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Above the Law 1988 No one younger than 18 may see an 18 film in a cinema.

Adults should be free to choose their own entertainment. Exceptions are most likely in the following areas:

  • where the material is in breach of the criminal law, or has been created through the commission of a criminal offence
  • where material or treatment appears to us to risk harm to individuals or, through their behaviour, to society. For example, the detailed portrayal of violent or dangerous acts, or of illegal drug use, which may cause harm to public health or morals. This may include portrayals of sadistic violence, rape or other non-consensual sexually violent behaviour
  • which make this violence look appealing; reinforce the suggestion that victims enjoy rape or other non-consensual sexually violent behaviour; or which invite viewer complicity in rape, other non-consensual sexually violent behaviour or other harmful violent activities
  • where there are more explicit images of sexual activity in the context of a sex work (see right) In the case of video works, which may be more accessible to younger viewers, intervention may be more frequent than for cinema films.


Above the Law
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 99 minutes (1 hrs 39 mins)
UK release date UK release: 19th November 1988
 BBFC Age Rating:  18 age rating
US release date US release: 22nd April 1988
Andrew Davis
Steven Seagal
Nico Toscani
Pam Grier
Delores 'Jacks' Jackson
Henry Silva
Kurt Zagon
Ron Dean
Detective Lukich
Daniel Faraldo
Tony Salvano
Sharon Stone
Sara Toscani
Miguel Nino
Chi Chi Ramon
Nicholas Kusenko
FBI Agent Neeley
Joe Greco
Father Joseph Gennaro
Chelcie Ross
Nelson Fox
Gregory Alan Williams
FBI Agent Halloran
Jack Wallace
Uncle Branca
Metta Davis
Rosa Toscani
Joseph F. Kosala
Lieutenant Strozah
Ronnie Barron
CIA Bartender
Joe D. Lauck
Senator Ernest Harrison
Henry Godinez
Father Tomasino
Danny Goldring
Zagon's Aide
Thalmus Rasulala
Deputy Supt. Crowder
Gene Barge
Detective Henderson
Mike James
Officer O'Hara
India Cooper
Sister Mary, Sanctuary Nun
Michelle Hoard
Christopher Peditto
Alex, the Pimp
Rafael Gonzalez
Carlos Abandano, Cocaine Lawyer
Nydia Rodriguez Terracina
Bomb Woman
Cheryl Hamada
Ralph Foody
Federal Clerk
Vince Viverito
Alex Ross
Toni Fleming
Grandma Zingaro
Gene Hartline
Man in Bar
Tom Milanovich
Man in Bar
Dan Janecek
Man in Bar
Michael Rooker
Man in Bar
Lee de Broux
CIA Interrogator
Patrick Gorman
CIA Interrogator
Gary Goldman
CIA Interrogator
Le Tuan
Dennis Phun
Asian Prisoner
April Tran
Asian Prisoner
Chantara Nop
Cambodian Irregular
Al Rasho
Grocery Store Owner
Mike Coglianese
Branca's Bodyguard
Sandy Holt
Mike Nakayama
NEC Show Rep
Zaid Farid
Street Dude
Juan Ramirez
Machete Man
Mario Nieves
Man with Gun
Terry Stewart
Machete Man's Buddy
Anthony Cannata
Wiseguy Hitman
Lisa Tejero
Refugee Woman
Chris Karczmar
Refugee Man
John Drummond
TV Reporter
Clare Peck
Judge Roberta Alspaugh
Tom Muzila
Aikido Fighter
Craig Dunn
Aikido Fighter
Marc Katz
Aikido Fighter
Haruo Matsuoka
Aikido Fighter
David Banoso
Chef with Knife
Mark Boone Junior
Man in Window
Fred Degerberg
Bar Drunk
Tracy Frenkel
Dock Worker
Robert Minkoff
Richard Nixon
Himself - in Speech
Kristina Oster
Thi Kim Phuc Phan
Herself - Napalmed Young Vietnamese Girl
Timothy W. Tiedje
CIA Thug
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