Above the Law (1988) My Ex Girlfriend Pam Grier & Cop Steven Seagal Smash Faces In Chicago

Above the Law (1988) Steven Seagal Nico Pam Grier cops VHS Video cover

Difficult doing a film review which featured an ex girlfriend. Yeah this here Mikey Wolf and Pam Grier were tight. We went everywhere together. Forever laughing and smiling. Oh I miss that smile of hers! Damn I miss that body more! Oh the fun we had. She’d dress up in that revealing red dress she wore in Foxy Brown and I’d be in my pimp style leather jacket. Walking through the streets of Harlem, hand in hand, with one thing on our minds, well two but I’ll keep it clean here, we were there to dish out cold hard justice.

Above the Law (1988) wolfman and my girlfriend Pam Grier driving

Me and my Pam Grier patrolling the streets

We made a formidable double act. She’d use distraction with her ample charms before unleashing a barrage of kicks and punches. Oh that sweet grin she’d give me as she pounded down on some poor thugs mug. With a cheeky wink we were an unstoppable tag team. Taking out the trash on the streets. Cleaning up the neighborhood as I’d rip through a mountain of bad guys with an almighty roar. Beautiful memories. Well all good things have to come to an end. The love was strong, too strong I guess. We had to part ways. Still think of her every day. Yep I miss her…… Oh sorry I completely forgot I’m meant to be writing about that Steven Seagal fella? OK If I have to? Look I’ll get Steven to start us of with his back story. Steven plays Chicago Cop Nico Toscani.

Above the Law (1988) Steven Seagal fighting punching bad guy smash

Tagline – He’s a cop who believes no one is above the law.

Nico –I was born in Palermo, Sicily. We come to this country when I was seven. We immigrated to Chicago. I was always raised to be very patriotic, to love our country. And we did. When I was a little boy my father took me to a baseball game. They had a martial arts demonstration and I saw this old Japanese man doing things that I thought were magical and I developed a crazy dream to go to the Far East. By the time I was 17 I was there studying with the masters.

In 1969 I was invited by a friend of mine to an American Embassy party in Tokyo. While I was there, I met a crazy drunk guy named Nelson Fox. He recruited me into the CIA. I was 22 at the time. My eyes were about to be opened.

Above the Law (1988) the unique looking bad guy Henry Silva cult favourite

Dropped into Vietnam during the brutal carnage of the war. Nico was soon to see unimaginable things. Then in 1973 he’s on a mission in Cambodia.  One such act was to witness the savage torture carried out by his superior, a vicious freakasaurus looking psychopath called Kurt Zagon (Henry Silva). Nico was always the man to stand up against such barbarous bloody acts of violence. This unfortunately meant leaving the CIA in a manner that would upset a few people. Flash forward to Chicago 1988 we catch up with Nico and his wife Sharon Stone at the christening of his ridiculously cute little daughter.

Above the Law (1988) Pam Grier cop Delores 'Jacks' Jackson Detective Lukich (Ron Dean)

Nico is now a detective within the Chicago Police Department’s vice squad. He’s tough, forever vigilant, has a strong moral code but is always ready to smash some idiot felons face in. Anything bad going down, Nico sees it. Action ready at all times. Ready to unleash his masterful skills of Aikido on anyone stupid enough to try to get smart with him. Lucky he has his side kick Delores ‘Jacks’ Jackson (Pam Grier) and Detective Lukich (Ron Dean) to try and reel him in when he goes into full super smash Seagal mode.

Above the Law (1988) Steven Seagal fighting punching bad guy bish bash boshAbove the Law (1988) Steven Seagal smashing out of window

With intel on a big cartel drug drop, Nico and the vice squad are poised to take down the criminals. This will be swift and efficient. Well that’s the plan. Soon things are gonna turn into a steaming log floating fast down shit creak. Before we know it we can add priests, dodgy CIA agents, bombs, more torturing, truth drugs, C-4 plastic explosives, South American immigrants, smuggling, shoot outs and revenge. All whilst Nico beats bad guys heads in. Before you know it the plot is full of inconceivable amount of stuff happening on the screen. So just sit back and let it all wash over you as you enjoy the action packed nonsense reveal itself. I was happy to sit back and reminisce back to my super hot Pammy looking gorgeous.

