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John Doe: Vigilante (2014)

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An ordinary man fights violence the only way he knows how - by killing one criminal at a time. Hero or villain? Justice or vengeance? You decide.


Kelly Dolen


Stephen M. Coates (screenplay), Stephen M. Coates (story) | 1 more credit »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Jamie Bamber ... John Doe
Lachy Hulme ... Ken Rutherford
Gary Abrahams Gary Abrahams ... Sam Foley
Sam Parsonson Sam Parsonson ... Murray Wills
Brendan Clearkin ... Adam McCleish
Brooke Ryan ... Mary Jones
Ditch Davey ... Detective Clint James
Louise Crawford ... Leah
Guy Kable Guy Kable ... Matt
Randall Berger ... Xavier Edwards
Isabella Woodlock Isabella Woodlock ... Sally
Barry Quin ... Dr. Keith Simms
Erin Dewar Erin Dewar ... Becky
Richard Moss ... Bobby
Chris Palframan Chris Palframan ... Jesse Sutton


Some call him a hero. Some call him a villain. He's "John Doe: Vigilante" - an ordinary man who decides to take the law into his own hands. Frustrated with a failing legal system that continues to allow violent criminals to go free, John Doe begins exacting justice the only way he knows how - by killing one criminal at a time. Soon he becomes a media sensation and inspires a group of copycat vigilantes, but who is the real John Doe - a pillar of justice or a cold-blooded murderer? You decide. Written by Main Street Films

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Hero or Villain? Justice or Vengeance? You Decide.


Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for disturbing violent content and for language | See all certifications »






Release Date:

21 March 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

John Doe See more »

Filming Locations:

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital


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Did You Know?


John Doe's orange prison jumpsuit number is 8311XHT, a reference to George Lucas' early film "THX 1138". See more »


When stopped by petrol officer, registration plates of John Doe's vehicle change in between scenes. See more »


Sam Foley: A vigilante is simply somebody who violates the law in order to punish a criminal for what they believe is right, for what they believe is justice. So what then do you call a country who sends soldiers to kill people in places like Afghanistan or Iran, Iraq, Korea, Vietnam in the name of what they believe is right, in the name of what they believe is justice. That country is a vigilante - pure and simple.
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Referenced in Running on Empty: Kel Dolen Part 1 (2016) See more »

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Gritty and intense low budget movie
2 September 2014 | by idontdodrugsSee all my reviews

Having recently watched a Battlestar Galactica marathon, I must confess that the only reason this little movie caught my eye was that Jamie Bamber was in it. As I often enjoy watching what TV actors do after their successful years I must say that this was an experience I did not expect. From the start, the movie throws the audience right in the plot. Jamie Bamber plays a serial killer vigilante that enjoys increasing popularity among the general public. Things unravel in a straight forward manner with the occasional twist. The amount of detail in composing the shots was generally way above a movie with that budget level. It is one of those films where the graphic violence is felt very intensely instead of just being gory, thereby giving away a very gritty and dark feeling. The performance of Jamie Bamber is exceptionally intense. Some might call it over the top but in the context of the movie it delivers very well. The story is endearing to the point that I was grapped right away and wanted to know how it all unravelled. It carries quite a lot of social commentary if you want to be open about those things. If not, it can still be watched as a genre piece that entertains. In comparison with Law Abiding Cititzen with Gerald Butler, an A-list movie with a quite similar general setup, I clearly favor John Doe: Vigilante. It feels way more real and carries more impact. In general, I can recommend the movie to all that like dark, gritty, and intense films and do not have a problem with large amounts of violence.

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