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''Beyond The Law'' is a 1992 Crime Film by Larry Ferguson. BasedOnATrueStory, CharlieSheen plays Daniel Saxon, an Ex-Cop recruited by agent Price (Courtney B Vance), working for the State Attorney General's Office to infiltrate the gun running and drug smuggling community in the American Southwest. Two problems: while Daniel was a fine cop, he has little idea where to start; and several agents sent before him disappeared without a trace. Daniel hits a stroke of luck when he is approached by Virgil, a jovial if unstable mechanic who agrees to help Daniel move undercover in the world of [[AllBikersAreHellsAngels outlaw bikers]], who control the arms and drug trade in the region. Taking the Alias "Sid", Daniel successfully integrates himself into the life of the Jackals; a group led by Blood (MichaelMadsen), who takes "Sid" under his wing. As Daniel delves deeper into the underworld, he develops a relationship with a photo journalist documenting the club, Renee (Linda Fiorentino) who is aware of his double life. Daniel quickly finds this new world pushing him to the brink of sanity, surrounded by addicts and career criminals who draw down at the drop of a hat and expect him to be just as unstable and violent as they are.

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''Beyond The the Law'' is a 1992 Crime Film crime film by Larry Ferguson. BasedOnATrueStory, CharlieSheen Creator/CharlieSheen plays Daniel Saxon, an Ex-Cop ex-cop recruited by agent Price (Courtney B Vance), (Creator/CourtneyBVance), working for the State Attorney General's Office to infiltrate the gun running and drug smuggling community in the American Southwest. Two problems: while Daniel was a fine cop, he has little idea where to start; and several agents sent before him disappeared without a trace. Daniel hits a stroke of luck when he is approached by Virgil, a jovial if unstable mechanic who agrees to help Daniel move undercover in the world of [[AllBikersAreHellsAngels outlaw bikers]], who control the arms and drug trade in the region. Taking the Alias "Sid", Daniel successfully integrates himself into the life of the Jackals; a group led by Blood (MichaelMadsen), (Creator/MichaelMadsen), who takes "Sid" under his wing. As Daniel delves deeper into the underworld, he develops a relationship with a photo journalist documenting the club, Renee (Linda Fiorentino) who is aware of his double life. Daniel quickly finds this new world pushing him to the brink of sanity, surrounded by addicts and career criminals who draw down at the drop of a hat and expect him to be just as unstable and violent as they are.



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21st Mar '17 5:48:54 PM ViperMagnum357
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* TricksterMentor: Virgil, with some elements of SinkOrSwimMentor. Virgil is extremely knowledgeable about the criminal underworld in general and outlaw bikers in particular, and an excellent mechanic-so good that the Jackals let him go everywhere with them and have no hesitation doing business in front of him. He helps Daniel build a custom bike literally from the frame up, teaching him all the knowledge a lifelong bike owner would require in addition providing Daniel with what he needs to know to blend in. Virgil is also a habitual drug user, carries unregistered guns, and is an accessory to crimes too numerous to count. That is before accounting for Virgil's idea of fun; [[spoiler:stealing cars, bar fights, and facilitating high risk arms and drug deals. The last of his prep work on Daniel involves something straight out of GrandTheftAuto: steal a car, start taking potshots at Daniel's car, and daring the man to stop him.]]

