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Vigilante Force (1976)

After oil is found in a small town and local factory shut down, violent crime skyrockets. A young man has had enough and calls in his older brother, a cynical Vietnam vet, who cleans the streets but then tries to take over the town.

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George Armitage

Writer:

George Armitage
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kris Kristofferson ... Aaron Arnold
Jan-Michael Vincent ... Ben Arnold
Victoria Principal ... Linda Christopher
Bernadette Peters ... Little Dee
Brad Dexter ... Mayor Bradford
Judson Pratt ... Harry Lee
David Doyle ... Homer Arno
Antony Carbone ... Freddie Howe
Andrew Stevens ... Paul Sinton
Shelly Novack ... D.O. Viner
Paul Gleason ... Michael J. Loonius (as Paul X. Gleason)
John Steadman ... Shakey Malone
Lilyan McBride Lilyan McBride ... Boots Linden
Jimmy Lydon ... Tom Cousy (as James Lydon)
Peter Coe ... Lu Murietta
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Storyline

After oil is found in a small town and local factory shut down, violent crime skyrockets. A young man has had enough and calls in his older brother, a cynical Vietnam vet, who cleans the streets but then tries to take over the town.

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They Hired Themselves A Hero - But All They Bought Was Trouble! See more »


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PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 April 1978 (Norway) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Gesetz sind wir See more »

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Production Co:

Chateau Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Shot in thirty days. See more »

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Everyone in the final gun battle never reload their weapons and just keep shooting hundreds of rounds. See more »

Quotes

Linda Christopher: [to Ben] I know he's your brother, but he's not even playing cop anymore. He walks into a place with one thing in mind: Destroy.
Paul Sinton: It sounds like the war. You know, when some guys go crazy, and start shooting at everything that weren't wearing an American flag.
Linda Christopher: Are we going to sit back and watch?
Mayor Bradford: [arriving] Ben! Oh, Ben! Say, Ben, you got a minute?
Ben Arnold: [busy servicing tractor] No.
Mayor Bradford: Half a minute? By the way, Ben, did you get Aaron to commit to the Grand Marshal offer?
Ben Arnold: He said he'd think about it.
Linda Christopher: Maybe ...
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Alternate Versions

Some of the more violent moments in this movie was cut down by the distributor in Norway to get a 16 rating. Video rental version is uncut with an 18 rating. See more »


Soundtracks

Take Me To Morning
Music by Gerald Fried
Lyrics by Hermine Hilton
Sung by Byron Keith Daugherty
Courtesy Troubadour Records
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Brutal balderdash...
2 September 2007 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

A Vietnam vet decides to take over a backwater town run amok, and anyone who steps in his path is eliminated (including women). Released to theaters just prior to "A Star Is Born", which turned his career around, this action-drama mishmash starring Kris Kristofferson is wildly off-kilter, thoughtless and mean-spirited. Filmed in Simi Valley, CA, the results are truly unseemly, with redneck clichés and mindless violence making up most of director George Armitage's script. Armitage has gathered a most curious '70s cast for his film, including Jan-Michael Vincent, Victoria Principal, Bernadette Peters, and, in a bit, Loni Anderson; however, the center of the whole thing is Kristofferson, who is gruff and rude throughout. It deserves points I suppose for being a completely unsympathetic drive-in thriller, but the bad vibes (and the ridiculous climax) coat the whole project like an ugly stain. *1/2 from ****


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