Above the Law

Synopsis: In Japan, the Sicilian martial arts expert Nicolo "Nico" Toscani is recruited by the CIA Special Agent Nelson Fox to join the Special Operations Forces in the border of the Vietnam and Cambodia. In 1973, Nico witnesses the torturer Kurt Zagon interrogating prisoners of war and he is disgusted and quits the CIA, returning to Chicago. Fifteen years later, Nico is married with a baby with his wife Sarah and they live in the same house of his mother. Nico is a tough and incorruptible narcotics detective of the Chicago Police Department very close to his partner and friend Delores 'Jacks' Jackson and his friend Detective Lukich. When Nico and Jacks investigate a drug traffic operation, they arrest the gang of the drug dealer Tony Salvano but they find that they are smuggling the plastic explosive C4 instead. However there is an interference of the FBI and Salvano and his partner are released by FBI Agent Neeley (Nicholas Kusenko) and the detectives are forbidden of proceed with the investig
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Director(s): Andrew Davis
Production: Warner Home Video
Rotten Tomatoes:
99 min

Ripped for BackUp from DVD

I was born in Palermo, Sicily.

We came to this country when I was seven.

We immigrated to Chicago.

We were 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, there was 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.

My friends, let me make one thing clear:

This is a nation of laws.

And as Abraham Lincoln had said:

No one is above the law,

no one is below the law."

And we're going to enforce the law!

And Americans should remember that,

if we are to have law and order!

You ever seen

chemical interrogation before?

These a**holes are Agency?

We all get paid by the CIA.

But these guys are from a page

that ain't even in the book.

Don't die on me, you sucker!

What the hell's wrong?

This p*ssy, he just can't hold his liquor.

Doc, he's dead.

Get him the f*** out of here.

- Move it. Let's go.

- Come on!

- Get him out.

- Get him out of here.

So, my little doctor bag doesn't scare you?

I'm not scared.

You speak English.

How nice.

Where's the load, Colonel?

I'm gonna teach you never...

...never to f*** with my opium.

Oh, boy.

He's a hard one, Doc.

You took it from the French,

you took it from the Chinks.

And you'll be damned

if a Yankee's going to start you talking.

But you're gonna sing for me.

You're gonna sing like a choir!

What does this have to do

with military intelligence?

Who the f*** is this cherry?

Your orders, Toscani,

were to assist and observe.

Just back off, partner.

I'm gonna start cutting you off

at the ankles.

Then I'm gonna take your feet

and throw them right in the basket.

Cute, huh?

Shut up, Nico.

Look, I can make you disappear.

Grab his leg.

- What the hell are you doing, man?

- Nico!

You think you're soldiers?

You're f***ing barbarians!

Get out!

Get back to the LZ.

If I don't cap him now,

he's gonna do me later.

I'll call a chopper in for us. I'll cover this.

Just get the hell out of here!

Come on, move!

Bring him back here!

Nobody move! Everybody stay

on that damn porch!

Go, Nico!

Nelson, I'm through. I'm finished!

Nicola, Sara,

what name do you give your child?

Giuliano Nicola.


...you have become a new creation.

With the help of your family and friends...

...we bring your Christian dignity


...into the everlasting life of heaven.

- Come on. You always make me late.

- I'm the boss. You have to drive me!

I'll trace the sign of the Cross

upon your forehead...

...and I invite your parents to do the same.

In the name of the Father, the Son...

...and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Look at him. He's such a good baby.

That's beautiful.

- I know you're the boss but...

- That's right. Remember that.

Hi, guys.

Hey, how are you?

You guys look so good!

We haven't done anything.

We're clean. Some of us, anyway.

Well, Lieutenant, eight more days

and you're gonna miss me.

Parts of you, anyway.

You see this cop?

This one. This one here.

She could bust me anytime.

Look at that! Look at that!

- This is the partner?

- This is the partner.

I got dressed up because

you told me you were wearing a tux.

You look fabulous.

She goes to work looking like this?

This girl, sometimes she comes

in just lingerie.

Don't tell our secrets. She's never gonna

let you out with me again.

I told you guys to have a good time,

but take it easy, will you?

Toscani holds the record

for having more relatives...

...under federal indictment

than any other cop in the city.

Look at those stiff d*cks.

A free meal and they come out like flies.

Hey, you greaseball bastards!

Didn't we buy that monkey once?

Rosa, I'm so worried. So worried.

- What's wrong?

- Nico!

Isn't today a day you should be happy?

- What's wrong?

- It's Lucia. She's gone again.

- Is it that boy?

"- S", Nico.

I have to go to work right now.

You gonna be at the bakery later?


I'll come by the bakery and we'll talk.

Maybe I can do something.

Thank you, Nico. Thank you.

Lester, this is Unit 10, Tango-X-ray.

We're up and clear. You got that?

Delores, Toscani told me he'll watch

over you and take care of you real good...

... your last week on the street.

Never had a friend who was a DA before.

I'm gonna take a piss and be right back.

- Here?

- Yeah.

She's fine, ain't she?

Excuse me, I just had to stop and tell you...

...you look like the sun setting

on a waterfall in the springtime.

And you got five seconds, and three are up.

You ain't got to be...

Lady cops need boyfriends, too, you dig?

But you have a nice day, just the same.

Nothing but trouble coming

in my place tonight.

I know this one.

You seen this girl?

I ain't seen sh*t.

You haven't seen this girl?

Hey, Schifo, how you doing?

- You seen this girl?

- You know I quit messing with that stuff.

- I ain't into this sh*t anymore.

- What are you into?

Why don't the f***

you a**holes leave me alone?

- I paid your boy off Monday night.

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