Act Of Vengeance

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In 1969, an administrator runs against the corrupt president of the United Coal Miners Union, and becomes the target of a murder plot. His was an act of defiance. Theirs was an act of vengeance.

ACTORS :  Charles Bronson, Ellen Burstyn, Wilford Brimley

YEAR OF RELEASE :  1986

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Act Of Vengeance  Fact-based story about the corruption that occurred during the United Mine Workers’ 1969 presidential elections. Jock Yablonski was a loyal follower of then chief Tony Boyle. That all changed after 80 men are killed in an unsafe West Virginia coal mine and Boyle defended the mine owners. At his wife’s urging and in fear of his life, Yablonski launched his campaign. And in fact, he became the target of assassins.

A lot of brilliant acting went into this film

Act Of Vengeance  In 1985, in the city of Toronto Canada, I was a movie extra in “Act of Vengeance”. Although the weather was very hot,Charles Bronson and Wilfred Brimley did an outstanding acting job in this HBO film. I watched as both Wilfred and Charles concentrated on their lines while the director made ready the scenes they were to act in. There were very little retakes as the words flowed out of their mouths with no mistakes. Both were very professional actors. I was honoured, while on the set by Mr. Bronson for doing a good job as an extra. He picked up a poster used as a backdrop in one of the scenes and signed his name to it and handed it to me. It was a black and white picture of Charles with the words “For Democracy…Vote Yablonski”. I still treasure it in my home. I viewed the film after it came out and found it sad that such an act could have been committed in the USA. The story told here happened in real life, so I was told while on the set of this film. I found that all who were in this film did an outstanding job making it come to life on the big screen, showing the evil lurking and hidden behind politics of those who hold high positions and just how hard the little man must fight for recognition and what he or she needs to be safe in the common work place. Since my first viewing I have watched it many times and will watch it many more. It’s a superb film in my eyes, and yes, I have seen myself in the film and am proud to be part of it.

I might also add, that part of this film was also filmed in a small town called Waterdown Ontario, Located between Hamilton, and Toronto. It was while in Waterdown filming, that Charles signed my backdrop picture.

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