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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.

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Buck Matthews
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J.B. Deveraux
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Sheriff
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Father Healey
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Christie Matthews
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Blade
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Dawn
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Jennifer Matthews
Eric Boles ...
Doctor (as Eric Bolles)
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Jake
Douglas Dirkson ...
Jimmy
Kathryn Fuller ...
Bingo Lady
Jorge Gil ...
Jamie
Amelia Haas ...
Melody / Mini-Cam Reporter
Ray Habercorn ...
Police Officer
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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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28 November 1986 (USA)  »

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A prova di vendetta  »

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DEM 16,828 (West Germany) (16 July 1987)
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Movie was filmed in Valencia, Ca . Valencia is best known for Six Flags magic mountain. See more »

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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 »

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[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 »

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Written by Dan Hartman and Charlie Midnight
Performed by James Brown
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A fun, forgotten 80's gem, well worth a watch for 80's action fans!
4 June 2013 | by See all my reviews

Gary Busey is fantastic as a just-out of jail Vietnam vet, wrongly imprisoned years before by his hometown Sheriff. He returns home to his wife and daughter, only find himself harassed by the local Sheriff (Seymour Cassel) that had him imprisoned years before. Buck Mathews (Busey) refuses to leave town, so the Sheriff hires the local biker gang to harass Mathews and and his family. Things go too far, and Mathews sets out on a mission of revenge against both the gang, headed by Blade (a maniacal Vernon Wells of Commando fame), and the Sheriff.

Eye of the Tiger is a great B-movie. The cinematography and directing are great, and it has a wonderful cast. Yaphet Kotto is perfect as Mathews old buddy, who is now an about- to-retire deputy to the corrupt Sheriff. The two team up to wreak havoc on the biker gang and deal out damage from the ground and air.

If you enjoy 80's action, and especially if you like Gary Busey, this is a B-movie worth seeking out. It's a good revenge story, full of good over the top 80's violence, and it has a great cast. Plus, it uses Survivors classic Eye of the Tiger song as it's theme! Whether you are relaxing on a lazy Sunday afternoon, or drinking beers with buddies on a Friday night, if you enjoy 80's action, this movie is for you...


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