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The excessive violence in this action thriller makes New York City look like the site of a civil war -- or rather, a nauseatingly uncivil war fought between factory workers allied with neighborhood citizens against their enemies: drug pushers and other low-lifes. At first the worker Eddie Merino (Robert Forster) refuses to join a vigilante movement, but when his wife is stabbed and his son killed by a Puerto Rican gang, Eddie eventually opts for his own right to kill. His decision is not allowed to come quickly, he is made to agonize a bit longer. When the gang leader (singer Willie Colón) who… More

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Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"There's a certain laudable doggedness in its creation, I guess"
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"A typically inept effort from William Lustig..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"jets past moral qualms and cuts right into our most feverish sense of righteousness"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
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