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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Eddie Marino
... Nick
... Burke
... Vickie Marino
... Prago
... Ramon
... Rico (as Willie Colon)
... Eisenberg
... Assistant D.A. Mary Fletcher
... Rake
Vincent Beck ... Judge Sinclair
Bo Rucker ... Horace
... Blueboy
... Ptl. Gibbons (as Steve W. James)
... Det. Russo
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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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You're not safe anymore... See more »

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Action | Crime | Thriller

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4 March 1983 (USA)  »

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Street Gang  »

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The scene where Willie Colon is killed by Robert Forster, the actress that played Colon's girlfriend was jerked so hard backwards that the cast and crew worried for her safety after landing hard in the bathtub. This was a complete accident and she was a "trooper" according to William Lustig See more »

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Prago's stunt driving double during the car chase is Caucasian but Prago is African-American. See more »

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[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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Featured in The Joe Spinell Story (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Vigilante
(Willie Colón (as Willie Colon))
Arranged by Hector Garrido
Produced by Willie Colón (as Willie Colon)
Executive Producer Jerry Masucci
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Forster goes off!!!
9 September 2008 | by See all my reviews

Vigilante is a gritty, violent, and controversial revenge flick. Vigilante gets compared to Death Wish often, but vigilante is the more fulfilling and entertaining film. Robert Forster stars as a father and husband who gets driven to the point of vigilantism after his son is killed and his wife deformed. Forster performance is deep and fascinating. Director William Lustig (who also directed the trashy and gory Maniac) adds a sense of realism and desperation to the film and the violence seems very authentic. Fred Williamson is GREAT as the leader of the nieghborhood vigilante group. The son's death is quite disturbing and the ending is satisfying (unlike the death wish ending). You really hate the criminal scumbags and cheer on their demise. There are some great one-liners too. Vigilante is the ultimate revenge exploitation flick.


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