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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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'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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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 »


[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: Op de groei (1987) See more »


Written by Dan Hartman and Charlie Midnight
Performed by James Brown
Courtesy of Scotti Brothers Records and Tapes
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A Fun Movie! In my opinion, it's possibly Busey's best role.
24 November 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I recently purchased this, well not purchased, but my dear mom was nice enough to buy this DVD at Ross today for the low price of just $4.00. At first, I actually had no freakin' idea that this was on DVD to begin with. I thought the only available copy was the OOP VHS from USA Home Video (Which is now Lions Gate). It had a cooler cover than the DVD, but before I get back to the movie, I would just like to make a little rant about how the big Hollywood studios (And the greedy sharks that own them) keep changing the cover art (Or force the art department to do so) for DVD releases. This one's a good example. The cover art for the original VHS of this movie made it look fun and imo, somehow dramatic, but this cover looks like it's been made over at MGM using Photoshop. It just doesn't make the movie look good to a buyer. It seems like these studios could really care less about nostalgia and just only care about making it appeal to today's youth. I guess you could also say that the cover for this made it look like a Transporter Rip-Off or a John Woo- type movie from 2001.

Anyway, back to the movie. It's about a Vietnam Vet/Ex-Con (He had been convicted for a crime he didn't commit) named Buck Matthews (Played by Gary Busey in as I stated, quite possibly his best role.) who had just been granted parole and he goes back to his hometown to move on with his life and his family, his wife Christie (Played by Denise Galik) and Jennifer (Played by Judith Barsi from the awful "Jaws 4: The Revenge", may god rest her poor soul). We then see Buck at the police station, where he meets the corrput sheriff (Played by Seymour Cassel) and meets up with J.B. (Played by Yaphet Kotto) Also, Buck encounters a biker gang (The leader Blade, being played by the always awesome William Smith from "Maniac Cop") attacking a nurse, and saves her life and he becomes a town hero. However, it isn't long before the gang attacks Buck's house and kills Christie. Then, the movie starts to move into Death Wish territory.

I do not feel like going further for the moment (I really don't want to spoil anything for anybody), but I will say the rest gets more exciting every minute. That's just my opinion though.

As for the DVD itself, there really isn't much, although MGM did do a good job with the very beautiful widescreen quality. There is a trailer, but that's pretty much it for extras. There could have been like a director's commentary or even a commentary by either Busey or Kotto or all 3, but I really don't know.

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