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Burn Notice: The Fall of Sam Axe (2011)

Follows Sam Axe on a mission in Latin America and gives us a glimpse into his military past.

Director:

Jeffrey Donovan

Writers:

Matt Nix (teleplay), Matt Nix (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bruce Campbell ... Sam Axe
Kiele Sanchez ... Amanda Maples
RonReaco Lee ... Ben Delaney
Pedro Pascal ... Comandante Veracruz
Ilza Ponko ... Beatriz (as Ilza Rosario)
Kepa Amuchastegui Kepa Amuchastegui ... Gov. Perez
Chandra West ... Donna Maitland
John Diehl ... Adm. James G. Lawrence
John Ales ... Matt Bailey
Brendan O'Malley Brendan O'Malley ... Gabriel Manaro
Lenny Clarke ... Rawlins
Alex Fernandez ... Adm. Gregory Maitland
Germán Escallón Germán Escallón ... Luis
Roberto Cano Roberto Cano ... Garcia
Johnny Acero Johnny Acero ... Montez (as John Acero)
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Storyline

As informal punishment for an unwitting affair with admiral Gregory Maitland's adulterous wife, Sam Axe, a US Navy Commander, was sent to Colombia to observe the suspected rebel movement Espada Ardiente ('Burning Sword'). Now he's under investigation for allegedly consorting with those alleged terrorists. He explains how he discovered that his Colombian army liaison Comandante Veracruz was the real drug dealers cahoot, who pailed on framing Axe and presumably innocent farmers for the bombing of an American-run Andes clinic. Sam escaped and tried to help the civilians and forces CIA observers to demand urgent help. He even found a trump card to avoid conviction for his illegal methods and a favorable discharge. Written by KGF Vissers

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Every man has a past. His just has more explosions.


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TV-PG

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

17 April 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Burn Notice: The Fall of Sam Axe See more »

Filming Locations:

Bogotá, Colombia

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Color

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16:9 HD
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Trivia

During their final stand against Veracruz, Sam tells Luis to shoot the gas tank of a toppled truck, which causes an explosion. During a season 2 episode of the series, Michael's narration during a hot situation explains how this technique is a trick that's only used in movies and doesn't work in real life without a pre existing flame or a spark to ignite a fuel leak. See more »

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A "military court" would not have issued a ruling (as stated in the voice-over during the airport scene) without a formal proceeding. The question and answer session was not a formal military proceeding, even though a female character appeared as though she was supposed to be transcribing the session. See more »

Quotes

Sam Axe: You feel like advising an old buddy with a sticky situation?
Michael Westen: How sticky?
Sam Axe: Sticky like let's get a table and a few more rounds.
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Referenced in Burn Notice: Depth Perception (2011) See more »

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A great way for a Burn Notice follower to fill the absurdly long inter-season hiatus.
18 April 2011 | by rrjmdpaSee all my reviews

The long anticipated prequel to the Burn Notice series answered many of our nagging questions about the series and Sam Axe in particular; but, posed even more. Matt Nix (the writer) and Bruce Campbell (the actor) played the Sam Axe character true to the form we would expect of a former Navy SEAL, if anything even more so. Affable, caring, not taking himself too seriously -- but with a high sense of loyalty and duty as well as street savvy. For the most part, a "squared away" SEAL - except that most of those guys that I'm acquainted with are quite a bit more serious, and anything but easy going.

Unfortunately, not all the show's characters fared the same. Don't get me wrong, none were poor actors; just that, some were weaker than others. And, most were appropriate for the genre and situation; but, just as in the series, some were written unbelievably stupid, or uni-dimensional or repetitive. Matt does seem to have a bit of a penchant for writing controlling shrews as lead female characters.

The director, Jeffery Donovan (Michael in the series), and writer are apparently much more acquainted with crooks, thugs and terrorists than they are with anything military. Guns, bombs and thugs are portrayed with amazing accuracy but anything military (especially Navy) seems to end at the mere term: "Navy SEAL." Supposedly Mr. Nix relies heavily on spy consultants but no one associated with the show appears to have even served in the military. No attempt seems to have been made to even approximate the correct insignias, uniforms, badges or military law (J.A.G) processes.

None-the-less, the series isn't about the military, TV budgets aren't the same as movies, Jeffery is a beginning director, and Matt... well he's Matt, one of a kind. The character-driven story was so compelling that, if you didn't look too deeply, or become annoyed with the characterizations, it was two hours well spent. Followers of the series will not be disappointed and will be well served with the new explanations, the new questions to answer, the expansion on a well-liked character, AND a great filler to a terribly long season hiatus.


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