Above the Law

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Above the Law
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Movie Poster
Country Flag of the United States.jpg USA
Directed by Andrew Davis
Release Date 1988
Language English
Spanish
Studio Warner Bros.
Distributor Warner Bros.
Main Cast
Character Actor
Det. Nicolo 'Nico' Toscani Steven Seagal
Det. Delores 'Jacks' Jackson Pam Grier
Kurt Zagon Henry Silva
Detective Lukich Ron Dean
Tony Salvano Daniel Faraldo
Sara Toscani Sharon Stone
Nelson Fox Chelcie Ross
FBI Agent Halloran Gregory Alan Williams
Uncle Branca Jack Wallace


Above the Law is the 1988 action movie that launched Steven Seagal's movie career. In the film, Seagal stars as Nico Toscani, a Chicago cop with a CIA past and family in the Mafia who investigates the assassination of a local priest that may be part of a government conspiracy. The film (which was also released under the title Nico) was directed by Andrew Davis, who would also direct Seagal in Under Siege.


The following weapons were used in the film Above the Law:

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Handguns

Colt Government

Chicago Police Department Detective Nico Toscani (Steven Seagal) carries a Colt Government Model (Commercial M1911A1) as his main sidearm in the film. Steven Seagal owns and uses in real life several 1911s.

M1911A1 Commercial Model known as the "Colt Government Model" - .45 ACP. Note the blued finish, common for commercial variants.
Nico Toscani (Steven Seagal) fires his Colt Government during the shootout in the meat district.
Toscani holds his Colt after firing it at a suspect.
Toscani opens fire at an incoming vehicle. Note the nice high grip.
Toscani fires. Note the lack of flinching.

Colt Commander MK IV

After he returns home to get his wife and child out of the house, Toscani retrieves a bag containing several weapons, including a Colt Commander Mk IV. During the shootout in the meatpacking district, his Government changes several times to a Commander.

Colt Combat Commander - .45 ACP
Toscani firing a Colt Commander. This is a continuity error as he was using a Colt Government earlier.
Closeup of Toscani's Colt Commander as he takes it from his hidden bag of weapons.
The Commander is brass-checked. This is the old-school style of brass checking as seen in the film Thief and was also seen in Seagal's Under Siege.
Toscani handles his Colt Commander. Note "Colt MK IV" on the slide.

Beretta 92SB

Toscani uses a Beretta 92SB as he and Detective Lukich go to rescue the priest.

Beretta Model 92SB - 9x19mm (note rounded trigger guard and flat bottom magazine).
Toscani fires the Beretta during the rescue.
Toscani returns fires with his Beretta.
Toscani reloads his Beretta.
Holding the Beretta while on the elevated train.

Beretta 87 Cheetah

Toscani holds a Beretta 87 Cheetah when he confronts FBI Special Agent Neeley.

Beretta 87BB Pistol - .22 LR
Toscani holds a Beretta 87 Cheetah when he confronts FBI Special Agent Neeley.
Toscani with his Beretta Cheetah.

Heckler & Koch P9S

The Heckler & Koch P9S is the pistol carried by Nelson Fox (Chelcie Ross) when he reunites with Toscani later in the film. Fox hands off his P9 to Toscani.

Heckler & Koch P9S - 9x19mm
Fox (Chelcie Ross) hands off his H&K P9 after he's hit.
Nico fires the H&K P9.

SIG-Sauer P220

When thugs shoot up his car with automatic weapons, Toscani draws his SIG-Sauer P220 on the men.

SIG-Sauer P220 1st Generation "American" model - .45 ACP
Toscani draws his SIG on the thugs who shot up his car.
Nico holds his SIG-Sauer P220 after shooting a thug.
Holding the SIG on the thugs.
Nico holds his SIG just before he drops it.

Revolvers

Charter Arms Bulldog (Stainless)

The Charter Arms Bulldog in a stainless steel finish is the handgun carried by drug dealer Tony Salvano (Daniel Faraldo).

