The Frida Cinema

Orange County's Year-Round Film Festival

Action U.S.A.

Action U.S.A.

November 13th – November 26th 

VHS-era action, your mind detonates with fast cars, helicopter chases, profanity, nudity, cocaine-ity, fisticuffs, stolen diamonds, FBI agents, defenestration, shotgun castration, men on fire and Casio soundtracks — in 1989, daredevil-turned-filmmaker John Stewart squeezed all of the above into the most explosive, death-defying, bullet-riddled, grenade-launching, flame-broiled independent film in history!

Having cut his teeth handling stuntwork for such features as Neon Maniacs, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and Hard Rock Zombies, Stewart’s directorial debut tears out of the gates with a ferocity never seen before or since in the independent action pantheon. Under-appreciated character actor Gregory Scott Cummins — who’s played a greasy lowlife 167 times, and a good guy only twice — is a reluctantly heroic FBI agent tasked with keeping a witness safe after the mob murders her boyfriend. But the route back to federal headquarters is a non-stop barrage of bullets, blasts, and bodies, constantly raising the bar of inhuman wildness until the film’s final second. Don’t miss the insane 89-minute experience that is Action U.S.A. — unearthed and remastered by the American Genre Film Archive.

Directed by John Stewart | 1989 | 96 minutes | Not Rated | U.S. | English