I, the Jury
I, the Jury (1982)

Larry Cohen wrote the screenplay to this updating of Mickey Spillane's notorious 1947 novel. Cohen was originally engaged to direct the film as well but was pulled from the director's chair after a week's worth of shooting… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: April 22, 1982
DVD Release Date: July 26, 1990
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Gary Arnold
Washington Post

Apart from Assante and the random effective bit player -- notably Frederick Downs, a Veterans Administration official who plays the first murder victim, Jack Williams -- the level of acting tends to be perilously amateurish.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

The film soon becomes repetitious, lacking the overall atmosphere of paranoia that makes Spillane's fictions bearable.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Like most other of Spillane's Hammer series put to celluloid it comes out well-short of the novel.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

I, the Jury is a violent private eye thriller, with a certain redeeming sense of style.

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Jennifer Dunning
New York Times

The movie careers by at a fast and cheeky pace. Its clues are strewn across a glossy landscape of city streets and pretty girls in various stages of dress and death by torture, and are delivered in an impenetrably gritty New York accent.

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

The central fault in this updating is Mike Hammer, whose character was lost in the shuffle while updating from the fifties to the eighties.

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Variety Staff

The souped-up remake is hard as nails, with Armand Assante plausibly macho and ruggedly sexy as the amoral private eye who avenges the murder of his old Vietnam war buddy.

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TV Guide

With the exception of Robert Aldrich's Kiss Me Deadly, all Hammer films have been disappointments. This version of I, the Jury is no exception.

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