some…
Standard (albeit surprisingly competent and with stellar stunt work) action trash beautifully elevated by a gleefully unhinged Lance Henriksen, who delivers lines like "take your fucking harmonica out in the parking lot" like only he can.
"This is either gonna be the biggest pork chop I ever ate, or my bulldozer" is something Lance Henriksen actually says in this film.
Everything I said in my previous LOLA MONTES review still applies here for the most part, just replace "circus" with "explosions" and "lavish sets" with "glass breaking". Once again, that final shot: wow.
I love it when you stumble across a film by accident and it turns out to be kind awesome. Makes up for all the times you do it and regret it after.
I was idly procrastinating doing an essay and reading about the NFL draft system (I've never even watched a full game, and despite my bro's best efforts can't really be bothered to get into it, like I said, I was procrastinating). Came across Brian Bosworth. 'The Boz' is one of the biggest sacks (read flop) in NFL history but he somehow starred in this after retiring. I love a good ol' 80's/90's actioner and found it on youtube as it's not available over here.
Anyway... basically it KICKS…
Strangely impressed by this early 90s action vehicle. The Boz should have been the next Stallone.
Great exploitation action film, starring football superstar Brian Bosworth. Great cast, including Lance Henriksen (in one of his best ever screen roles), and William Forsythe. The action is over the top, and there are tons of man and woman nipple shots everywhere in this. Brain Bosworth just might have bigger boobs than most of the women in this one. The final act "siege" sequence on the courthouse is worth the price of admission alone. If you like 90s action, seek it out.
A former stunt coordinator (Craig Baxley) behind the camera, a former NFL player (Brian Bosworth) in the lead role, a script from a writer for PEYTON PLACE; what could go wrong? Absolutely nothing. STONE COLD is a movie that shouldn’t be; it’s an exceptionally violent (it originally got an NC-17 for it) biker gang epic featuring gratuitous nudity (including pervasive male shirtlessness), Lance Henriksen as a baddie named Chains and explosions of everything: including the Ritz crackers.
Baxley made a name for himself (albeit a cult one) leading up to STONE COLD, thanks to ACTION JACKSON and I COME IN PEACE before landing himself in DTV jail for much of the 90s. Though the first two titles amply deliver, they…
As a Norwegian there is just no way you'd heard of an American footballer from the 80s, no matter how mal-adjusted he was. Brian Bosworth was just another guy from a VHS cover at the video store, as far as I was concerned.
Thanks to Letterboxd though, this film caught more than my eye, and I put it on my watchlist. Then I watched Action Jackson, and wouldn't you know it, this was from the same director. That made it almost too easy for me.
A couple of days later I was ready for what I now knew as The Boz, bolstered by a method-crazed William Forsyth and the reliable Lance Henriksen.
This turned out to be much more fun…
This is honestly one of the dumbest most nonsensical films I have ever seen. It exists in a world where social reasoning and the laws of physics have been replaced by masculinity. This is a movie where mobsters blow up a person with a grenade just because they saw him on the street. The person does not die.
You can tell there was a lot of money, ambition and hopes to make a box-office hit poured into this actioneer that falls under mullets&explosions category. Sadly, it completely lacks the charm that perhaps cheaper and less formulaic version of this film would have. Watched it as a part of Friday Nite Trash Delight Double Feature with my buddies, and sure there was plenty of laughs, but it was mean kind of laughs.
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