Above the Law

Above the Law (also known as Nico: Above the Law) is a 1988 American action thriller film written, produced and directed by Andrew Davis. It marks the acting debut of Steven Seagal, who co-produced and co-wrote the film also starring Pam Grier, Sharon Stone, Daniel Faraldo and Henry Silva. Seagal plays Nico Toscani, an ex-CIA agent, Aikido specialist and a Chicago policeman who discovers a conspiracy upon investigating the mysterious shipment of military explosives seized from a narcotics dealer.


Raised in Palermo, Sicily, Italian-American Nico Toscani develops a fondness for Aikido martial arts, soon traveling to Japan for him to study the technique.