EYE OF THE TIGER
(director: Richard C. Sarafian; screenwriter: Michael Montgomery; cinematographer: Peter Collister; editor: Greg Prange; music: Don Preston; cast: Gary Busey (Buck Matthews), Yaphet Kotto ( J.B. Deveraux), Seymour Cassel (Sheriff), Bert Remsen (Father Healey), William Smith (Blade); Runtime: 90; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Tony Scott; Live Home Video; 1986)
“An unpleasant thriller.”
Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz
Richard C. Sarafian (“Andy”/”Street Justice”/”The Bear”) directs this violent revenge film. It’s written with stale biker cliches by Michael Montgomery.
Ex-con Gary Busey, framed for a crime he did not do by crooked Sheriff Seymour Cassel, finds upon his prison release his town is terrorized by a criminal gang of biker drug-sellers, led by William Smith. They all wear black. The gang raids his house, kill his wife, beats him up and leave his daughter in a catatonic state.
While loud rock music plays in the background, Busey is a one-man army hunting down the bikers.
The result is an unpleasant thriller.
REVIEWED ON 3/29/2016 GRADE: C+