Vigilante Force

Synopsis: After oil is found in a small town and local factory shut down, violent crime skyrockets. A young man has had enough and calls in his older brother, a cynical Vietnam vet, who cleans the streets but then tries to take over the town.
89 min

- Howdy, Ben.

- Good morning.

Hi Daddy.

- You were asleep when I left this morning.

- I got your note.

- Did you shoot down all your clay pigeons?

- Targets, honey.

Oh, you men...

Was this one of Mommy's favorites?

I think so.

Come on, come on, movie it,

it's all over your head!

Come on, come on, that's it ladies.

Come on, come on, what's a little typhoid.

Come on.

Hey, chief, what happened?

Everybody flashing one?

Ben, the plumbing in this town

went straight downhill when we

- changed over flood houses.

- That's progress, Chief. Just progress.

And now with all these

new people moving in.

Well safe your Sears catalogue...

Come on, come on,

it's not over your head.

- Alright, I'm late.

- You're fired.

- Do you know why?

- Your rooster died.

I used that one too many

times already, Molly.

Traffic jam. Hell I got

caught in a traffic jam.

This kind of traffic in Elk Hills?

This is God's country.

If this is God's country,

usually there's a hideout.

Gino will be along soon to

walk you to school, hon.

I know.

What you got in there?

What the hell...

The market.

Hold it.

Freeze! Police! Freeze! Freeze.

The Federal always tell Empire Pacific.

You gonna open up the oil reserves.

We better hire the unemployed.

- What kind of people are they?

- Workers doing their job.

And it's the scum that followed them in.

Looking for that fast buck

that's causing your trouble.

Homer, I bought 12 cakes last Sunday.

And you realise Mayor Bradford,

that the deposits at my bank alone

have gone up a quarter of a

million since they've been here.

Ah, sheep to be sheared.

Ben, you moving any of them tractors?

Hey business isn't bothering me. What's

happened to our lives has got me worried.

Oh hell Ben, you know if the

defense department had open

their belts those years ago we

have all been rich by now.

That's right. We've earned it, Ben.

It's our turn now.

Thank God for the energy crisis.

Thank Allah.

- Chief, Ben...

- Ok, let's have it.

Well, we ain't been able to

walk down Front Street in months.

If I want to live with the

degenerates I'd move to L.A.

Ok Harry, we know you lost a couple

of rookie policemen defending this town.

I can't be everywhere at once.

Ben, I'm down to a four men force.

Then what are we supposed to do?

Just walk away and let whoever

wants to take this town?

Maybe we should augment our police force.

You know, I've had flyers stacked

up in every police department

in Southern Califonia for the past year.

Well, can we swear in our

own auxiliary police force?

You need tough trained men.

Good intentions don't make a cop.

- Your brother. Aaron.

- What, are you drunk Shakey?

Aaron was the biggest problem

I ever had in this town.

- Till now.

- Now look. He's a genuine war hero.

He must have picked up something

in 3 tours of duties of Vietnam.

- Hired guns on my force?

- Chief...

It ain't your force.

You the one looking for me?

- Ben, what the hell you doing here?

- Wanna talk. Got a minute?

You talk fast. I'm on duty.

Do you know what's been

going on in Elk Hills lately?

Same as always, I suppose.

Flat nothing.

Well, we got us a problem,

Big problem.

A couple of thousand oil workers

and their friends showed up

when they opened up

the Elk Hills oil reserves.

Indeed, they finally open that thing up

man? All them rednecks want to get rich?

Yeah, maybe.

- Trouble?

- Yeah.

All they can screw up our free land.

Aaron, they want you to

come back and help out.

Hey Arnold, this ain't the war. You're on

a coffee break, not an overnight pass.

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George Armitage

George Armitage (born 1942) is an American film director, screenwriter and producer. He got his start as part of the stable of up-and-coming filmmakers who broke into the business through Roger Corman's New World Pictures. He is most well known as the director of the films Miami Blues and Grosse Pointe Blank. more…

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