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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)
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

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In the scene where Fred Williamson is chasing Frank Pesce, Richard Bright hits him with what appears to be a real baseball bat. In fact, it's a plastic bat in which Bright actually hit Pesce on the ear and his face. His facial expressions were real. Pesce joking states on the DVD "He's swinging like an idiot...that fucking stung. He hit me thinking it was a real baseball bat. Lee Strasberg stuff". 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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Sung by Hector Lavoe (as Hector Levoe)
Produced by Willie Colón (as Willie Colon)
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Forster goes off!!!
9 September 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Vigilante is a gritty, violent, and controversial revenge flick. Vigilante gets compared to Death Wish often, but vigilante is the more fulfilling and entertaining film. Robert Forster stars as a father and husband who gets driven to the point of vigilantism after his son is killed and his wife deformed. Forster performance is deep and fascinating. Director William Lustig (who also directed the trashy and gory Maniac) adds a sense of realism and desperation to the film and the violence seems very authentic. Fred Williamson is GREAT as the leader of the nieghborhood vigilante group. The son's death is quite disturbing and the ending is satisfying (unlike the death wish ending). You really hate the criminal scumbags and cheer on their demise. There are some great one-liners too. Vigilante is the ultimate revenge exploitation flick.

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