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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.


George Armitage


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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


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 »


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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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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Shot in thirty days. See more »


When Little Dee talked to Ben Arnold before she let, she told him she saw his brother Aaron Arnold kill the deputy and even where the body was, which he found. But when he brought the body in and confronted his brother, he only said that Little Dee saw the deputy at the farm where Aaron was the night before, not that she saw him kill the deputy. See more »


Aaron Arnold: You know why you ain't been killed, don't you?
Ben Arnold: Yeah. Because we're brothers.
Aaron Arnold: And that's the only reason.
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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 »


Take Me To Morning
Music by Gerald Fried
Lyrics by Hermine Hilton
Sung by Byron Keith Daugherty
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Starts Off Good But Falls Apart
13 February 2012 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Vigilante Force (1976)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

A small town comes under attack from a group of rednecks so a man (Jan-Michael Vincent) decides to talk the Sheriff into letting his Vietnam vet brother (Kris Kristofferson) and his four vet buddies clean things up. The plan starts off good at first but soon the five vets decide to do a few illegal things of their own. VIGILANTE FORCE starts off as a pretty good exploitation flick but it slowly begins to fall apart as the story for some reason switches directions. The beginning of the movie is the type of over-the-top actioneer that you'd expect to see from producer Gene Corman. The start of the movie features a greatest hits package of redneck damage, which includes bar fights, shootings, a stabbing and more violence all of it in drive-in camp fashion. Kristofferson arrives on the scene much like Sam Elliott would in the later cult classic ROAD HOUSE and the movie is still doing good at this part. The actor is very fun in the part and it's entertaining seeing him and his vet buddies walk around putting an end to the trouble. Where the screenplay really lost me was in the second half when they turn these fun guys into coldblooded killers. For the life of me I couldn't understand why they wanted to go this direction but my closest guess is that they wanted the brother versus brother showdown between the two stars. The eventual showdown really doesn't pay off and it also doesn't cool the bad taste left in your mouth from some of the actions that the Kristofferson character does. I won't give any spoilers but some of the murders just make you hate the guy, which completely goes against the feelings they build up early on. Kristofferson is very good in his part as is Vincent as his brother. The supporting cast includes Victoria Principal, Bernadette Peters, Charles Cyphers, Andrew Stevens and John Steadman who is best remembered for Wes Craven's THE HILLS HAVE EYES. As is, the film works good enough in its first half to make it worth viewing but one wishes they had kept up with the fun times instead of doing something different.

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