An Eye for an Eye (1981 film)

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An Eye for an Eye
Promotional film poster
Directed by Steve Carver
Produced by Frank Capra, Jr.
Robert Rehme
Written by James Bruner
William Gray
Starring Chuck Norris
Christopher Lee
Richard Roundtree
Matt Clark
Mako Iwamatsu
Maggie Cooper
Music by William Goldstein
Cinematography Roger Shearman
Edited by Anthony Redman
Adams Apple Production Company
South Street Films
Westcom Barber International
Distributed by Embassy Pictures (U.S.)
New World-Mutual (Canada)
Release dates
  • August 14, 1981 (1981-08-14) (U.S.)
Running time
106 minutes approx.
Country United States
Language English
Box office $7,496,681 (US)[1]

An Eye for an Eye is a 1981 American action film directed by Steve Carver, and starring Chuck Norris, Christopher Lee, Richard Roundtree, Matt Clark, Mako Iwamatsu, and Maggie Cooper.


Sean Kane is forced to resign from the San Francisco Police Department's Narcotics Division when he goes berserk after his partner is murdered. He decides to fight alone and follows a trail of mafiosi into unexpected high places.


Undercover San Francisco narcotics cops Sean Kane (Chuck Norris) and Dave Pierce (Terry Kiser) head into a dark alley to meet up with an informant by the name of Tony Montoya (Mel Novak) who promises to break their big investigation wide open by providing the name of the oriental drug ringleader. