List: Mitchell and Final Justice: A comparison
Compiled by Jeff
(with an assist from Duane
Jeff writes: In a moment near the end of
Mitchell, Crow wonders, "I wonder
why 'Mitchell 2' never came out." Well, nine years after
Mitchell, a little movie named "Final Justice" (episode
1008) was released. Though it had a different title,
director, writer, etc., this movie had so many similarities
to Mitchell that it's difficult not not wonder if "Mitchell
2" did indeed see the light of day. Just to show that
nothing can be too obsessive-compulsive, here is a list of
similarities between "Mitchell" and "Final Justice."
- The two movies movies have been
featured on television's Mystery Science Theater 3000.
- Both movies star Joe Don Baker
- They are both cop movies, and as
such, the cliches go flying in both movies. For instance:
- JDB, in both films, plays a "cop on
the edge who doesn't play by the rules."
- The JDB character is always referred
to by his last name (actually, we are never told if
Mitchell is his first or last name--this is a cop movie,
however, so I think it's safe to assume that it's his
- Mitchell is an undercover cop
(apparantly). Geronimo (the hero of FJ ), is a sherrif.
As such, neither ever wear a standard police uniform, and
both characters demonstrate lacking fashion taste.
- There is at least one scene in both
movies in which JDB's superior pulls him off the case.
However, JDB blatenly ignores his supervisiors in both
cases, and continues on.
- Threat to Mitchell: "You don't know
who you're messing with." Threat to Geronimo: "Do you
know who you're messing with?"
- Both movies feature a car chase. Said
chases end with the JDB car being shoved off the side of
- Both movies show their titles over a
nauseating closeup of JDB's anatomy (his face in
Mitchell, his legs in FJ).
- The first shot of Geronimo is of him
napping at his desk. The first shot of Mitchell (once the
story begins) is of him napping in a police car.
- The plots of both movies start up
when the Bad Guy (John Saxon in Mitchell, Palmero in FJ)
shoots and kills an unarmed man for no good
- Both films end with a shootout on a
boat, as well as a lame pithy remark from JDB.
- In the films' shootouts, the Bad Guy
hides as JDB takes on their lackleys. Once JDB takes care
of said lackly, the Bad Guy comes out, only to be shot by
- Oh... And both times, JDB gets the
draw on the Bad Guy essentially by cheating.
- The Bad Guys in both movies have a
boss who make a brief appearance in their respecive
films. Predictably (because they're both Mafia bosses),
they both speak with a thick, Itallian accent.
- There is a scene in each movie in
which beer is poured onto someone's shoe, and one in
which JDB eats while discussing other matters.
- There are also scenes in the two
movies in which JDB is "invited" to the Bad Guy's house.
- There is a scene set on some sort of
aircraft in both movies.
- Both movies feature an important
female character working in a sex-related
- When they do their things, said
ladies have to do it while a completely inappropriate
song blairs on the soundtrack. This song is repeated over
the end credits.
- The above ladies end up with rather
nasty fates: The stripper in FJ ends up with her throat
slit; Mitchell's Gretta has to, you know, with the beer
and baby oil.
- Both films have well-remembered
editing mistakes: Mitchell's self-repairing headlight,
and FJ's repeated shot.
- Both movies feature Joe Don Baker
peeling an orange! In Mitchell, he peeled one at Martin
Balsam's big dinner. In Final Justice, he threatens a
bartender by, you guessed it, peeling an orange!
- Last, but certainly not least: FJ has
one bizzarre (the Napoleon-like kid Geronimo saves) and
another superfluous scene (the brief stay with that
family, where he teaches slingshoting) involving a child.
Mitchell has a really bizzarre and
superfluous scene involving a child (and if you don't
know what I'm talking about, you haven't seen this