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Fighting Back (1982)

It's a hard crime story about a Philadelphia shop owner who has enough of the criminals' violences and ravages. He organizes a patrol of civil people. It all starts to go wrong because his ... See full summary »

Director:

Lewis Teague

Writers:

Thomas Hedley Jr. (as Tom Hedley), David Zelag Goodman (as David Z. Goodman)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Skerritt ... John D'Angelo
Patti LuPone ... Lisa D'Angelo
Michael Sarrazin ... Vince Morelli
Yaphet Kotto ... Ivanhoe Washington
David Rasche ... Michael Taylor
Donna DeVarona Donna DeVarona ... Sara Rogers
Gina DeAngeles Gina DeAngeles ... Vera D'Angelo
Jonathan Adam Sherman Jonathan Adam Sherman ... Danny D'Angelo
Pat Cooper ... Harry Janelli
Jim Lovelett ... Tom Cassidy
Joseph Ragno ... Mike Pelyk
Sal Richards Sal Richards ... Bill Gallo
Frank Sivero ... Frank Russo
Lewis Van Bergen ... Laz Burkofsky
Jim Moody ... Lester Baldwin
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Storyline

It's a hard crime story about a Philadelphia shop owner who has enough of the criminals' violences and ravages. He organizes a patrol of civil people. It all starts to go wrong because his team's actions are taken as racial discrimination ... Written by Kornel Osvart <kornelo@alphanet.hu>

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Thieves, Pimps, Prostitutes, Muggers and Drug Dealers beware. John D'Angelo's out to make his neighbourhood safe. He's declaring his own personal war on crime and he doesn't want your kind around here any more.

Genres:

Action | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 May 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Striking Back See more »

Filming Locations:

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,624,381, 23 May 1982, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$3,335,948
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

One of two 1982 theatrical feature films first released that year with the title of "Fighting Back". The movies are the American vigilante action thriller picture "Street Wars" aka "Fighting Back" [See: Street Wars (1992)] and the Australian youth drama feature film Fighting Back (1982). Ironically, both pictures featured a number of prominent "Tom" personnel: The U.S. movie starred actor Tom Skerritt as John D'Angelo and had a character called Tom Cassidy played by Jim Lovelett, whilst the Australian film was based on a novel called "Tom" (1978) by John Embling, had a central character named "Tom" played by Paul Smith, and had Tom Jeffrey being a co-screenwriter and one of the producers on the picture. See more »

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Written by Roxanne Seeman and David Lasley
Performed by Debra Laws
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Great revenge thriller.
5 September 2009 | by HumanoidOfFleshSee all my reviews

Set in an Italian neighborhood of Philadelphia "Fighting Back" tells the story of a storekeeper(Tom Skerritt),who is outraged by an incident on the streets that results in his pregnant wife losing the baby and by a robbery in which his mother's ring finger is cut off.He organizes the local people into a security patrol.The patrol does wipe out crime but operates beyond the law with our vigilante carrying on more of a personal vendetta than a campaign to establish law and order."Fighting Back" by Lewis Teague is a taut and exciting revenge thriller obviously influenced by "Death Wish" movies.The film is well-acted and looks surprisingly authentic.There is not much violence on display,however if you are a fan of thought-provoking cinema you can't miss this gritty flick.8 out of 10.


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