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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.

Director:

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 called it God's Country... until all hell broke loose! See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Was the very last production filmed on the famous "Mayberry" backlot set just before it was razed in 1976. This film ended an era that lasted 49 years for the famous "RKO 40 Acres" and later, "Desilu Culver" backlot. See more »

Goofs

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 he got a...
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Alternate Versions

Although passed uncut for UK cinema the video version was cut by 9 secs and removed some shots of a cockfight. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Best of the Worst: Our DVD and Blu-ray Collection (2019) 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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It should have been a contender
4 January 2020 | by pmtelefonSee all my reviews

"Vigilante Force" could have been a good movie. Unfortunately, it's not. What a shame. This movie has a good premise, nice locations and a top-notch cast but its script is a letdown. I think they should have given up on the PG rating and went all out and made a R action movie. If they cranked up the violence, language and maybe had thrown in a little nudity, "Vigilante Force" could have been a movie worth seeing a second time. As it is, it's not. Honorable mention: a dreamy Bernadette Peters, a very dreamy Loni Anderson and a wildly dreamy Victoria Principal.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 April 1978 (Norway) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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