Eye of the Tiger (1986)

Genres - Action  |   Sub-Genres - Biker Film  |   Release Date - Nov 28, 1986 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 90 min.  |   Countries - USA  |   MPAA Rating - R
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Eye Of The Tiger takes its title -- and part of its soundtrack -- from the song of the same name by Survivor but the music is incidental to the action here. Michael Montgomery's script takes a basic revenge-film scenario and gives it a lean, straight-faced treatment that keeps the slender storyline moving at just the right pace, with the right amount of color to keep things interesting. Richard Sarafian gives the tale a stylish veneer, making effective use of Peter Lyons Collister's slick cinematography and some atmospheric locations to give the film the feel of a modernized Western. He also handles the action, peppering the film with a handful of setpieces and standoffs that get the blood pumping. Best of all, the film has a fantastic cast: Gary Busey makes for a charismatic and sympathetic hero while William Smith creates a mysterious, frightfully intense bad guy. Elsewhere, Seymour Cassel chews the scenery in an endearing manner as the town's sleazy sheriff and Yaphet Kotto lends solid support as the one lawman willing to come to Busey's aid. The end result is modest but effective -- it won't be confused for a classic but it gets the job done with style and economy. In short, anyone who likes action fare -- particularly that of the 1980's variety -- will find Eye Of The Tiger to be a tidy little surprise.