Jake Speed (1986)

Genres - Action, Adventure, Thriller  |   Sub-Genres - Adventure Comedy  |   Release Date - May 30, 1986 (USA)  |   Run Time - 93 min.  |   Countries - USA  |   MPAA Rating - PG
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An adventure tale for movie buffs, Jake Speed deftly lifts scenes from detective films of the '40s through the '70s to bring an added dimension to its spoof of the detective and adventure genres. When a family gets word that their daughter has been kidnapped in Paris, her father comments that they should get "Jake Speed" to find her. However, Jake is a comic strip character, and the reaction is that he might as well ask for Batman. But lo-and-behold, the other daughter Margaret (Karen Kopins) gets a message to meet Speed (Wayne Crawford) and his author, Remo (Dennis Christopher), and the men tell her they must go to Africa, where her sister is being held. After a certain amount of trial and error, they eventually find the nation where she's being held -- which happens to be in the middle of a revolution.

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white-slavery, adventurer, book, courage, kidnapping, mercenary, rescue, slavery, writing