Eye of the Tiger (1986) - Rotten Tomatoes

Eye of the Tiger (1986)





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Gary Busey stars as an ex-con who vows revenge after his wife is murdered by a motorcycle gang.more
Rating: R (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Michael Montgomery
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On DVD: Mar 22, 2005
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Gary Busey
as Buck Mathews
Yaphet Kotto
as J.B. Deveraux
Bert Remsen
as Father Healey
Denise Galik
as Christie
Judith Barsi
as Jennifer
Brigette Muller
as Kidnapped Girl
Kathryn Fuller
as Bingo Lady
Jorge Gil
as Jamie
Nicolas Testa
as Rolls Royce Driver
Eric Boles
as Doctor
Ray Habercorn
as Police Officer
Brigitte Müller
as Kidnaped Girl
Thomas Rosales Jr.
as Jamie's Relative
Jim Staskel
as Raider-Napper
Nicholas Testa
as Rolls Royce Driver
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Critic Reviews for Eye of the Tiger

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (1)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

An unpleasant thriller.

Full Review… | April 2, 2016
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

...yes, Survivor's Eye of the Tiger can be heard on the soundtrack - a whopping and wholly unnecessary three times...

Full Review… | May 27, 2005
Reel Film Reviews

October 10, 2005
Fantastica Daily

September 14, 2005

Audience Reviews for Eye of the Tiger


Gary Busey takes the law into his own hands when a biker gang murder his wife and put his daughter into a comatose state. The power of Busey is strong in this one, but what isnâ(TM)t strong is the soundtrack. I do give credit that the evil biker gang does go out of its way to be evil. I also give credit that a super criminal lays pity on Busey by way of a private arsenal and a super truck. Heroes rarely get it so good in these tales. Not the best film, but fun with friends.


The Scotti Brothers had a mediocre record label that hit it big when the group Survivor recorded the smash hit single for "Rocky 3". Never the ones to let anything die peacefully, they once again recycled the song and the title a few years later with the film "Eye of the Tiger", a poor man's excuse for a revenge thriller. This is by-the-numbers in every way, with a lackluster lead performance by Gary Busey. He makes much better bad guy than he does a hero, as he proved in the original "Lethal Weapon".
But this film's failure doesn't rest solely on his shoulders as everything about this reeks of blandness. The script is weak, as are all of the characters. In order for any action movie to be successful, it needs a good villain, and once again this forgettable flick drops the ball. The biker gang here, led by a duller-than-usual William Smith is more laughable than menacing. Why they chose to terrorize this vacant wasteland of a town is a complete mystery. Busey doesn't even really seem to mind when they murder his wife, even going as far as to hit on the nurse in the hospital right after her death.
And despite the film's lack of originality, it does feature some odd and laughably bad murder scenes, such as the death by overdose and the infamous dynamite stick up the ass. If only the screenwriters had that much imagination with the rest of "Eye of the Tiger". That badass truck might have given K.I.T.T. an inferiority complex back in the day, but today, it's just as silly as everything else in this lame revenge flick.

Timothy Sanders

Nothing spectacular, normal story of innocent man released from prison and despised by local authority. Who of course are corrupt, then he destroys the bad guys though losing most of his family.

Eye of the Tiger Quotes

Buck Mathews: It's time to DELIVER the GARBAGE!
– Submitted by Steve D (4 years ago)

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