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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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Cast

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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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Storyline

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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Action | Drama

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R | See all certifications »
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28 November 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A prova di vendetta  »

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Goofs

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

Quotes

Sheriff: [to Buck] Doing that time in there didn't do a damn thing for you, did it? You were an asshole then and you're a 'bigger' asshole now!
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Referenced in Zeg 'ns Aaa: Opwindend (1988) See more »

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Written by Dan Hartman and Charlie Midnight
Performed by James Brown
Courtesy of Scotti Brothers Records and Tapes
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17 November 2003 | by (Oakland CA) – See all my reviews

When your cast includes Gary Busey, Yaphet Kotto, Seymour Cassel, and William Smith, you know the film will be entertaining--even if it is as absurd as Eye of the Tiger. Busey gives a great impassioned speech in a bingo hall about his days in 'Nam, Kotto cuts a rug whilst dropping grenades from a biplane, Cassel twirls his moustache, and Smith--well, Smith and his semi-mohawk have to be seen to be believed. Let's just say that if you're a fan of Smith's '60s biker movies, you'll love Eye of the Tiger. The only strikes against the film--besides the ridiculous plot and shoddy writing--are the awful Survivor theme song (already used in Rocky III) and Kotto's hair, which appears to be a severely overcooked process 'do'.


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