Out For Justice

6.11 h 31 min1991X-RayR
Steven Seagal stars as a Brooklyn cop who ruthlessly pursues the drug dealer accused of murdering his best friend in this hard-edged action thriller.
John Flynn
Patrick BreenWilliam ForsytheJerry Orbach
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Jo ChampaShareen MitchellSal RichardsGina Gershon
Patrick BreenArnold Kopelson
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Ars Gratia ArtisReviewed in the United States on May 26, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Story? What story? We don't need no stinking story.
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Segal is not a great great actor. Hell, he's not even a good actor, but he is an awesome action star! Action movies don't need good acting. They don't even need good plots. They need great action stars that can deliver an epic beat down for the camera. Segal can do that like few others.
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JimReviewed in the United States on August 6, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
I washed it and my kids watched it and we both thought it was so entertaining and in some ways so bad that it was awesome
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This gets five stars because it’s so hilariously over the top and close shade. I washed it and my kids watched it and we both thought it was so entertaining and in some ways so bad that it was awesome.

For example, Steven Seagak’s attempt at Italian Brooklyn New York speaking accent is so bad that it’s nonstop laughable during the entire movie.

The fight scenes are typical fantastic choreography and visuals.’s

After seeing this movie at least someone in your household will spend the next week with random outbursts of “has anybody seen Richie ? Heh? Nobody’s seen Richie ?!”
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TDReviewed in the United States on November 9, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
I've Seen Ritchie
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This has got to be the pinnacle of Seagal's masturbatory slide into a teeny tiny universe of his own creation. The violence is so inexplicably over the top that you can't help but laugh at it as it just gets dumber and dumber.

And let us not forget that this is the film during which Seagal challenged anyone on the set to try and choke him out. And lost. To an absolute legend old enough to be his father who choked him out so hard, Seagal shat himself in front of the whole crew.
Jimmy LeeReviewed in the United States on February 21, 2011
5.0 out of 5 stars
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If only law enforcement could actually handle a detective like Gino, my God this world would truly be a safe and secure place. (I'll wallow in my fantasy dreams later, but for now understand this)

The 80's and 90's brought us action aficionados just what we wanted: Real men with real purposes; Real firepower with real edge; Real villains with real persuasion; but most importantly, great entertainment and everlasting memories. I am happy to say that my first exposure to a Steven Seagal film was this true masterpiece (well, in my humble opinion) Out for Justice. It is important to remind you that my expectations for this film were severely hyped and inflated by a friend but he eventually stopped talking and let Seagal do the talking instead, or more plainly spoken, let the wreckage and destruction begin.

The plot couldn't be more simple than a true and false question:

Gino (Seagal) is an NYPD detective from Brooklyn who does not, and I repeat does not hesitate for a split second; he is simply instinct, and my oh my does he have a beautiful and charismatic way of expressing it. After Gino's close partner friend, Bobby Lupo, (The name is poetic to my ears) is killed in public by a crazed and unbalanced lunatic Richie (William Forsythe) things get a little personal to say the very least.

Gino is not only out for justice now, but is out for just about anybody that subsequently impedes his path to finding and killing Richie (Even the mob). Richie was the childhood enemy that everyone in Brooklyn couldn't stand, but now there's a bigger problem. Richie is still unlikable as ever and now he has developed a crack/cocaine addiction that is only exacerbating his already unstable mentality. Unfortunately for Richie, Segeal is not the only one after his blood, but the Italian mob is too after Bobby's blood was shed in front of a mob owned restaurant. I think it is appropriate to leave up to the rest of one's curious imagination what exactly happens to Richie and how far his addiction takes him.

