Extreme Justice (film)

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Extreme Justice
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Mark L. Lester
Written byFrank Sacks
Robert Boris
Produced byFrank Sacks
Starring Lou Diamond Phillips
Scott Glenn
Chelsea Field
Yaphet Kotto
Andrew Divoff
Richard Grove
William Lucking
Ed Lauter
CinematographyMark Irwin
Edited byDonn Aron
Music by David Michael Frank
Distributed byTrimark Pictures
Release dates
  • May 5, 1993 (1993-05-05)(Philippines)
  • June 26, 1993 (1993-06-26)(United States)
Running time
96 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget$8 million

Extreme Justice is a 1993 American action thriller film directed by Mark L. Lester and starring Lou Diamond Phillips, Scott Glenn and Chelsea Field. Originally intended to be released theatrically in April 1993, Trimark Pictures cancelled its release due to the 1992 Los Angeles riots and shifted the film to air on HBO on June 26, 1993; the film was first theatrically released in the Philippines on May 5, 1993. [1]



After an incident where he used questionable police tactics, Jeff Powers (Lou Diamond Phillips) is placed on probation. Upon hearing of his probation, a friend from the force later invites Jeff to join the Special Investigation Section, an elite and highly secretive LAPD unit designed to track and shut down high profile criminals. Jeff discovers that the group is actually a group of rogue cops who actually function like an unofficially sanctioned death squad and are given wide latitude when it comes to dealing with criminals. Although their official mission is to surveil criminals and arrest them in the act of committing a crime, the squad often resorts to brutality and murder to dispatch the subjects they are supposed to arrest.

Jeff questions the purpose of the squad and begins to see them as more of a harm to society than a positive force for justice. When he tries to bring evidence of the squad's abuse of power, he learns that the squad is protected by well-connected and very influential people who already know and condone the squad's methods. Jeff's former teammates in the squad begin to suspect that Jeff has turned on them and decide to take measures to eliminate him before he can expose their activities to the public.


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