Vigilante Force

1976

Action / Adventure / Crime / Drama / Thriller

4
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 16%
IMDb Rating 5.2 10 554

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Cast

Bernadette Peters as Little Dee
Loni Anderson as Peaches
Jan-Michael Vincent as Ben Arnold
Kris Kristofferson as Aaron Arnold
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634.87 MB
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English
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23.976 fps
1hr 29 min
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1.34 GB
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English
NR
23.976 fps
1hr 29 min
P/S 5 / 3

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by stevenfallonnyc 7 / 10

70's redneck action

If anyone is wondering if "Vigilante Force" is going to be worth a viewing, just look at three things: 1) Jan Michael-Vincent; 2) Kris Kristofferson, and 3) made in 1976. Now that is the formula for a great time! The plot is simple: Kris and his war buddies are recruited by the town to clean it up, but then rule it with an iron fist (and guns, and even a bazooka). His bro Jan doesn't take kindly to this, and it all leads up the the proverbial Big Showdown.

Now, when a film starts off with goofy redneck music while scenes of violence are happening, you know it's the 70's and you know you're in for a good time. There's tons of gunfire and fighting as well as bar brawls and heck, even a rootin' tootin' cockfight.

The girls are absolutely gorgeous - Bernadette Peters and Victoria Principal are at their hottest.

As for the cast - this is a flick with tons of familiar 70's faces, just when you think you've seen them all, another one pops up. I mean heck, even Dick freaking Miller is in this for a few seconds! And plenty of others you don't know the names of but who you definitely will recognize.

Kristofferson is an actor of limited talent, playing every role he gets pretty much the exact same way, but it's all good because he's always fun to watch. Jan is always ready to mix it up, and is also a blast to watch. "Vigilante Force" is definitely a great movie to eat half a pizza to.

Reviewed by Scott LeBrun 7 / 10

Entertaining trash.

As written and directed by George Armitage, "Vigilante Force" is acceptable "turn your brain off", yahoo action fare, albeit with a solid premise. An excellent cast that's full of familiar faces clearly has a fine time with the material. Armitage gets down to business extremely quickly, with an energetic opening credits sequence. From then on it's a series of confrontations that culminate with a whole lot of gunfire and explosions going on.

Jan-Michael Vincent plays Ben Arnold, upstanding young citizen in the small town of Elk Hills. Unfortunately the scores of men who came to work on nearby oil fields have begun to raise bloody hell in the town. In desperation, the towns' bigwigs agree to bring in Bens' brother Aaron (Kris Kristofferson), a Vietnam vet, and Aarons' wartime comrades, to try to restore law and order. Soon, however, the "solution" proves to be another problem, as Aaron lets a position of power go to his head and indulges in all manner of crooked ventures.

Vincent is good, but Kristofferson out-acts him with style, bringing charisma and humour to his juicy role. The sweet and sexy Victoria Principal plays Vincents' gal pal, and the cute as a button Bernadette Peters is endearing as flaky singer "Little Dee", whose shtick involves acting as if she knows everybody. The Who's Who cast of supporting players is most impressive: Brad Dexter as the mayor, Judson Pratt as the police chief, and David Doyle as a banker, as well as Antony Carbone, Andrew Stevens, Paul Gleason, John Steadman, Charles Cyphers, and Carmen Argenziano. Bombshell actress Loni Anderson and cult icon Dick Miller have uncredited cameos.

The folksy music by Gerald Fried adds to the substantial fun factor of this movie. Armitage really gives his audience their money's worth, and knows how to end things in a big way.

Seven out of 10.

Reviewed by John Lind 2 / 10

Razzie Fodder, or: Better Than Myra Breckenridge but Not By Much

Easily characterized as one of the films I would have gone to see on a Friday night date at the drive-in theater as I (and my date) had no intention of watching the film. Where can I start? Every aspect of this film fails. The screenplay and underlying plot is weak, the script is terrible (loaded with badly worn clich├ęs), the acting is horrid with the direction (or lack thereof) as much to blame as the mediocre performances from actors that should have done better. The fight scenes do not appear to have been choreographed. The cinematography is, at best, pedestrian. Didn't check the credits, but for the sake of the production designer's career, I hope he demanded it go uncredited.

Not much about this film is remotely credible. It's purely a vehicle for barroom brawling fistfights, gunfights, car chases and explosions . . . and not much of one at that.

Bottom Line: Vigilante Force is Razzie fodder. Too bad this film was released in 1976, four years before the Golden Raspberry Award was created (1980). Could have swept the awards.

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