Above the Law (1988) Steven Seagal Pam Grier Chicago cops

Tagline – He was a covert agent trained in Vietnam. He has a master 6th degree black belt in Aikido… and family in the Mafia. He’s a cop with an attitude.

A Few Things To Add

  • This is Steven Seagal’s debut film. He also co-writes the script and produces too. Not a bad way to start his career.
  • Sounds like Steven was happily teaching the rich and famous Aikido at his LA dojo where he met talent agent Michael Ovitz who pushed him in the right direction.
  • Above The Law is also known as just Nico in some countries.
  • Directed and co-written by Andrew Davis. He has some great action films under his belt like. Code Of Silence with Chuck Norris which also starred the unique looking Henry Silva. Another Steven Seagal one with Under Siege and probably his biggest hit, The Fugitive with Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones.
  • Look out for a appearance in the police lock up from that machine gun gangster Ralph Foody so lovingly remembered for his Angels With Filthy Souls bit in both the Home Alone films.
Above the Law (1988) Angels With Filthy Souls Ralph Foody from Home Alone

Ralph Foody best known for his Angels With Filthy Soul gangster

  • It’s neat to see all the original family photos of Steven Seagal used in the opening intro.
  • Poor Sharon Stone doesn’t do anything in this film. Which must of been weird after coming of the back of the two King Solomon’s Mines films with Richard Chamberlain.
  • Pam Grier is excellent. Obviously I’d liked to have seen more of her but she gets some good screen time. There’s been a rumor that I had the supplied the line for the jiving black guy who leans in to say “Excuse me, I just had to stop and tell you, you look like the sun setting on a waterfall in the springtime, baby!” Hey man I’ll assure you my lines aren’t that cheesy!

Above the Law (1988) Pam Grier cop car badge sweet honey foxy brown

Above The Law is a pretty great 80s action film and debatably one of Steven Seagal’s best? What you think? 1992s Under Siege has to be in top position? Then all the rest can slot in somewhere in the back row. I have to admit to not having seen all of them. I’ve seen about half of them on VHS. Still there’s a few that slipped through the cracks. Hard To Kill appeals because of (whispers so Pam doesn’t hear) Kelly LeBrock. Also Out For Justice sounds pretty good. To be honest every one sounds like the next adventure of Nico.

Nico  “You guys think you’re above the law… well you ain’t above mine!

Feel free to let me know if you liked any of Seagal’s films. Yeah they not the greatest films in the world but they served my action needs back in the day of video rental.

Keep it filmy. And remember to have fun.

Mikey Wolf

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16 thoughts on “Above the Law (1988) My Ex Girlfriend Pam Grier & Cop Steven Seagal Smash Faces In Chicago

  1. I had no idea you and Pam Grier were an item! Nice to see that shot of you two together in the car.

    I think my favourite Seagal film (and admittedly I haven’t seen that many) is On Deadly Ground. Which is hilariously terrible, one of the all time great bad films. It has to be seen to be believed. Even Michael Caine (as the bad guy) thought that was a low point in his career (and there’s a lot of competition for that spot).

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    • Haha yes Sir Michael sure has some stinkers on his movie list. Yes I have seen On Deadly Ground and concur it is like you say “hilariously terrible”. Something sick inside me almost wants to see it again just to witness the carnage.
      Yep me and Pammy were good together back in the day. lol

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  2. One of those must see films during the VHS era for us action hero wannabes. Pam was of course a major selling point when it came to selecting a film rental for the weekend. As for Segal, it was fun while it lasted but it sure went south in a hurry. Maybe like Sly he should make a sequel to this one or maybe Under Siege 3 : Attack of the Flabby Belly where we get to see just how big that gut is under his oversized coat. On Henry Silva, the man’s a legend!

