Up 17,488 this week

Vigilante (1983)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Thriller  |  16 September 1983 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.6/10 from 1,724 users  
Reviews: 39 user | 32 critic

Eddie Marino is a factory worker in New York City. He has a wife named Vickie and a son named Scott. Eddie's friend and co-worker Nick and some of the factory's other workers have formed a ... See full summary »



0Check in

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video


Top 25 Trivia Items From the Last 25 Years

Here are some amazing facts and figures to deepen your appreciation of the movies you love.

See the full list

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 23 titles
created 05 Nov 2011
a list of 43 titles
created 05 Jan 2013
a list of 48 titles
created 13 Apr 2013
a list of 21 titles
created 22 Nov 2013
a list of 25 titles
created 9 months ago

Related Items

Search for "Vigilante" on

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: Vigilante (1983)

Vigilante (1983) on IMDb 6.6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Vigilante.



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Uncle Sam (Video 1996)
Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.2/10 X  

Desert Storm vet who was killed in combat rises from the grave on July Fourth, to kill the unpatriotic citizens of his hometown, after some teens burn an American flag over his burial site.

Director: William Lustig
Stars: William Smith, David 'Shark' Fralick, Christopher Ogden
Maniac Cop 2 (1990)
Crime | Horror | Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A supernatural, maniac killer cop teams up with a Times Square serial killer.

Director: William Lustig
Stars: Robert Davi, Claudia Christian, Michael Lerner
Maniac Cop (1988)
Action | Crime | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Innocent people are being brutally murdered on the streets of New York City by a uniformed police officer. As the death toll rises and City Hall attempts a cover-up, Frank McCrae heads the ... See full summary »

Director: William Lustig
Stars: Tom Atkins, Bruce Campbell, Laurene Landon
Action | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

A female cop is gunned down and wrongly accused of using excessive force in a hostage rescue attempt. Maniac cop returns from the dead once more to seek revenge, destroying everthing and ... See full summary »

Director: William Lustig
Stars: Robert Davi, Robert Z'Dar, Caitlin Dulany
Hit List (1989)
Thriller | Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A family man and a mob witness hunt for a hit-man who has mistakenly kidnapped the family man's son.

Director: William Lustig
Stars: Jan-Michael Vincent, Leo Rossi, Lance Henriksen
Maniac (1980)
Crime | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A psychopath, troubled by his childhood abuse, loose in New York City, kills young women and takes their scalps as his trophies. Will he find the perfect woman in a photographer, and end his killing spree?

Director: William Lustig
Stars: Joe Spinell, Caroline Munro, Abigail Clayton
Relentless (1989)
Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Two Los Angeles police detectives, cynical veteran Malloy and cocky rookie Dietz, hunt for a serial killer, an ex-cop named Taylor, whom randomly chooses his victims from a phone directory.

Director: William Lustig
Stars: Judd Nelson, Robert Loggia, Leo Rossi
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A man's best friend is killed on the streets of New York. The man (Robert Ginty) then transforms into a violent killer, turning New York into a great war zone and Christopher George is the only one to stop him.

Director: James Glickenhaus
Stars: Robert Ginty, Samantha Eggar, Christopher George
Action | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

In a post-apocalyptic New York City, a policeman infiltrates the Bronx, which has become a battleground for several murderous street gangs.

Director: Enzo G. Castellari
Stars: Mark Gregory, Fred Williamson, Vic Morrow
The Expert (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  

Johnny's sister is brutally attacked and murdered by a sadistic serial killer. At the trial, he is sentenced to be electrocuted, but a bleeding heart liberal has the sentence commuted to a ... See full summary »

Directors: Rick Avery, William Lustig
Stars: Jeff Speakman, James Brolin, Michael Shaner
Action | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

Two mercenaries help wandering caravans fight off an evil and aimless band of white-clad bikers after the nuclear holocuast.

Director: Enzo G. Castellari
Stars: Giancarlo Prete, Fred Williamson, George Eastman
Action | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.8/10 X  

A rag-tag group of people must fight extermination squads amid their ruined city.

Director: Enzo G. Castellari
Stars: Mark Gregory, Henry Silva, Valeria D'Obici


Cast overview, first billed only:
Eddie Marino
Richard Bright ...
Vickie Marino
Don Blakely ...
Rico (as Willie Colon)
Joe Spinell ...
Assistant D.A. Mary Fletcher
Vincent Beck ...
Judge Sinclair
Bo Rucker ...
Ptl. Gibbons (as Steve W. James)
Randy Jurgensen ...
Det. Russo


Eddie Marino is a factory worker in New York City. He has a wife named Vickie and a son named Scott. Eddie's friend and co-worker Nick and some of the factory's other workers have formed a vigilante group because Nick and the group are fed up with the pimps, gangs, and drug dealers who keep taking over the neighborhoods. Nick and his group are also sick and tired of the police, because the police always fail to protect people who become victims. Eddie goes home from work one night, only to discover that Vickie has been stabbed, and Scott has been shot dead. Frederico "Rico" Melendez, the leader of a Puerto Rican street gang, is arrested for Vickie's stabbing and Scott's murder. Assistant District Attorney Mary Fletcher plans to put Rico away for as long as possible, since New York doesn't have the death penalty. Nick tries to convince Eddie to join the vigilante group, but Eddie turns Nick down, preferring to let the courts handle Rico. Nick makes it clear that he has no faith ... Written by Todd Baldridge

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

gang | factory | judge | vigilante | police | See All (70) »


There's only one way to stop them... See more »


Action | Crime | Thriller


R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:





Release Date:

16 September 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Street Gang  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(4 channels)


Aspect Ratio:

2.39: 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Sandy Alexander who plays the prisoner who harasses Robert Forster in the film was in fact was the leader of the New York Hell's Angels unbeknown st to director William Lustig and after the film was released, Alexander was convicted of murder. See more »


Prago's stunt driving double during the car chase is Caucasian but Prago is African-American. See more »


[first lines]
Nick: Hey, I don't know about you guys, but me... I've had it up to here. There are some 40-odd homicides a day on our streets. There are over two million illegal guns in this city. Man, that's enough guns to invade a whole damn country with. They shoot a cop in our city without thinking twice about it. Aw, come on. You guys ride the subway. How much more of this grief are we gonna stand for? How many more locks we gotta put on our goddamn doors? Now, we ain't got the police, the ...
See more »


Referenced in American Grindhouse (2010) See more »


Triste y vacia
(Jose Luis Cuban)
Arranged by Hector Garrido
Sung by Hector Lavoe (as Hector Levoe)
Produced by Willie Colón (as Willie Colon)
Executive Producer Jerry Masucci
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Dark, gritty thriller
4 April 1999 | by (Paris, France) – See all my reviews

I saw this one when it came out in France, after "Maniac", and loved it. Now, the "seventies" look of the movie remains dated, but this one has kept part of the nastiness of Blaxploitation movies as well as the urban esthetics of "Dirty Harry". This is not Bronson-like stuff, since the "Vigilantes" doesn't seem to enjoy violence at all - they just do what seems to be right, even if they know it's wrong (Fred Williamson's magnificent, ambiguous attitude seems to sum it all - this is perhaps his best role.) And when it comes to action, Lustig delivers. Compare this one to Hollywoodian self-righteous, fascist dreck like Schlesinger's "Eye for an eye"

8 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Vigilante or Deathwish sparkfire89
Anybody know where that pool is in Brooklyn? codyclarke
Best Lines bill-prichard
Is this the movie? One_Shot_One_Kill
Another Tarantino Fave? andymcneill75
SoundTrack PeaceTheCat
Discuss Vigilante (1983) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: