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Zero Tolerance (1994)

Jeff is an FBI agent sent to pick up Ray Manta, a member of the White Hand drug cartel, from a Mexican jail. Manta escapes, and gets revenge by killing Jeff's family. Kowalski, another ... See full summary »


Joseph Merhi


Joe Hart (as Jacobsen Hart)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Patrick ... Jeff Douglas
Titus Welliver ... Ray Manta
Mick Fleetwood ... Helmut Vitch
Miles O'Keeffe ... Milton Kowalski
Kristen Meadows Kristen Meadows ... Megan
Barbara Patrick ... Wendy Douglas
Jeffrey Anderson-Gunter ... LaFleur
Gustav Vintas ... Lee
Jed Allan ... George Wells
Bill Hufsey ... Omar
Matthew Dunn Matthew Dunn ... Sol
Michael Gregory ... Gene Burbach
Shashawnee Hall ... Danny Gill
Maurice Lamont Maurice Lamont ... Gunther
Larry McQuillen Larry McQuillen ... Levor


Jeff is an FBI agent sent to pick up Ray Manta, a member of the White Hand drug cartel, from a Mexican jail. Manta escapes, and gets revenge by killing Jeff's family. Kowalski, another member of the White Hand, is sympathetic to Jeff as he hunts down the other members of the Hand one by one, getting vengeance for his family, eventually leading to a battle with Manta. Written by Sean Kilby and Jason Parker <gestalt@ix.netcom.com>

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Release Date:

9 June 1994 (Hungary) See more »

Also Known As:

Tolerância Zero See more »

Filming Locations:

Las Vegas, Nevada, USA See more »

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PM Entertainment Group See more »
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In a running gunfight on the Vegas Strip, Jeff gets 5 shots out of a double barreled break-action shotgun while holding a pistol in his other hand. Four of those shotgun blasts cause cars to explode into flames. See more »


Manta: Yeah, yeah, yeah. I learned all that in Drug Dealing 101.
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Alternate Versions

While German Rental-Video is uncut the TV-Releases have been cut to reduce violence See more »


Think About Me
music by Mary Paglio and Al Paglio
vocal by Mary Paglio
produced by Mary Paglio and Al Paglio
published by Alvi Publishing Co. BMI
master courtesy of Pipp Ent. Group
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"How does it feel being on the other side of the law?"

Though I will always recognize PM Entertainment and director Joseph Merhi for being the main producers of karate B-movies from the 1990s, a flick like ZERO TOLERANCE reminds me that they were in fact more versatile when it came to the action department. This is an ambitious, occasionally cool but ultimately mild shoot-em-up picture that foolishly takes a "less is more" method when it would have been better off embracing excess. Particular fans of Robert "T-1000" Patrick may apply.

The story: When his family is murdered and his own life endangered by a powerful drug cartel, an FBI agent (Patrick) becomes a vigilante deadest on revenge.

As much as I like ol' Joe Merhi, I wish that a more inventive director had helmed this one and brought more life to the potential-filled plot. PM regularly made films that were a lick or two above the dramatic average of competitors, but here, it unsuccessfully attempts to navigate a precisely-balanced screenplay. John Flynn or Andrew Davis might have taken the screenplay and coordinated it into an escalating action-thriller, whereas Merhi bloats the first half of the picture with plot while skimping on action, then reverses the formula for the second half. It's a competent film, definitely, but the dramatic scenes appear awkwardly-placed and the actors often underwhelm in their performances.

Action-wise, the movie does well enough but could achieve more. Much to my surprise, there was a smattering of fight scenes, though none of them particularly stood out. The highlights are several exhibitions of bullet ballet, clearly modeled after John Woo's output. Viewed in a vacuum, the handful of large-scale shootouts is furious and entertaining. However, other films have had better results in westernizing the HARD BOILED standard: NEMESIS and even HARD JUSTICE are both relatively cheap films that alternatively did a better job of aping Woo's style and improvising with the resources they had. ZERO TOLERANCE features occasionally cool stuntwork and a handful of unique guns, but I've seen much better.

Strong production values are balanced out by a surprisingly grim tone, making this an interesting action flick to watch but not necessarily a fun one. I declare it to be on the low side of average: worth catching on TV, maybe worth renting digitally, but probably not worthy of purchase.

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