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Fighting Back (1982)

R | | Action, Crime, Drama | 21 May 1982 (USA)
It's a hard crime story about a Philadelphia shop owner who has enough of the criminals' violences and ravages. He organizes a patrol of civil people. It all starts to go wrong because his ... See full summary »

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Cast

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John D'Angelo
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Lisa D'Angelo
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Vince Morelli
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Ivanhoe Washington
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Michael Taylor
Donna DeVarona ...
Sara Rogers
Gina DeAngeles ...
Vera D'Angelo
Jonathan Adam Sherman ...
Danny D'Angelo
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Harry Janelli
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Tom Cassidy
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Mike Pelyk
Sal Richards ...
Bill Gallo
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Frank Russo
Lewis Van Bergen ...
Laz Burkofsky
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Lester Baldwin
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It's a hard crime story about a Philadelphia shop owner who has enough of the criminals' violences and ravages. He organizes a patrol of civil people. It all starts to go wrong because his team's actions are taken as racial discrimination ... Written by Kornel Osvart <kornelo@alphanet.hu>

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Thieves, Pimps, Prostitutes, Muggers and Drug Dealers beware. John D'Angelo's out to make his neighbourhood safe. He's declaring his own personal war on crime and he doesn't want your kind around here any more.

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Action | Crime | Drama

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21 May 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Striking Back  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$1,624,381 (USA) (21 May 1982)

Gross:

$3,016,496 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Referenced in Escale à Nanarland: Le Justicier de New York (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Meant For You
Written by Roxanne Seeman and David Lasley
Performed by Debra Laws
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"And You Better Stay Out Of Other People's Affairs, You Understand?"
20 April 2005 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Chalk this one right up there with MEAN STREETS and DEATH WISH, this film needs to be rediscovered by audiences because it's just too real. The story revolves around a Philadelphia deli owner played by Tom Skerritt who's sick of his neighborhood degenerating into a crime battered war zone. Deciding to form a a Guardian Angels-type citizen's patrol, he get's in hot water with the local politician's, police and even the the Italian mob, not to mention sadistic pimp Pete Ricahrdson and his crew. Richardson looks like the twin brother of another black actor, Nick Savage. I'm looking forward to seeing him in KING BLANK. For those viewers who like solid street crime movies, Fighting Back is a good choice. It shows south Philadelphia as a slum just like it is in real life. Good night score by Pierro Piccolinni while Ronnie Laws' little sister Debra appears on the soundtrack singing Meant For You and How Long.

Score, 10 out of 10 Stars


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