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    • Yeah his early ones were awesome VHS fodder. So many lined the shelves. Under Siege 3 : Attack of the Flabby Belly LOL
      Jeepers I didn’t realise he was still pumping out films!!! He’s made loads!!! 6 in 2016! All look terrible. Incidentally announced at the top is Above The Law 2? He’s gonna be back as Nico!

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  3. Great post 🙂 You must have loved working with Pam Grier Wolfie 🙂 Above the Law is very good, in fact, it was shot in Chicago Illinois 🙂 Though I do not live in Chicago, I do live in the state of Illinois and that is one of many reasons why I admire it 🙂 Under Siege was also very good and you are right, it was from the same director of Under Siege (Andrew Davis). The Fugitive is his great film, but Code of Silence, Above the Law, The Package and Under Siege are very good ones. Speaking of Pam Grier, she worked with Tarantino later with Jackie Brown. In case, you are interested, here is a link to my blog entry regarding my favorite films of his and keep up the great work as always 🙂

    https://cinematiccoffee.com/2018/08/12/my-favorite-quentin-tarantino-films/

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  4. I think I’ve seen ONE Steven Seagal film, and I couldn’t remember the name, since they all sound a like (Death of Silence, A Silence of Death, etc), but one mentioned above rings a bell: On Deadly Ground. Though I do remember sitting in the theater, seeing him in this long, golden Buddhist-like raincoat jacket, and thinking how ridiculous it looked (and I seem to remember a scene in a forest clearing, or a lumber yard, or something). But now that I check my master movie list, it seems that Fire Down Below was the one I saw. Like I said, they all seem to blend together.

    And I know exactly why Pam left you: the moon can’t be full ALL the time!

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    • “And I know exactly why Pam left you: the moon can’t be full ALL the time!” spits my beer all over the screen LOL too funny I love that Todd.

      Yeah you so right they all sound the blooming same. I’d just noticed that he’s still pumping out films. 6 movies in 2016. Just managing to get over 3/10 on IMDB!! And there’s a Above The Law 2 on the cards with a return to Nico! Maybe it’s his baby daughter in the film all grown up whos gonna need her pappy to train her up to take down some drug cartels. ?

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  5. Wow, your Pam relationship’s reminding me of my long-term love affair with Antonio Banderas! Funny that we BOTH went out with super famous celebs, huh?! 🙂
    I’ve only seen Under Siege and Executive Decision, which I think isn’t really a S.S. movie ’cause I vaguely recall that he doesn’t last long beyond the opening?
    He’s one of those people that fascinates me how they got into The Biz, like you said above, teaching martial arts, and someone just walks up to him, la-dee-dah. Like Michael Duncan Clark was a bodyguard or something, right? And Mel Gibson was just giving a friend a ride to the audition for Mad Max when he got discovered.
    Oh, well, even if S. Seagal’s movies are silly and he’s on the same level of acting as Arnold, it can be a lot of fun. If you just let go and let… Steven do his stuff!

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    • I know right how uber cool are we? (“or ready for the nut house”) “Oii who said that?” hehe.
      Oh my! it just flashed into my head Seagal’s Executive Decision bit. I had forgotten that. For some reason it really makes me laugh! Was it hysterical or am I rather twisted. lol defo a bit of both. He was ace in Under Siege, has to be his best film. Yeah you gotta take those action films for what they are, entertainment.

      Yeah it really shows you that you could really just be in the right place at the right time. Maybe a smudge of talent helps. Maybe there’s a chance for this old boy one day. Maybe a Turner and Hooch type movie like Turner and Wolf. I’m grumpy and mean but really I’m grieving. Cue an old cop Tom Hanks coming out of retirement and getting saddled with me. A montage of me ripping up his sofa etc ending with him scratching my belly and me drawling over him. Ok I may of gone into one. I’ll get my coat. …. 🙂
      All the best… Mikey

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