Within the first 5 minutes of the film actions fans will be cordially welcomed to find out how well taken care of they are when Seagal goes toe to toe with a pimp whose outfit is just as bad as his small and puny frame. Without getting into too much detail and most importantly, without over hyping this scene, this is probably one of the greatest introductions I have ever appreciated in action history; moreover, it is highly masculine and testosterone driven that comes off very raw too in some ways. On a different note, I feel as though the film's true nature and dark tone is exposed in greater depth when Richie randomly kills a woman after she honks her horn at him to move out of the way. Richie's incredibly unbalanced character along with his zero empathy for life is quite unsettling. His edginess and sheer lack of compassion is enough to send one to grip their seat as even Richie's accomplices have difficult coping with his drug induced psychotic nature . The dark music score by David Michael Frank only reinforces Riche's exceedingly perilous killing spree and not to mention adds a very nice touch to the theme.

Thankfully, Gino understands crime and the nature of Richie all too well and couldn't possibly express this emotion more accurately in the way he handles and ultimately eliminates criminal trash. Seagal for lack of a better term, is utterly relentless in this film. Gino's firepower and disregard for danger is fueled by revenge and this revenge leads him to the final showdown against Richie that is impossible to forget because it is so choreographed to perfection. Seagal is simply as ruthless as Richie's addiction. Gino's natural fuel of persistent revenge is absolutely no match for Riche's artificial and short lived cocaine high. This is only reaffirmed when Gino admonishes Richie that it's a shame that he is all out of bullets because " those bullets could of saved him a lot of pain", and boy was Gino not exaggerating with those words.

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H. BalaReviewed in the United States on June 6, 2009
4.0 out of 5 stars
"Don't be a bad guy. Be a nice guy."
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Nowadays, in looking back at Steven Seagal in his earlier films, when he was at his remorseless aikido-smiting best, I tend to shake my head and mutter half-hearted curses at the waste of the guy (and now the waist of the guy). Seagal really should have had more crunching big screen action flicks under his belt. His first five films ([[ASIN:B000E0WJLE Above the Law/Hard to Kill]], [[ASIN:6305168873 Marked for Death]], OUT FOR JUSTICE, [[ASIN:0790732238 Under Siege]]) were grab-you-by-the-sack thrillers. But then I guess his stiff non-acting, the habitual sameness of his roles, and his indulging in groan-inducing environmental movies finally caught up with him, and so his film career went crapcakes. Still, I remember how entertaining his early years in Hollywood were - how, in movies like 1991's OUT FOR JUSTICE, Steven Seagal showed real promise as an action star.

Keep in mind that, when popping in a Seagal opus, elements such as professional acting and multi-layered plotting are kind of discreetly swept under the rug. Seagal never was, is, or ever will be a good actor (but he makes up for it by being a good eater). We tune in to his stuff to check out the down and dirty fight scenes, to see just how brutal the guy can administer his smackdowns. Except that that was back then, when Seagal looked much more impressive, years younger, shed of a boatload of pounds, and not yet inclined to substitute his action-unfriendly elephant girth for stunt body doubles.

In OUT FOR JUSTICE Seagal plays Italian-American Detective Gino Felino of NYPD Narcotics. Gino is one of those loose cannon cats who in real life would probably be a head ache and a half to their supervisors. Of course, in this one, when Gino finds out that his partner and best pal had just been gunned down in broad daylight, he offhandedly asks his chief for an unmarked car and a shotgun - and promptly gets it. So off Gino goes on a vendetta-soaked seek and destroy hunt for crazed killer Richie Madano ("Anybody seen Richie?"). And that's pretty much the movie. There's some piddling asides thrown in, such as the local mob lord getting antsy because the crazed killer is being associated with his wise guys and, also, Gino adopts a puppy he liberates from a tied-up bag (although he then ends up leaving the dog in the car for much of the movie). In an attempt to add some color and background to his character, Seagal has Gino occasionally waxing nostalgic about his neighborhood but, sucks to say, these moments merely serve to slow the film down to an agonizing crawl.

