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Fred Williamson (From Dusk Till Dawn), Woody Strode (Spartucus), Joe Spinell (Maniac) and Salsa legend Willie Colon co-star in this hard-hitting exploitation classic from director William Lustig (Maniac Cop, Relentless) that many critics consider to be better-and more shocking-than the original Death Wish.
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It is, however, the kind of picture that will thrill any fan of DEATH WISH, ROLLING THUNDER, THE EXTERMINATOR or any other '70s / early '80s revenge flick that has vigilantism as its main theme.
The acting in VIGILANTE is of a high quality, superb even for an exploitation film. In particular, Robert Forster shines as an everyday working Joe driven to the brink by grief and circumstance. Fred Williamson was never better (and is unlikely to be), while Joe Spinnell steals your attention in his two scenes.
Anchor Bay's DVD release of the film is nothing short of miraculous. The movie has been lovingly restored via George Lucas' THX process and the widescreen presentation looks superb. But the jewel in the crown is the audio commentary. Director William Lustig and the three actors have a whale of a time recounting the film's shoot, and so does the listener.
As the film, touted as the `unrated director's cut', begins we see Fred Williamson's character (later we learn his name is Nick), laying it down for a group of people (and the audience) about how punks have taken over the streets. One gets a sense that he's `mad as hell, and he's not going to take it anymore'..."If you want your city back, you gotta take it! Dig it?!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An even lower budget than Deathwish. Robert Forster seems more worried about his hair loss than trying to act in the film. hardly any action. The music is the highlight. Read morePublished 2 months ago by bonita springs
The movie itself is pretty great - a gritty fun ride populated by so many familiar cult-movie stars. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Mr. Bird
A nice print, uncut as far as I can tell, of a neglected Robert Forster gem out of the Death Wish school. Read morePublished on April 27, 2014 by Stuart Diwell
Robert Forster is a great B movie actor, and I really enjoy all of his performances ("Alligator" is another classic title). Read morePublished on January 10, 2014 by Leslie Karen Rigsbey
I bought this because of the good reviews online...thinking it was comparable to Death Wish..Wrong!!! It is a badly made TV movie compared to Death Wish. Read morePublished on September 9, 2013 by Dennis Huskins
early 80's movie about a group of guys trying to clean up the neighborhood,and they do a good job of it.i love 80's movies so this is another to add to the collection. Read morePublished on December 9, 2012 by thunderunner
You know I am not a fan of Fred Williamson and I thought this movie is probably another blame the Man movie but it's pretty good with some exceptions of blaming the lack of police... Read morePublished on May 29, 2012 by Jose Lopez