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Eye of the Tiger (1986)

Gary Busey , Yaphet Kotto , Richard C. Sarafian  |  R |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Gary Busey, Yaphet Kotto, Seymour Cassel, Bert Remsen, Denise Galik
  • Directors: Richard C. Sarafian
  • Writers: Michael Thomas Montgomery
  • Producers: Ben Scotti, Herb Nanas, Michael Thomas Montgomery, Tony Scotti
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dubbed, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: March 22, 2005
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006TPDR0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #252,664 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Eye of the Tiger" on IMDb

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They stole his pride and destroyed his family and now he'll do whatever it takes to get justice! Action legend Gary Busey (Lethal Weapon) "makes a great, rawboned blue-collar hero" (Los Angeles Times) in this hard-boiled tale of revenge and retribution! Buck Matthews (Busey) returns to his rural hometown after serving time in prison for a crime he didn't commit, wanting only to live in peace with his beloved wife and daughter. But that peace is irrevocably shattered when a sinister biker gang begins terrorizing the townspeople. When Buck's brave attempt to protect his family from the vicious marauders results in tragedy, he embarks on a one-man war against his evilfoes and even though he's outnumbered and outgunned, he won't give up until the last body drops!

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Usually when the Eye of the Tiger song comes on your mind naturally brings you to picture Rocky and Apollo Creed duking it out ever so fake in the middle of the ring. However from this very day all we will see is a giant toothed Gary Busey who has just earned himself a top spot in Sid's ultimate action heroes. Over the years we have been huge fans of Busey (Brian, Brian, look. I'm Gary Busey. I'm frequently aggressive in situations that don't call for it) and all his crazy antics from B movies or celebrity rehab clips, but had no idea the action fury that dwells deep within him. We found this masterpiece on the Impact on-demand channel (yes the very same that brought us Ninja Vengeance [VHS]) so going into it the expectations were somewhat high. No matter how high the expectations Eye of the Tiger surpassed them with ease by actually being an awesome action flick. It even went beyond the realm of B by making itself enjoyed on more of an actual movie basis. Fantastic!

Gary plays newly paroled Buck Matthews who was wrongly sent away by crooked hick sheriff Seymour Cassel. Buck is a well respected Vietnam Vet around his old town and is looking forward to reuniting with his wife and daughter. What he doesn't realize is there's now a drug pushing motorcycle gang, led by a guy that looks like he's part of a Judas Priest cover band, whose wreaking havoc around his old stomping grounds. Once buck takes the law into his own hands against the gang the war begins. Once the gang takes his wives life Buck enlists the help of cop buddy J.B. Deveraux and prison pal Sal Pachino (who just happens to do the most hilarious Tony Montana impression).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I recently purchased this, well not purchased, but my dear mom was nice enough to buy this DVD at Ross today for the low price of just $4.00. At first, I actually had no freakin' idea that this was on DVD to begin with. I thought the only available copy was the OOP VHS from USA Home Video (Which is now Lions Gate). It had a cooler cover than the DVD, but before I get back to the movie, I would just like to make a little rant about how the big Hollywood studios (And the greedy sharks that own them) keep changing the cover art (Or force the art department to do so) for DVD releases. This one's a good example. The cover art for the original VHS of this movie made it look fun and imo, somehow dramatic, but this cover looks like it's been made over at MGM using Photoshop. It just doesn't make the movie look good to a buyer. It seems like these studios could really care less about nostalgia and just only care about making it appeal to today's youth. I guess you could also say that the cover for this made it look like a Transporter Rip-Off or a John Woo-type movie from 2001.

Anyway, back to the movie. It's about a Vietnam Vet/Ex-Con (He had been convicted for a crime he didn't commit) named Buck Matthews (Played by Gary Busey in as I stated, quite possibly his best role.) who had just been granted parole and he goes back to his hometown to move on with his life and his family, his wife Christie (Played by Denise Galik) and Jennifer (Played by Judith Barsi from the awful "Jaws 4: The Revenge", may god rest her poor soul). We then see Buck at the police station, where he meets the corrput sherrif (Played by Seymour Cassel) and meets up with J.B.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Gary Busey and William Smith classic! July 30, 2008
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Busey is one pissed off dude. Coming home after having been in prison for a crime he didn't commit (by Seymour Cassel as a corupt sheriff -- he hasn't aged like fine wine from the days of COOGAN'S BLUFF, where Clint slaps himself across the head for for trying to determine Susan Clark's cup size), his wife is murdered. With the aid of Yaphet Kotto and serious firepower from a prison body he strikes back at the biker gang (who do comply with current helmet laws) -- led by the one and only WILLIAM SMITH. Carnage and decapitations ensue and after a climatic battle all is right once more. It's a guilty pleasure. Watch it when no one is looking!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First Class January 11, 2007
Excellent movie. I saw this movie when it first came out and I still like it as much today as I did then. Plenty of action throughout the movie.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Revenge is the best policy March 23, 2013
Purchased as part of a four movie set with Exterminator 2, Cyclone and Alienator. No extras, not even chapters. Great anamorphic transfer and crisp sound.

Ex-soldier Gary Busey takes vengeance upon the Texas drug thugs who murder his wife and kidnap his young daughter. Director Richard C. Sarafian (Vanishing Point, Man in the Wilderness) takes a formula story and makes it very satisfying with superb action and a truly rotten villain. Decapitation and a stick of dynamite up the wazoo are great revenge tricks, but nothing serves up payback better than a swift kick to the crotch. Anyone who would desecrate a victim's grave and place a child in a cage deserves full retribution.

Co-stars the always terrific Yaphet Kotto, Seymour Cassel, Bert Remsen, Denise Galik (General Hospital), Kimberlin Brown (One Life to Live) and the very talented William Smith (Any Which Way You Can) as Blade. Produced by the Scotti Brothers (Ben and Tony) who also gave us Survivor's recording of the title song. The child actress, Judith Barsi, who plays Busey's young daughter was tragically murdered by her own father at the age of 10.
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5.0 out of 5 stars dad and daughter movie
I loved this movie from the first time i saw it, and it is mine and my dads favorite movie to watch together.
Published 3 months ago by rena britt
1.0 out of 5 stars a disappointment
This tape did not play well at all. Was blacked out for the most part. I had to trash it.
Published 13 months ago by Eugenia B. Zarate
3.0 out of 5 stars Ex con vs. bikers in small town desert
This should have been a great movie but comes up short because of the boring soundtrack and a seemingly rushed production. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Seahorse
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad
Icannot received th movie yet, and person said he would get back to me, I would either like a knew movie or my money back.
Published on May 22, 2011 by spencer
3.0 out of 5 stars A pure-raw action movie, in the desert, with motocross hordes
Eye of the Tiger (1986) has Gary Busey as the main drawing card,
coupled with an action-film content or genre. Read more
Published on August 17, 2009 by Pork Chop
5.0 out of 5 stars What a deal
This was a great movie that my stepparent had told me about so I got it for him for a gift and ended up watching it myself it is a great movie and for the fast shipping and price... Read more
Published on November 3, 2008 by Rachel Ann Hancock
3.0 out of 5 stars I always liked this movie.
I like this movie even though it is old but if the Eye Of The Tiger song by Survivor wasn't part of the film, then I wouldn't have thought much of it. Read more
Published on February 10, 2008 by markrob0
5.0 out of 5 stars Eye of the tiger
This movie is a good one to watch and getting it from amazon
was the only way i could get it.
Published on January 25, 2008 by Vicky Russell
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