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Vigilante (1983)

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

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Eddie Marino
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Nick
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Burke
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Vickie Marino
Don Blakely ...
Prago
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Ramon
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Rico (as Willie Colon)
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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)
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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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There's only one way to stop them... See more »

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Action | Crime | Thriller

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R | See all certifications »

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4 March 1983 (USA)  »

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Street Gang  »

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

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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Featured in Bleeder (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

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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good cheesy fun
21 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When a sleazball defense attorney (Joe Spinell) gets a lenient sentence for the leader of the gang who cut up the wife and killed the son of Eddie Marino (Robert Forster) he decides to take matters into his own hand, after her gets out of jail himself for contempt of court. He gets help from Fred 'The Hammer' Williamson. Sure this film is a tad on the cheesy side, but I'm a sucker for vigilante movies and a fan of Fred Williamson, Robert Forster, and Director William Lustig all. And this film may not as good as "Death Wish", it's still enjoyable enough for repeated viewings.

My Grade: B+

DVD Extras: Commentary by William Lustig, Robert Forster, Fred Williamson, and Frank Pesce; 7 Theatrical Trailers from around the world; 4 TV spots; 4 radio spots; promotional reel; and still gallery

Eye Candy: Hyla Marrow provides both the T&A


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