DirectorGreydon Clark Music directorDavid Bell Duration CountryUnited States
Release dateMay 1985 (USA) CastJoe Don Baker, Rossano Brazzi, Patrizia Pellegrino, Venantino Venantini, Helena Abella Similar moviesThe Last Witch Hunter, Fish Tank, Factory Girl, The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things, At the Edge of the Abyss, Jupiter Ascending
Final justice trailer 1985
A Texas deputy sheriff (Joe Don Baker) escorts a killer (Venantino Venantini) to Italy but only gets to Malta, where the killer escapes.
Final Justice is a 1984 film starring Joe Don Baker and directed by Greydon Clark. It follows the exploits of a Texas sheriff who overturns a Maltese city to find the mobster who killed his partner. The film was lampooned in a 1999 episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000. Now infamous for its poor quality, it is among the lowest rated movies on IMDb.
Due to his violent past, Deputy Sheriff Thomas Jefferson Geronimo III (Joe Don Baker) has been transferred to a rural outpost. When two thugs kill the sheriff, Geronimo shoots one of them, and the other vows revenge. Unfortunately for Geronimo, that thug turns out to be a mob boss, and the court orders Geronimo to extradite him back to his home in Sicily. When their plane is hijacked, the adversaries find their roles reversed.
Joe Don Baker plays Texas sheriff Thomas Jefferson Geronimo III. His partner, the former sheriff, is killed by an Italian mobster. He finds the criminal, a man named Joseph Palermo, and escorts him back to Europe, only to lose him in the capital city of Valletta in Malta. He rejects the assistance of local law enforcement and pursues Palermo himself. A cat-and-mouse game follows, with car chases, gunfights, fistfights and boat chases.
Mystery Science Theater 3000
The film was featured in the eighth episode of MST3Ks tenth and final season. It is the second Joe Don Baker film to be riffed on MST3K, following Mitchell, to which a few references were made in this episode.
The version of the film used in the MST3K episode contains a very prominent editing mistake. Early in the film when the sheriff (played by director Greydon Clark) dies, there is a shot of the partner getting killed and collapsing to the ground. Moments later, the exact shot is repeated. This error only appears in a television print, and the original Vestron release does not contain this mistake.