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Eye of the Tiger (1986)

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)
Douglas Dirkson ...
Kathryn Fuller ...
Bingo Lady
Jorge Gil ...
Amelia Haas ...
Melody / Mini-Cam Reporter
Ray Habercorn ...
Police Officer


Buck Matthews (Gary Busey) is 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, Buck finds himself all alone. The corrupt town sheriff (Seymour Cassel) is unsympathetic and unwilling to help Buck (because the sheriff is under control of the biker gang leader Blade (William Smith). So, Buck decides to take matters into his own hands, With the help from a fellow Vietnam vet, Deputy J.B. Deveraux (Yaphet Kotto), as well as Buck's former cell-mate, a drug kingpin living in Miami, Buck arms himself to the teeth and wages a one-man war against the motorcyclists to destroy them once and for all. Written by matt-282

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Just a man and his will to survive ... See more »


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Release Date:

28 November 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A prova di vendetta  »

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


[last lines]
Buck Matthews: It's good to see you.
J.B. Deveraux: It's good seeing you.
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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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This place is crawling with lice, and you're acting like it's Mayberry R.F.D.
19 April 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It don't matter to me.

No, it don't matter that this film doesn't have the greatest actors. Gary Busey does a great job as a Vietnam Vet who comes home to lose his wife to a gang of motorcycle thugs, led by A-number-one total scumbag with a really bad haircut, William Smith. Yaphet Kotto is a perennial favorite of mine, and he does the right thing her. Yeah. And then there is Seymour Cassel as the crooked Sheriff that needs to be taught a lesson.

Yes, the story is pretty unbelievable, but that doesn't matter. It's the little guy getting kicked around, the cops on the take, the townspeople who have ceased to care, and scumbags that need to be flushed down the toilet.

A guilty pleasure for when you need to get the adrenaline flowing.

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