Picks and Pans Review: Cold Steel

updated 02/29/1988 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/29/1988 AT 01:00 AM EST

Brad Davis has been an actor in search of a right role ever since Midnight Express a decade ago. This 1987 cop-vs.-psycho film wasn't it. The most striking thing about it is how short Davis is in comparison with everyone from leading lady Sharon (King Solomon's Mines) Stone to partner Jay Acovone. Jonathan (Beverly Hills Cop) Banks is the bad guy, an ex-cop with a grudge; punk rocker Adam Ant, aptly slimy as a henchman, is the movie's only bright spot. There's a little sex and lots of violence. The film may, in fact, set an all-time record for the most informal tracheotomy operations: three. It was the feature directing debut for Dorothy Ann Puzo, Mario's daughter; clearly there were some offers made here that somebody should have refused. (R) (RCA/Columbia, $79.95)

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