No, there's not much in the way of redeeming values in OUT FOR JUSTICE. The acting is B-movie worthy, even if there's a smattering of recognizable names (Jerry Orbach, Gina Gershon and a pre-ER Julianna Margulies). As mentioned, the plot is shallow. A caution to the gentler souls, that eff-bombs are dropped with reckless abandon. And, if you're an Italian-American, Seagal's performance sets you guys further back than The West Side Story, in terms of stereotype. As expected, the film's rewards lie in its action sequences. There are four action set pieces - five, if you count an early pimp thrashing. Steven Seagal does his patented scowl, clenched jaw and steely glare schtick as he takes out assorted thugs and hoods in, let's see, a butcher shop, a pool hall, in his soon-to-be divorced wife's apartment, and in the murderous wackjob Richie Madano's temporary hideout. The better beatdowns take place in the butcher shop and, especially, in the pool hall (think Eddie Murphy in that bar scene in 48 HOURS, only more intimidating), and this is because Seagal makes full use of his aikido skills. Let's face it, there's just more satisfaction drawn from applying a hands-on approach when pummeling a goon. But, after those first two venues, Seagal opts to go more with his firearms, which isn't as electrifying.

In the So Shameful It's Fun Department, check out OUT FOR JUSTICE also for Seagal's spouting dialogue in Italian, for Seagal again running in that sissy style of his, and for Gino's dubious wardrobe (a beret? Dude, really?). Ending on a good note now, it's cool to hear one of my favorite Beastie Boys cuts ever "No Sleep Till Brooklyn." And, for some reason, Seagal's advice to one assailant in the butcher shop made me laugh: "Don't be a bad guy. Be a nice guy." See, occasionally, Seagal's movies do dispense words of wisdom. Steven Seagal and Aesop, it's like they're twins.

I know I've kind of bagged on this film, but I actually like it a lot. Let's say, to the tune of 3.5 out of 5 stars. This was when Steven Seagal actually looked believable as a smiter of men, and in OUT FOR JUSTICE, I really liked his cocky Brooklyn attitude (complete with the cheesy Brooklyn accent) and he even has some solid one-liners. But, unfortunately, there are reasons why he's been consigned to straight-to-video hell.
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MichaelReviewed in the United States on October 8, 2008
4.0 out of 5 stars
"Justice" Was Served, And It Was Brutal
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As far as showing what a tough guy Steven Seagal can be, "Out for Justice" is without a doubt our hero's most intense and violent offering to date. You want Seagal to impress you? - let him put on his beret and start blowing peoples' limbs off with a shotgun. To simplify it, "Justice" is the more vulgar version of [[ASIN:6304779089 Above the Law]], with Seagal forgetting about family and friends in favor of some of his meanest action ever. If nothing, this film reminds us why Seagal is an adult's action hero, and thus effectively puts the actor's overweight, Zen-spouting personas to shame with his most no-nonsense show yet.

When policeman Bobby Lupo is gunned down in broad daylight on a shopping street by drug dealer Richie Madano (William Forsythe, [[ASIN:B00005RDRI The Waterdance]]), Det. Gino Felino (Seagal) convinces the authorities to let him hunt down Madano on his own, on account of having known both the killer and the victim since childhood. So begins the hunt of a lifetime, with Gino taking on anybody who gets in his way as he attempts to murder Madano, who's killing impartially in a drug-induced rage.

As said before, the action is a bloody success - quite literally: Seagal nails an opponent's hand to the wall with a meat cleaver, knocks a guy's teeth out with a cue ball in a sling, and scores a kill with a wine opener to the head. Not enough? - well, bank on the scene where he blows off a man's leg with a shotgun to raise your eyebrows. Without flaunting it, nobody but hardened gore hounds will remain unfazed by the film's amount of violence. With that being said, the film is Seagal's first departure from using strictly aikido in his non-gun fights: there's a flip here and there, but mostly punch-kick. This doesn't mean that the hand-to-hand encounters are bad, but it's a bit disappointing for folks who were fascinated by the martial art. Still, there's a cool stick fight with Bruce Lee-protege Dan Inosanto to keep us wide-eyed.

