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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 »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 March 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Street Gang See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,588,464, 6 March 1983

Gross USA:

$5,091,888

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,091,888
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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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Trivia

The film is dedicated to Peter Savage who died shortly after filming. 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 film was cut by MPAA before the film was released in 1983, for graphic violence and in particular the pier scene where crooked politician and his lookout are killed with blood splatter lasting a bit longer and also the scene where the two patrol cops in their car are ambushed and killed underneath the underpass which filled with more blood splatter. This is the version that appeared on home video on the Vestron Home Video label and cable television. See more »

Connections

Featured in Bleeder (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Juanito alimana
(C. Curet Alonso (as Curet Alonso))
Arranged by Luis Cruz (as Luiz Cruz)
Sung by Hector Lavoe (as Hector Levoe)
Produced by Willie Colón (as Willie Colon)
Executive Producer Jerry Masucci
Music Available on Fania Records
Published by FAF Publ./BMI
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Underrated movie
7 December 2001 | by legend316See all my reviews

The average rating for this movie is way too low. I guess people don't like violent movies that much. This movie has some violent scenes, that's true but it's so much more than that. Fred Williamson's speech at the beginning of the movie hits straight home. I hardly see this movie on television. I think it's because people are afraid that many people could be influenced by it, since society is growing darker and darker every day. What Fred Williamson and company do in this movie is what a lot of people would like to do but can't because the law doesn't allow it. The way I see it this movie is really great. The bad guys deserve what they get and that's what makes this movie so great.


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