Fighting Back (Death Vengeance)
Fighting Back (Death Vengeance) (1982)

A storekeeper (Tom Skerritt) turns vigilante. Patti LuPone. Vince: Michael Sarrazin. Ivanhoe: Yaphet Kotto. Michael: David Rasche. Directed by Lewis Teague.

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Rated: R
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Release Date: May 21, 1982
DVD Release Date: February 26, 1992
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Critic Score: 20% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Gary Arnold
Washington Post

A good deal of acting talent is wasted on negligible or disreputable material in Fighting Back.

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TV Guide

A muddled narrative undercuts this overly ambitious film's attempt to explore urban vigilantism, and diffuses any insights the film might have offered.

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Richard F. Shepard
New York Times

Although the message does not get delivered with crystal clarity, the movie is fast-moving, attention-holding and even thoughtprovoking.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Ambitious but heavily flawed urban thriller.

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Paul Taylor
Time Out

There's political conscience somewhere in the script which places its hero as a blood-lust racist and an opportunist politico, but it's all too easily drowned by the crowd-pleaser set pieces of 'righteous' revenge.

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Flixster Audience Score: 40% Flixster User Reviews
Steve K
Effective, if a bit silly. Skerritt is earnest, though never quite Italian.