This is probably Seagal's best attempt at acting - as in, creating a believable character and expressing emotion convincingly: Casey Ryback may be Seagal's most well-known character, but Gino Felino is the most expressive. True, it's mostly rage that's on display, but in no other film is Seagal quite as intimidating as when he sees red at the murder of his friend. Even before the following brawl, his scene in Vinnie Madano's bar (Anthony DeSando, "Ciao America") is Seagal at his most menacing.
Without wanting to make them out as any less stars than Seagal, the supporting cast does a fine job, as well: William Forsythe is the most hateable villain of any of Seagal's films, Jo Champa ([[ASIN:B000F1IO4I The Mesmerist]]) is realistically feisty, Julianna Marguiles ("ER") makes the very most of her limited screen time, and Jerry Orbach ("Law & Order") is simply Jerry Orbach.

However, if there is one thing to criticize, it's the story: since the film's tone and setting is so similar to the smart "Above the Law", it would have been nice to see a bit more brains behind the violence, rather than the simple motive behind the initial murder. Also, this is the film where Seagal begins the trend of pandering to his own character too much: aside from being an unstoppable killing machine (though he gets struck and shot once apiece - a record for Invincible Steven?), he enjoys espressos in the company of old-school dons and even has the heart to rescue an abandoned puppy. While the self-worshipping isn't nearly as bad as what fans would have to put up with on a movie-to-movie basis in the future, it keeps the picture from achieving greatness.

In all, this is one fiery feather in the cap of underrated genre-director John Flynn ([[ASIN:6303471617 Rolling Thunder [VHS]]], [[ASIN:B00008AOX2 Brainscan]]) and one of Seagal's very best flicks. I have no doubt that with a bigger-name cast, this would've preceded [[ASIN:0790732238 Under Siege]] as Seagal's most famous outing. Fans mustn't wait to purchase this; use it to introduce your blood-loving buddies to our hero.
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Sebastian SanjurjoReviewed in the United States on July 6, 2008
5.0 out of 5 stars
Has Anybody Seen Richie?
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I recall seeing this movie and Marked for Death for the first time on cable T.V. At the time I didn't notice it was censored; I actually thought both were Seagal's least violent films...but when I bought the DVD and re-watched it...let me tell you if I am asked which is the most Brutal Seagal movie I've seen I would say now that it's Out For Justice and Marked For Death. Both of them are two blood thirsty movies. This one in particularly is a guilty pleasure. The drug content and the violence is way over the top; especially the profanity, The "F" word is said 114 times through the movie. That's a WOW to me, and that's excluding the other hundreds of cursing that is spurred on to the screen.

The movie begins with a bang and ends with a bang. A no good criminal shoots an officer down in front of his wife and children. He leaves as if nothing happened. Seagal plays Gino, a cop, with an attitude, who knows this criminal very well; He knows he has no conscience and will do anything...And he is not kidding, there is a scene that I didn't see in the cable version, which caught me by surprise; I won't say what it is so you can take a look at it. Any how the man responsible for shooting this officer is a criminal named Richie Madano ( William Forsythe) He grew up with Gino,he was never a good sport. Now Gino is going out for justice in search of clues, and answers as to why Richie killed his partner in front of his wife and kid.

The best thing about the movie is Seagal, he may not be an extraordinary actor but he does a pretty darn good job here. Don't get me wrong Seagal is a good actor, just that his acting went down as he gained weight and got older. Here he gives his character a cockiness that is acceptable and enjoyable. Also the fight in the bar is classic "Has Anybody Seen Richie? ...Gosh it's beautiful. Definitely worth owning.

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Yin&Yang CoupleReviewed in the United States on March 19, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
It’s a classic and still better than most of today’s movies.
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Seen it on VHS back when, so you know I love this movie. Old classic but still great. His best movie in my opinion hands down. I still don’t know why he wore the beret.
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