DirectorRichard T. Heffron Music directorBill Conti LanguageEnglish
WriterMickey Spillane, Larry Cohen Release dateApril 22, 1982 ScreenplayMickey Spillane, Larry Cohen CastArmand Assante (Mike Hammer), Barbara Carrera (Dr. Charlotte Bennett), Laurene Landon (Velda), Alan King (Charles Kalecki), Geoffrey Lewis (Joe Butler), Paul Sorvino (Detective Pat Chambers) Similar moviesSleepers West, I, the Jury, Time To Kill, Dressed to Kill, Resurrection, Black Magic
TaglineThe cops, the mob, the broads, everyone's after Hammer!
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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.
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According to screenwriter Larry Cohen, he was originally hired to direct but was fired after expressing his concerns to cast or crew over the producers running out of money. Cohen also claimed "We finished way ahead of them. They went way over budget and the company went bankrupt. They sold the picture at a bankruptcy sale." (Cohen didn't specify which production company went bankrupt.)
The film received mixed reviews. It was criticized for eschewing essential plot lines from the novel, in favor of nudity, violence and extended action scenes. Others complained that Assante was miscast as Hammer. However, a New York Times review of the film in 1982 written by Jennifer Dunning found the pulp film entertaining:
"Along the way there are spectacular chases and ingenious gore, including a water bed that oozes blood. It all ends with Hammer storming a booby-trapped hideaway, alone and without a gun, then slithering through a last little fillip of bloody romance. I, the Jury only aims to entertain. And who cares, with Mr. Assante around?"