Direct Action

Synopsis: Frank Gannon, a veteran cop, is being hunted by his fellow police officers after they learned he has betrayed the brotherhood and exposed to the feds wide scale corruption of the LAPD. He has one day left to prove his case and survive.
97 min


[insistent doorbell]



[door closes softly]

[female scream and gunshots]


Agh. l wasn't

trying for more money.


Khalid Manseur

va spune buna ziua.


Spune la revedere.


[female scream

Priveste-ma-n ochi.

Te-ai speriat?

Ar trebui sa fii.



50 million and this

cockroach gets greedy,

can you believe it?


I know. What's

wrong with people?


F***. I don't know.

l'm starving. You hungry?


l can eat.



And all major routes

into the city are

running normally

we'll have a mostly sunny day

with a cloudy period for

the rest of the morning

and into the afternoon.

We've been talking about men.

What is it about men

who live alone, with this

morning's guest, Dr. Phyllis.

What is it about these

men and why do women

find them irresistible?


Well, Tony,

we're mostly talking

about a man who's strong,

who is up to himself

and doesn't have a woman

telling him what to do,

how to live or dress,

in truth, he may not

have a lot of female

companionship in his life.


Are you telling

us this man is

hard up for a date?


A man that

functions on his own?

That's attractive.


Many listeners

are men and are

driving in this morning,

l bet they'd like

to be driving in.

Alright. We're talking

about men with Dr. Phyllis,

we'II have more after this!


The future, and, uh,

what's in your crystal ball?


The days of the lone

Alfa male are numbered.

They're eventually conquered

and brought to their knees

by some lovely lady.

[both kids]

Uncle Frank! Uncle Frank!

Where have you got candy?


Oh, God.

l forgot it. l'm sorry.


Bobby! Katy!


Come on, we're late!


Hey, Frank.

Hey, how're

you doing?

Good to see you.

You know, this

is what you need.

A wife,

kids, even a dog

would do you good.

Forget it. He's

already married

to his job.


Even the dog.

l'll think

about that.

Hey, kids.

You heard your

mom. Let's go!


Let's get going.

We found them !


You found them?




Hey, kids.



How about me?

Do l get something?

What is it?

What is it?



How do you know?


Because we

looked in there!

Alright. There

you go. Want one?



Here. She'll make

a good detective.

[phones ring]


To protect and serve.

Lt. Webb here

lived by those

words for 20 years

with courage

and integrity,

one of this

city's finest.

there'll be

no more fixing

of any speeding tickets.


Aw, come on, cap!

You're gonna be a civilian,

no, so watch that lead

foot of yours.


Here you go!


lt's alright.


I hate to admit

it, but, uh

it's been

great serving

with all of ya.

Hey, Frank, thanks

for dressing up for

the occasion. l'm touched.

[all chuckle]




Guys, come on.


Okay, remember.

Tomorrow night, 7:00

o'clock, Marina Lounge.

Drink till ya drop.


That goes

for you, too, ladies.


Uh, Lt.

We got a little

surprise for ya.


Aw, come on, you guys.

[all applaud]


Yeah !

l got a wish.

l got a wish.



No, not that one.

[all chuckle]

[blows repeatedly]

[all chuckle]

Grimes, You won't be able

to button those pants if

you keep eating that cake.

l'm showing the Lt.

how much l care.

l'm a caring

kind of guy, Carter.


Yeah, l know that.


Hey, guys.

Hey, what happened?

Did somebody steal

your cake, sir?

Yeah, you did.

Change of plans, Frank.

Captain wants you

with a new partner.

A new partner?





Yeah, who

did l piss

off this time?

Uh, it's a new

Detective trainee. She's

here for a final two weeks

and an hour

late for the first

day on the job.


Hell of a way

to' start a new career.


She looks single

to me, Frank.


Officer Ross,

this is Grimes, Carter.



Your partner

for the day,

Sgt. Gannon.

Nice to meet you, Ross.

l'm sorry

l'm late,

l had a flat

and then my spare

was flat, you know.


Alright. So,

you ready?


Let's go.

See you guys.

So, you think

she'll make it?

50 bucks

says she does.



Wrong car.


You're on.

Probationary Detective.

So, you're in

for two weeks?

Yes, sir.

May l just say

what an honor it is

to ride with you, Sergeant?

15 years on the force,

highest arrest record

in the Department,

medal of valor. Twice!

l do my homework.

Well, that's terrific, Ross.

Want some gum, Ross?

No, l don't chew.

You don't know

what you're missing.

So, what's the plan?

Same as always.

Finish our shift

in one piece.

[voice over radio

Any available unit attend

to 29 Arlington for an 0-14.


Alright. Allen 10

We're responding.

[brakes screech

and siren]


[brakes screech]

[siren off]



What's going on?


Up there.

They want money

from the oId man.


Okay. Why

don't you guys

step over there? Good.

So, cover my back, Ross.

Got it.

(Thug 1 )

Where are you

going, a**hole?


Agh !

[loud music]

(old man)

My niece!

Don't touche her!



(Thug 2)

Get back!

[glass breaks]

(Thug 3)

Oh !

[glass breaks]

(Thug 1 )

Come on, a**hole.

You wanna play?

Come on.

[releases hammer]

You wanna apologize?

l'm sorry.

(Thug 2)



Did you hear him?

l'm sorry!

(Thug 1 )

Come on, let's go.

(Thug 2)

Oh, man.

(Thug 1 )

Shut up!

Have a nice day.

Sergeant, wait. Please.

l - l want you to meet my

beautiful niece, Adrianna,

say hello to the

Sergeant, my darling.

He protects

our neighborhood, makes

everybody feel safe.

Thank you.

Pleasure to meet you.

l'm sorry, uncle. l must go,

l'm really not feeling well.

(old man)

Wait, Adrianna,

come back! Wait!

Listen. Any problems,

give me a call. Okay?

Uh, later, later.

Come back later.

You should get to know her.

She's a very good girl.

Take care

of yourself.

Thank you.

Got your cuffs, Ross?


Look, l'm sorry

l really screwed

up back there.

l don't know what

happened, l mean,

it's Cop-10 1, right?

You cuff a guy and,

I don't know what

l was thinking.

lt's okay, Ross.

Don't worry about it.


lt's okay.

Okay. Thanks.

Can l ask you

a question, Sargent?

Yeah, sure.

That was

extortion back there.

Why didn't you

push the old man

to press charges?

And spend

all morning downtown

filling out forms?

l don't think so.


Yeah, l'll be there.

There's, uh, something

l gotta take care of.

You stay here.


Club and fries

are up. Pick up.

Hey, Frank.


You hungry? Want

something to eat? My treat.

No, l'm,

l'm good, good.

Sit down.



[clears throat]

[inhales and exhales]

You know, Frank,

We know.

You know?

You know what?


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Greg Mellott

Greg Mellott is best known for winning an Emmy for the film "Dream No Little Dream" on the life of Robert S. Kerr. Mellott was responsible for writing and directing the 2008 Emmy documentary. Mellott also wrote and directed "The Grand Energy Transition," a documentary on the book of the same name written by Robert Hefner III, which covers energy, natural gas, and his life story. Mellot works alongside Jackie Chan and David Chan, producer of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Mellott produced the 2016 internationally televised film Behind the Water with activist Fraser kershaw. more…

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