Directed by: Colin Budds
Starring: Carl Weathers, Jurgen Prochnow, Cassandra Delaney, Tony Bonner, and David Argue
Carl Weathers is Billy Ray "Hurricane" Smith, a construction worker
from Marshall, Texas who receives word that his mother just died.
Wishing to tell his sister Sally Mae the news, he travels to her last
known whereabouts: the Gold Coast of Australia. While there searching for his sister, he becomes embroiled in a drug-fueled gang war
between Howard Fenton (Bonner), with his merciless 2nd in command
Charlie Dowd (Prochnow) and a gang called The Gillespies. With the help
of a “hooker with a heart of gold”, Julie (Delaney) and her “Pimp with a heart of gold”, Shanks (Argue of Midnite Spares, 1983 fame), Hurricane takes on the gangs in the search for his sister.
mustache-less Weathers makes the most of what he can in this
fish-out-of-water tale. He is likable as the Texas boy caught up in the
“criminal syndicate of South East Queensland”
the film needed more action in its lagging middle section. Prochnow
plays the classic villain tailor-made for audiences to boo and hiss at.
You really hate him, but you have to wonder if he remembers anything
about making this movie. Our guess is that he probably didn’t see it as
anything special. After the success of Action Jackson (1988),
Warner Brothers seemed to just dump this movie into video stores with
little or no fanfare. True, it’s not as good as Jackson but perhaps they
snubbed this film in the promotional department.
The best things about Hurricane Smith
are the Australia locations, according to the credits primarily filmed
in Brisbane, and the colorful characters. Besides the aforementioned
Shanks with his over-the-top attitude and Warrant T-shirt with red
suspenders, there’s cranky old salt Griffo (Ewart), and you know Howard
Fenton is evil because of his dastardly bolo tie.
Also of note
is the unabashed racism in the movie,
which they would never do today in our P.C. times. There seems to have
been no shame or attempt to hide it, but it’s all coming from the
baddies, so it’s okay. Such things in the script would never fly today,
so Hurricane Smith shows the time and place in which it was made, which
is always good. Also Americans are disparagingly called “Septics” - some
sort of Cockney rhyming slang-type insult for “Yank” - “Septic Tank” or
just “Septics” for short. Are we still being called that there?
must be in Weathers’ contract that if he is in a starring role, the
movie must be named after him (and have a colorful name at that) - Fortune Dane (1986), Action Jackson, and now Hurricane Smith. Also the soundtrack must be drenched in sax.
a lot to like about Hurricane Smith, but there are some flaws that kept
us from being entirely satisfied with the end result.
Comeuppance Review by: Brett and Ty