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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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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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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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According to William Lustig, the nighttime scene where the Vigilantes follow Horace the pimp was shot "In one of the worst neighborhoods in (Greenpoint), Brooklyn. Everything was spooky and burned out" on a crane camera with no real safety measures and regrets not using the "poor man's" process for the scene which would've been much safer." See more »

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

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[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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Pase la noche fumando
(Willie Colón (as Willie Colon)) / C. Curet Alonso (as Curet Alonso))
Arranged by Luis Cruz
Sung by Willie Colón (as Willie Colon)
Produced by Willie Colón (as Willie Colon)
Executive Producer Jerry Masucci
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Lustig's Homage to the Italian Revenge Flicks
7 October 2003 | by (Sacramento, CA) – See all my reviews

Vigilante (1983) is a revenge flick in the style of 70's Italian Crime films (He even shot it in Scope). Robert Forester plays Marino, an average working joe who's family is attacked by an inner city street gang. When the justice system fails him, Marino can't take it anymore and with the help of his co-workers takes revenge on the street scum. Sophisticated trash from William Lustig (It looks and feels sleazy). The film has an all star cult film line up. Featuring Fred "The Hammer" Williamson, Joe Spinell, Woody Strode, Carol Lynley, Frank Pesce and Rutyana Alda.

Highly Recommended.

Old school ultra violence, Lustig style.


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