Taglines: He was only a private eye – but he wanted to be the judge and jury as well.
Mike Hammer investigates the death of his one-armed detective war buddy, from their Vietnam War days, Jack Williams (Frederick Downs), and is bent on revenge. Help comes from Hammer’s loyal shapely blonde secretary Velda (Laurene Landon) and his long-time pal and antagonist Detective Pat Chambers (Paul Sorvino).
The dick is also busy looking for a sicko switchblade wielding serial killer named Kendricks (Judson Scott), who has been programmed by the CIA and has a nasty attitude toward redheads. Eventually, after much mayhem, Hammer learns that he’s just being used as a pawn for both the FBI and the mob. Naturally, that pisses our man off–which leads to only more killing.
I, the Jury is a 1982 film based on the best selling detective novel of the same name by Mickey Spillane. The story was previously filmed in 3D in 1953. Larry Cohen wrote the screenplay and was hired to direct, but was replaced when the film’s budget was already out of control after one week of shooting. He was replaced by Richard T. Heffron.
The film begins with a James Bond-like teaser opening before the story begins. The plot involves two detectives: protagonist Mike Hammer (Armand Assante) and his one-armed friend, Jack Williams, who is discovered murdered. The plot also features a serial rapist and a sex therapy clinic headed up by Dr. Charlotte Bennett (Barbara Carrera). The plot contains elements not in the novel, such as government conspiracies and mind-control techniques by the CIA and the Mafia.
I, the Jury (1982)
Directed by: Richard T. Heffron
Starring: Armand Assante, Barbara Carrera, Laurene Landon, Alan King, Geoffrey Lewis, Julia Barr, Jessica James, Mary Margaret Amato
Screenplay by: Larry Cohen
Production Design by: Robert Gundlach
Cinematography by: Andrew Laszlo
Film Editing by: Garth Craven
Costume Design by: Celia Bryant
Set Decoration by: Jack Wright
Music by: Bill Conti
Distributed by: 20th Century Fox
Release Date: April 22, 1982