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Act of Vengeance (1986)

In 1969, an administrator runs against the corrupt president of the United Coal Miners Union, and becomes the target of a murder plot.

Director:

John Mackenzie

Writers:

Trevor Armbrister (book), Scott Spencer (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Bronson ... Joseph 'Jock' Yablonski
Ellen Burstyn ... Margaret Yablonski
Wilford Brimley ... Tony Boyle
Hoyt Axton ... Silous Huddleston
Robert Schenkkan ... Paul Gilly
Ellen Barkin ... Annette Gilly
Maury Chaykin ... Claude Vealey
Caroline Kava ... Charlotte Yablonski
Peg Murray Peg Murray ... Ellen Rogers
William Newman ... Ezra Morgan
Alan North ... Albert Pass
Raynor Scheine ... Terrance Madden
Tom Harvey Tom Harvey ... Warren Alexander
Alf Humphreys ... Ken Yablonski
Joseph Kell ... Chip Yablonski
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Storyline

Fact-based story about the corruption that occurred during the United Mine Workers' 1969 presidential elections. Jock Yablonski was a loyal follower of then chief Tony Boyle. That all changed after 80 men are killed in an unsafe West Virginia coal mine and Boyle defended the mine owners. At his wife's urging and in fear of his life, Yablonski launched his campaign. And in fact, he became the target of assassins. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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His was an act of defiance. Theirs was an act of vengeance.

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Biography | Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 April 1986 (USA) See more »

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A hatalom megfizet See more »

Filming Locations:

Nemacolin, Pennsylvania, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

One of three feature film collaborations of star Charles Bronson and actor Wilford Brimley. The movies are Borderline (1980), 10 to Midnight (1983), and Act of Vengeance (1986), with the latter being the only one being made-for-television. See more »

Quotes

Joseph 'Jock' Yablonski: You knew that mine was unsafe; but you turned your back for a couple of bucks.
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Features A Tale of Two Kitties (1942) See more »

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There Will Always Be A New Tomorrow
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Plodding Bronson vehicle
21 November 2014 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

ACT OF VENGEANCE is a 1986 TV movie, based on the true story of a man who stood up to a coal miner's union in 1969, accusing them of corruption and becoming the new president in the process. Unfortunately, his stand against his former colleagues made him plenty of enemies, some of whom decided to have him eliminated.

For the most part, this film plays out exactly as you'd expected a television movie to. It's not an action film at all - Bronson is more of a political figure than a hero here - but it doesn't really cut it as a thriller or drama either. I appreciate that it's a true story - that's the only thing it has going for it - but as a film it's pretty much a failure, with the story particularly lacking interest.

The story starts out well but around the halfway mark it really starts to plod. There's way too much of the drawn-out, back-and-forth scenes of the would-be assassins attempting to complete their job. Such moments are quickly tiresome as is the unusual way that some of the scenes involving these murky murderers are played for laughs. The worst parts of the movie are a couple of ill-advised and excruciating sex scenes between a youthful Ellen Barkin and the guy playing her husband. The producers do well to cast recognisable and reliable faces in supporting roles (including Wilford Brimley, Ellen Burstyn, Hoyt Axton, Maury Chaykin, and a young Keanu Reeves) but this is nevertheless one of Bronson's worst.


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