Charter Arms Bulldog Pug Stainless Steel (from the Specialists Ltd) - .44 Special
Salvano fires his Charter Arms Bulldog Pug.
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Charter Arms Pug

Detective Lukich (Ron Dean) appears to carry the Charter Arms Pug.

Charter Arms Pug - .357 Magnum
Detective Lukich (Ron Dean) appears to carry a Charter Arms Pug as his sidearm.
Firing the revolver.

Dan Wesson Model 15

One of Salvano's thugs, Chi Chi Ramon (Miguel Nino) uses a Dan Wesson Model 15 during the meat market shootout.

Dan Wesson Model 15 - .357 Magnum
One of Salvano's thugs uses a Dan Wesson Model 15 during the meat market shootout.

Smith & Wesson Model 15

Detective Delores "Jacks" Jackson (Pam Grier) carries a 4” barrel Smith & Wesson Model 15. An FBI agent carries a Smith & Wesson Model 15 during the meat market shootout.

2” barrel S&W Model 15.
Detective Delores "Jacks" Jackson (Pam Grier) pulls a Smith & Wesson Model 15 during the meat market shootout.
An FBI agent carries a Smith & Wesson Model 15 during the meat market shootout.

Colt Python

Kurt Zagon (Henry Silva) wields a stainless steel six-inch barreled Colt Python .357 Magnum revolver during the garage shootout.

Colt Python Stainless Steel variant with 6" Barrel and Colt marked rubber combat grips - .357 Magnum
Zagon holds his Colt Python.
Zagon fires the Colt Python.

Submachine Guns

Heckler & Koch HK94

A Heckler & Koch HK94 chopped and converted is fired by several thugs throughout the film. The HK94 is fitted with a slimline handguard.

The "Fake MP5", the Heckler & Koch HK94A3 Converted to full auto fire, shortened barrel and added third firing position on trigger pack - 9x19mm. This version was used in many films during the 1980s and 1990s.
HK94 on the left.
The thugs on the near left and far right hold HK94's.
The HK94 is fired.

Shotguns

Mossberg 590

Toscani keeps a Mossberg 590 Cruiser with extended magazine tube and heat shield in his arsenal of weapons at home. He is seen handing it off to Det. Lukich. Zagon uses a standard-stock Mossberg 590, also with extended mag-tube and heat shield, in the apartment shootout during a shootout with Toscani's partner Delores "Jacks" Jackson (Pam Grier).

Mossberg 590 with pistol grip and heat shield - 12 Gauge.
Closeup of Toscani's Mossberg. Note the bayonet lug.
He is seen handing it off to Det. Lukich.
Mossberg 590 with bayonet lug, extended magazine tube and heat shield - 12 Gauge. The Military version has a subdued matte finish, either matte blued or parkerized.
Zagon also uses a Mossberg in the apartment shootout during a shootout with Toscani's partner Delores "Jacks" Jackson (Pam Grier).

Mossberg 500 Bullpup

One of the men sent to kill Toscani uses a Mossberg 500 Bullpup to shoot up the car.

Mossberg 500 Bullpup with 18.5" Barrel - 12 gauge
The hitman on the far left uses the Mossberg Bullpup.

Rifles

Norinco Type 56

One of the men sent to kill Toscani uses a Norinco Type 56 rifle to shoot up the car.

Norinco Type 56 (imported into the U.S. as the Norinco AKS-47 or AKS-47 Sporter) - 7.62x39mm. Rather than having the underfolder pig sticker bayonet assembly, this has the standard bayonet lug underneath the gas block as the AKM and later variants.
On the near right is the Norinco.
Rifle on the right.

Colt XM177 Commando

During their tour in Vietnam, both Toscani and Fox are seen carrying Colt XM177 Commando rifles. Another XM177 is seen in the hands of one of the gunman who shoots up Toscani's car.

XM177E2 Carbine aka Colt Model 629 aka - 5.56x45mm. This was the last variant of the XM177 rifle used in the Vietnam War.
During their tour in Vietnam, Toscani and Fox with XM177's.
The rifle is seen in the center.
Rifle seen in the center.
The gunman with his empty rifle.



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