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* TricksterMentor: Virgil, with some elements of SinkOrSwimMentor. Virgil is extremely knowledgeable about the criminal underworld in general and outlaw bikers in particular, and an excellent mechanic-so good that the Jackals let him go everywhere with them and have no hesitation doing business in front of him. He helps Daniel build a custom bike literally from the frame up, teaching him all the knowledge a lifelong bike owner would require in addition providing Daniel with what he needs to know to blend in. Virgil is also a habitual drug user, carries unregistered guns, and is an accessory to crimes too numerous to count. That is before accounting for Virgil's idea of fun; [[spoiler:stealing cars, bar fights, and facilitating high risk arms deals and drug deals. The last of his prep work on Daniel involves something straight out of GrandTheftAuto: steal a car, start taking potshots at Daniel's car, and daring the man to stop him.]]
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*TricksterMentor: Virgil, with some elements of SinkOrSwimMentor. Virgil is extremely knowledgeable about the criminal underworld in general and outlaw bikers in particular, and an excellent mechanic-so good that the Jackals let him go everywhere with them and have no hesitation doing business in front of him. He helps Daniel build a custom bike literally from the frame up, teaching him all the knowledge a lifelong bike owner would require in addition providing Daniel with what he needs to know to blend in. Virgil is also a habitual drug user, carries unregistered guns, and is an accessory to crimes too numerous to count. That is before accounting for Virgil's idea of fun; [[spoiler:stealing cars, bar fights, and facilitating high risk arms and drug deals. The last of his prep work on Daniel involves something straight out of GrandTheftAuto: steal a car, start taking potshots at Daniel's car, and daring the man to stop him.]]
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* ReverseMole: Daniel, recruited after getting booted from the force by a racist Sheriff who took exception with Daniel's even-handed approach to an armed standoff. His first forays are [[FailureMontage laughably bad]], complete with ugly bowling shirt and PornStache. He finally gets luvky when he gets pegged as a narc by Virgil, who gives him some advice and agrees to become a CI if Daniel agrees to "deputize" him.

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* ReverseMole: Daniel, recruited after getting booted from the force by a racist Sheriff who took exception with Daniel's even-handed approach to an armed standoff. His first forays are [[FailureMontage laughably bad]], complete with ugly bowling shirt and PornStache. He finally gets luvky lucky when he gets pegged as a narc by Virgil, who gives him some advice and agrees to become a CI if Daniel agrees to "deputize" him.
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*ReverseMole: Daniel, recruited after getting booted from the force by a racist Sheriff who took exception with Daniel's even-handed approach to an armed standoff. His first forays are [[FailureMontage laughably bad]], complete with ugly bowling shirt and PornStache. He finally gets luvky when he gets pegged as a narc by Virgil, who gives him some advice and agrees to become a CI if Daniel agrees to "deputize" him.
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*GoingNative: Daniel has to blend in completely, and the mindset takes an immense toll. Towards the end, he starts losing himself, especially after becoming disillusioned by the blatant preening and political maneuvering of [[spoiler:agent Price]]. This gets so bad Daniel is teetering on the brink of a FaceHeelTurn before [[spoiler:Blood murders a convenience store clerk right in front of him.]]
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*LockAndLoadMontage: Daniel has a minor one as he prepares for his first meeting with the Jackals, combined with suiting up. As Daniel becomes "Sid", he holsters two pistols, a derringer, two full sized combat knives, and completes his biker leathers and jacket with leather gloves, sunglasses, and a necklace of [[CreepySouvenir human teeth]].
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**After Blood saves his life, Daniel is trying to find a way to tip off Blood before the crackdown to save his in turn. At this point, Daniel is so far gone that [[spoiler:he fails to notice he just got roped into an initiation via robbery, that becomes robbery homicide when Blood murders the unarmed clerk; making Sid a felony accessory, the final requirement for him to become a Jackal. This finally snaps Daniel out of his funk and puts his identity crisis to rest.]]

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**After Blood saves his life, Daniel is trying to find a way to tip [[spoiler:tip off Blood before the crackdown to save his in turn. At this point, Daniel is so far gone that [[spoiler:he he fails to notice he just got roped into an initiation via robbery, that becomes robbery homicide when Blood murders the unarmed clerk; making Sid a felony accessory, the final requirement for him to become a Jackal. This finally snaps Daniel out of his funk and puts his identity crisis to rest.]]
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* BecomingTheMask: Daniel takes on the persona of "Sid", a member of the fictitious Pythons club, out of Cleveland Ohio. As the deep cover assignment drags on, Daniel becomes increasingly unhinged and he loses the ability to differentiate between his double life. By the end, he is [[spoiler:ready to tip off Blood to prevent him from getting caught in the takedown. One homicide and mental breakdown later, Daniel gets his head screwed on straight and keeps it together long enough to finish the assignment; personally shooting and arresting Blood during the MontageOut.]]
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