Three minutes into the movie, uber-macho, loose-cannon, broad-chinned, mother-loving, ex-cop bounty hunter Mace (David Keith), with wild hair flopping around like devil horns, is cross-dressing in a prostitute’s leather boots and bright red top (it’s nearly identical garb except for being noticeably several sizes larger) in order to nab a bail jumper. It never gets more serious than that. The hooker is Sarah (Pamela Anderson), who finds herself running in the street sans clothing – and proving she’s a terrible actress with her few bits of dialogue. Later, when she happens upon Mace again and demands her clothes back, she yells all of her lines. It’s a good thing her talents are in the physical department. The following scene introduces insecure Mitch McCullum (Robert Hays) dropping off his mini-golf date Donna (April Bogenschutz), so she can take a nice, hot, uninhibited, exploitive shower. When she’s murdered (strangled, but fortunately only after finishing her bath), Mitch is fingered as a suspect. Donna was the daughter of Mayor Stiles (Charles Napier), who refuses to let an autopsy be performed on the body, instead immediately hiring Mace to keep an eye on Mitch.
Stiles is convinced Mitch is the murderer and wants him dead – so it’ll be up to the burly bounty hunter to discover the truth. Mitch is being set up, as is Mace with the murder of a bondsman (“I’m gonna say this once. I didn’t do it.”), with a political blackmail plot in the works. They’re also stuck with Sarah as a partner, tagging along after she’s been seen by the villains. Meanwhile, the only real actor in the film (although here he overacts badly), Stacy Keach, plays Deputy Mayor Bob Jenkins, a soft-spoken, glasses-wearing, intimidating figure, always surrounded by ominous music. He’s supposed to be someone Mace can trust, but clearly he has murderous motives, with crooked police Lieutenant Atkins (Leo Rossi) in his pocket, commanding troops of mercenaries to kill anyone in his way.