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Eye of the Tiger (1986)

R  |   |  Action, Drama  |  28 November 1986 (USA)
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Returning home from prison, a Vietnam War veteran sets out to clean up his hometown which has come under the control of a violent motorcycle gang.


(as Michael Montgomery)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Buck Matthews
J.B. Deveraux
Father Healey
Christie Matthews
Jennifer Matthews
Eric Boles ...
Doctor (as Eric Bolles)
Joe Brooks ...
Douglas Dirkson ...
Kathryn Fuller ...
Bingo Lady
Jorge Gil ...
Amelia Haas ...
Melody / Mini-Cam Reporter
Ray Habercorn ...
Police Officer


Gary Busey plays Buck, a former Vietnam veteran/ex-con recently released from the state prison. He returns to the small Midwest town where he grew up only to discover the place overrun by a large motorcycle gang bent on causing trouble. When the bikers murder his wife and traumatize his young daughter, Busey, with the help from a fellow Vietnam vet, as well as his former cell-mate, a drug kingpin living in Miami, Buck arms himself to the teeth and wages a war against the motorcyclists to destroy them once and for all. Written by Matthew Patay

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'Nam was hell... Prison unbearable... But coming home meant murder. See more »


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Release Date:

28 November 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A prova di vendetta  »

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In the scene with the dead paramedics, the bottom paramedic clearly blinks right before the camera passes by him. See more »


[Buck is pointing a shotgun at Blade]
Blade: [points to his head] If you're gonna shoot me... it better be here.
Blade: [points to his heart] Or here. Anyplace else, asshole, and I will kill you slowly.
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Referenced in Zeg 'ns Aaa: Opgeruimd staat netjes (1987) See more »


Eye of the Tiger
Written by Jim Peterik and Frankie Sullivan
Performed by Survivor
Courtesy of Scotti Brothers Records and Tapes
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An enjoyable no-brainer, starring the world's greatest actor.
2 March 2001 | by (Southampton, England) – See all my reviews

Well, let me start by saying that Gary Busey is without doubt, my favourite actor of all time. He has an everyman quality which no one else really posessed in the 80's. Don't get me wrong, I don't think he's Bobby De Niro, but he's cool okay, so get off my back. Eye of the Tiger, then. A highly enjoyable movie from a great director. Yeah, it has no brains and yeah, the plot fits on a stamp, but any movie with this theme music is always gonna bring a smile to peoples faces. There are countless great moments with the ever watchable, Busey and Yaphet Kotto. Admitedly, the pace does slack a little too offen, but the decapitation scene and the questioning scene rank up there with my favourite moments and it does have the best pull-focus of all time. Watch when you want some 80's action with a little more breeding than most.

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