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Eye of the Tiger (1986)

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Returning home from prison, a Vietnam War veteran sets out to clean up his hometown which has come under the control of a violent motorcycle gang.

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Michael Thomas Montgomery (as Michael Montgomery)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gary Busey ... Buck Matthews
Yaphet Kotto ... J.B. Deveraux
Seymour Cassel ... Sheriff
Bert Remsen ... Father Healey
Denise Galik ... Christie Matthews
William Smith ... Blade
Kimberlin Brown ... Dawn
Judith Barsi ... Jennifer Matthews
Eric Boles Eric Boles ... Doctor (as Eric Bolles)
Joe Brooks ... Jake
Douglas Dirkson ... Jimmy
Kathryn Fuller Kathryn Fuller ... Bingo Lady
Jorge Gil Jorge Gil ... Jamie
Amelia Haas Amelia Haas ... Melody / Mini-Cam Reporter
Ray Habercorn Ray Habercorn ... Police Officer
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Buck Matthews (Gary Busey) is a former Vietnam veteran/ex-con recently released from the state prison. He returns to the small Midwest town where he grew up only to discover the place overrun by a large motorcycle gang bent on causing trouble. When the bikers murder his wife and traumatize his young daughter, Buck finds himself all alone. The corrupt town sheriff (Seymour Cassel) is unsympathetic and unwilling to help Buck (because the sheriff is under control of the biker gang leader Blade (William Smith). So, Buck decides to take matters into his own hands, With the help from a fellow Vietnam vet, Deputy J.B. Deveraux (Yaphet Kotto), as well as Buck's former cell-mate, a drug kingpin living in Miami, Buck arms himself to the teeth and wages a one-man war against the motorcyclists to destroy them once and for all. Written by matt-282

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 November 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A prova di vendetta See more »

Filming Locations:

Valencia, California, USA

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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Ultra Stereo

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Movie was filmed in Valencia, Ca . Valencia is best known for Six Flags magic mountain. See more »

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In the scene with the dead paramedics, the bottom paramedic clearly blinks right before the camera passes by him. See more »

Quotes

Sheriff: [to Buck] Doing that time in there didn't do a damn thing for you, did it? You were an asshole then and you're a 'bigger' asshole now!
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Referenced in Zeg 'ns Aaa: Opwindend (1988) See more »

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Eye of the Tiger
Written by Jim Peterik and Frankie Sullivan
Performed by Survivor
Courtesy of Scotti Brothers Records and Tapes
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Overlooked, Superb 80's Action Flick
8 October 2006 | by hammerfan1See all my reviews

Gary Busey had his best starring role outside of 'The Buddy Holly Story' in this 1986 actioner. He stars as typical 80's action hero, Buck Matthews. He's a decorated Vietnam vet, husband and father, and a wrongly convicted ex-con.

Fresh out of prison, Buck heads home to his small town to lie low and reconnect with his family. This plan goes south in a hurry. His parole officer is the sheriff who set him up on murder charges in the first place. Then Matthews runs across the deadly drug-running biker gang who has been terrorizing the town while he was in prison. What makes things worse is the gang and the sheriff are in business together.

Matthews rescues a rape victim from the gang one night and receives the wrath of the gang's leader, played by veteran bad guy William Smith. Without giving away a crucial plot point, I will simply say that tragedy ensues. Buck goes on a vengeance spree that would make Charles Bronson proud.

This is not the type of movie that is nominated for awards and is discussed on any best movies ever list. It is, however, a fantastic example of the type of action / revenge movies that were popular in the 1970's and 80's. Invite some buddies over, heat up the popcorn, and enjoy this awesome movie.


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