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Vigilante (1983)

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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 »

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

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

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Trivia

The sawed-off shotgun used in the movie is the same real prop shotgun which was used by the killer in the previous William Lustig movie Maniac (1980). See more »

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

Quotes

[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 ...
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Smokin
(Larry Rollins / Warren Thomas)
Performed by N.B.T. (Nuthin But The Truth)
Engineered by Bob Yesbeck
Omega Studios, Washington D.C.
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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"


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