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      Vigilante Force

      PG 1976 1h 29m Action List
      17% Tomatometer 6 Reviews 14% Audience Score 100+ Ratings In a small town in California, the quiet citizens have had their lives disrupted by boisterous, lawless oil-field workers who have infested their community. One resident, Ben Arnold (Jan-Michael Vincent), enlists his brother Aaron (Kris Kristofferson), a Vietnam veteran, to assemble a group of men to restore law and order to the town. Though Aaron's crew succeeds, the newfound power goes to some of their heads, and Aaron and Ben must again reclaim the town for the citizens. Read More Read Less

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      Steve Warren The Barb (Atlanta) Another old-fashioned shootout sets things to rights, but it's not a very good one. May 5, 2023 Full Review Joe Leydon The Clarion-Ledger (Jackson, MS) Kris Kristofferson and Jan-Michael Vincent play the battling brothers. Neither will remember Vigilante Force as a high point in his career. You won't remember it at all. Aug 16, 2021 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews A forgettable but entertaining lightweight routine action film. Rated: C+ Apr 7, 2017 Full Review Matt Brunson Creative Loafing Considering its eye-catching cast and a workable premise, this ranks as a real disappointment, with writer-director George Armitage content to churn out drive-in yahoo fare rather than craft anything with any sort of staying power. Rated: 1.5/4 Sep 26, 2015 Full Review Austin Trunick Under the Radar Imagine Road House, but on a smaller budget and more country-fried. Rated: 6/10 Sep 25, 2015 Full Review Richard T. Jameson Parallax View ... a film of such consuming sleaziness of motivation and rationale that the feeblest gestures toward credibility and mere continuity are bypassed ... Dec 17, 2011 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member Seriously bizarro, WTF '70's action movie! It starts out with a group of ex-soldiers being brought in to tame a wild town. Where it goes from there is just nuts! At least you don't see the plot twist coming, that's for sure! Kris Kristofferson is in this for whatever reason, but does well with where his character goes. Jan-Michael Vincent is good in his pretty-much standard action mode. The movie is made competently enough, just makes you wonder how it was greenlit! Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/15/23 Full Review Audience Member Vintage Grindhouse. Throw realism out the door. A town besiege by rising anarchy reaches out to the Seven Samurai to protect them. Instead, they end up taking over the town. A rare film where the Vietnam vets are the villains... And it works. However, the film takes a few jumps too many and the music is so campy, it's kind of hard to sit through without openly mocking it. I wanted something a little more bad@$$. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/16/23 Full Review Audience Member Vintage Grindhouse. Throw realism out the door. A town besiege by rising anarchy reaches out to the Seven Samurai to protect them. Instead, they end up taking over the town. A rare film where the Vietnam vets are the villains... And it works. However, the film takes a few jumps too many and the music is so campy, it's kind of hard to sit through without openly mocking it. I wanted something a little more bad@$$. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Audience Member This film is one of those cases of the cure being worse than the disease, as a Vietnam vet and some of his cronies are brought into a small town to help stave off the rowdy assholes that the local oil companies have brought into the area, but he and his buddies turn out to be equally ruinous to the community. I enjoyed this one, a gritty action drama from the late '70s that I happened to catch on our MGM HD channel. Give it a look, it's well worth a rental. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/07/23 Full Review Audience Member Great old drive-in movie Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/29/23 Full Review Audience Member Kris Kristofferson is a bad actor, but he is the best one in this movie. Still, it is effective as a Corman 70s drive-in flick. And as a cultural artifact it is fascinating. Vietnam vets are crazed and evil, and are literally transformed into redcoats fighting civilian Green Mountain Boys on the Fourth of July. Amazing. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/14/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Movie Info

      Synopsis In a small town in California, the quiet citizens have had their lives disrupted by boisterous, lawless oil-field workers who have infested their community. One resident, Ben Arnold (Jan-Michael Vincent), enlists his brother Aaron (Kris Kristofferson), a Vietnam veteran, to assemble a group of men to restore law and order to the town. Though Aaron's crew succeeds, the newfound power goes to some of their heads, and Aaron and Ben must again reclaim the town for the citizens.
      Director
      George Armitage
      Screenwriter
      George Armitage
      Rating
      PG
      Genre
      Action
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (DVD)
      Jan 28, 2011
      Runtime
      1h 29m