Vigilante (1983)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Thriller  |  16 September 1983 (USA)
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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:
Eddie Marino
Richard Bright ...
Vickie Marino
Don Blakely ...
Rico (as Willie Colon)
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

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Did You Know?


Fred Williamson personally picked his wardrobe for the film, including the Fur lined coat that he wore which came in use during the coldest day of shooting with Robert Forster on Thanksgiving Eve. 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 ...
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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
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Lean, mean and nasty revenge thriller.
19 May 2002 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

First off, yes, 'Vigilante' does bear some superficial resemblances to 'Death Wish'. But in other ways it is a different kind of animal, tougher, more realistic and believable. Directed by William Lustig in between his trash classic 'Maniac' and 'Maniac Cop', the movie greatly benefits from the strong performances of Robert Forster ('Medium Cool', 'Jackie Brown') and Fred Williamson ('Black Caesar'), two actors who unfortunately have generally been wasted in dull action movies and awful straight to video dreck. Forster displays dignity and depth of character as a working class Joe pushed to his limit, and Fred Williamson gives possibly his most impressive performance ever, as his buddy who shows him a way to get closure. Both Forster and Williamson are supported by an above average cast of character actors including Richard Bright and Joe Spinell (both of 'The Godfather' as well as countless other roles), and veteran Woody Strode. This is a lean, mean and nasty revenge thriller worth tracking down.

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