Code of Silence (1985)

“You want to take on the whole world by yourself? Now you’re gonna get your chance, Cusack!”

Synopsis:
An honest Chicago cop (Chuck Norris) tries to protect a teenage girl (Molly Hagan) who is caught in the middle of her Italian family’s gang warfare with Colombian drugpins. In the meantime, Norris breaks the “code of silence” in his police force by testifying against a crooked fellow cop, and finds himself without backup.

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Response to Peary’s Review:
Chuck Norris’s “breakthrough” film (which, as Peary notes, got good reviews upon its release) is a surprisingly entertaining action flick with decent performances and fine production values. Interestingly, the title’s “code of silence” doesn’t even become an issue until more than halfway through the film, at which point it simply provides a convenient excuse for Norris to take on an entire gang of Colombians on his own. As Peary notes, Molly Hagan “is the picture’s real plus” — we genuinely care about this resilient young woman, who never asked to be caught up in her family’s fatal troubles.

Redeeming Qualities and Moments:

  • Molly Hagan as the young woman Norris is determined to protect
    Molly
  • Several scenes of unexpected humor — including one in which two utterly incompetent burglars attempt to hold up a police bar
    Bar Scene
  • Many excitingly choreographed action sequences
    Train
  • The toe-tapping synthesized “80s score

Must See?
Yes, simply to see Chuck Norris in what may be his finest film role (though I haven’t seen enough of his other movies to say for sure).

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