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An Eye for an Eye (1981)

Sean Kane is forced to resign from the San Francisco Police Department's Narcotics Division when he goes berserk after his partner is murdered. He decides to fight alone and follows a trail... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Chuck Norris ... Sean Kane
Christopher Lee ... Morgan Canfield
Richard Roundtree ... Capt. Stevens
Matt Clark ... Tom McCoy
Mako ... James Chan
Maggie Cooper Maggie Cooper ... Heather Sullivan
Rosalind Chao ... Linda Chan
Professor Toru Tanaka ... The Professor
Stuart Pankin ... Nicky LaBelle
Terry Kiser ... Dave Pierce
Mel Novak ... Tony Montoya
Dorothy Dells Dorothy Dells ... Cab Driver
Dov Gottesfeld Dov Gottesfeld ... Doctor
Rick Prieto Rick Prieto ... Stark
Sam Hiona Sam Hiona ... Ambler


Sean Kane is forced to resign from the San Francisco Police Department's Narcotics Division when he goes berserk after his partner is murdered. He decides to fight alone and follows a trail of drug traffickers into unexpected high places. Written by Scott Lane <rslane@ix.netcom.com>

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Kane's justice is revenge. Kane's weapon is himself. See more »


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14 August 1981 (USA) See more »

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The producers originally wanted to cast André the Giant in the role played by former professional wrestler Professor Toru Tanaka because they felt Tanaka wasn't tall enough. They were eventually convinced that Tanaka would be more believable (as demonstrated in the James Bond film Goldfinger (1964) in which Harold Sakata was cast as Oddjob), as well as cheaper and with less scheduling conflicts, so they agreed to cast him. In order to overcome his height "disadvantage" they had him wear platform shoes to make him appear taller than his 6'2 frame. See more »


When Kane is at the mansion in the finale there are two limousines parked in front of the home, 3/4 of the way though this fight finale the two limo's explode, blown sky high and completely engulfed in flames, 2 minutes later there is a scene again in the front of the mansion and the two limo's are back to their original unexploded condition. See more »


James Chan: Perfection is approachable, Sean, as I have often told you.
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Another Chuck Norris great!
6 November 2009 | by GOWBTWSee all my reviews

About all the great movies that starred Chuck Norris, "An Eye for an Eye" happens to be one of my faves. Chuck plays Sean Kane, an San Fransico cop who kick major butt when his partner and his wife are killed. First, his partner doing a sting operation gone bad when he gets run down, his wife gets strangled by a huge henchman known only as The Professor(Professor Toru Tanaka, 1930-2000). While he chased her, he also lifted that Volkswagon that nearly ran him over. Mako play Sean's instructor who give him a hand in find the killer(Christopher Lee) who had the people killed. Richard Roundtree well known for play John Shaft, plays Sean's boss who has a tough time understanding him. The fight scenes are great. I like when he took out every villain in different fashions. The late night boat scenes when he did those double-kicks. The office where he had his hands tied behind his back. And the outdoors/indoors scenes where everything is totally awesome. The distracting spin-kick, the kick the villain into the pool. And most of all, the battle between Sean and the Professor. Despite being thrown across the bar and tables Sean managed to have the momentum to do a flying sidekick to take out the Professor once and for all. Great movie is all I can say!

3.5 out of 5 stars!

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