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Vigilante (1982)

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When his wife and son are brutalized by thugs and a corrupt criminal justice system puts the perpetrators back on the street, a New York City factory worker turns vigilante to find some measure of bloody justice.

Director:

William Lustig

Writer:

Richard Vetere
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Forster ... Eddie Marino
Fred Williamson ... Nick
Richard Bright ... Burke
Rutanya Alda ... Vickie Marino
Don Blakely ... Prago
Joseph Carberry ... Ramon
Willie Colón ... Rico (as Willie Colon)
Joe Spinell ... Eisenberg
Carol Lynley ... Assistant D.A. Mary Fletcher
Woody Strode ... Rake
Vincent Beck ... Judge Sinclair
Bo Rucker Bo Rucker ... Horace
Frank Pesce ... Blueboy
Steve James ... Ptl. Gibbons (as Steve W. James)
Randy Jurgensen ... Det. Russo
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Storyline

Eddie Marino is a factory worker in New York City. He has a wife named Vickie and a son named Scott. Eddie's friend and co-worker Nick and some of the factory's other workers have formed a vigilante group because Nick and the group are fed up with the pimps, gangs, and drug dealers who keep taking over the neighborhoods. Nick and his group are also sick and tired of the police, because the police always fail to protect people who become victims. Eddie goes home from work one night, only to discover that Vickie has been stabbed, and Scott has been shot dead. Frederico "Rico" Melendez, the leader of a Puerto Rican street gang, is arrested for Vickie's stabbing and Scott's murder. Assistant District Attorney Mary Fletcher plans to put Rico away for as long as possible, since New York doesn't have the death penalty. Nick tries to convince Eddie to join the vigilante group, but Eddie turns Nick down, preferring to let the courts handle Rico. Nick makes it clear that he has no faith ... Written by Todd Baldridge

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Taglines:

If the law won't get them... we will! See more »

Genres:

Action | Crime | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 March 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Street Gang See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Magnum Motion Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo (4 channels)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

According to William Lustig, he was contractually bound to have five songs which were performed by Willie Colon in the film. The hardest part for him was finding places to spot the music in and only used four of the songs. The subsequent soundtrack release featured all the songs Colon wrote because he was a very popular Latin singer and performer. See more »

Goofs

Reflection of boom mic can be seen during the shower fight scene. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Nick: Hey, I don't know about you guys, but me... I've had it up to here. There are some 40-odd homicides a day on our streets. There are over two million illegal guns in this city. Man, that's enough guns to invade a whole damn country with. They shoot a cop in our city without thinking twice about it. Aw, come on. You guys ride the subway. How much more of this grief are we gonna stand for? How many more locks we gotta put on our goddamn doors? Now, we ain't got the police, the ...
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Alternate Versions

The 2008 Blu-ray and DVD is the complete original version of the film before it was cut by MPAA for its graphic violence. The scenes that were cut involving the patrol cops being ambushed and the deaths of the crooked politician and his lookout are restored and the film is unrated. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Dark Knight (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Pase la noche fumando
(Willie Colón (as Willie Colon)) / C. Curet Alonso (as Curet Alonso))
Arranged by Luis Cruz
Sung by Willie Colón (as Willie Colon)
Produced by Willie Colón (as Willie Colon)
Executive Producer Jerry Masucci
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good cheesy fun
21 January 2005 | by movieman_kevSee all my reviews

When a sleazball defense attorney (Joe Spinell) gets a lenient sentence for the leader of the gang who cut up the wife and killed the son of Eddie Marino (Robert Forster) he decides to take matters into his own hand, after her gets out of jail himself for contempt of court. He gets help from Fred 'The Hammer' Williamson. Sure this film is a tad on the cheesy side, but I'm a sucker for vigilante movies and a fan of Fred Williamson, Robert Forster, and Director William Lustig all. And this film may not as good as "Death Wish", it's still enjoyable enough for repeated viewings.

My Grade: B+

DVD Extras: Commentary by William Lustig, Robert Forster, Fred Williamson, and Frank Pesce; 7 Theatrical Trailers from around the world; 4 TV spots; 4 radio spots; promotional reel; and still gallery

Eye Candy: Hyla Marrow provides both the T&A


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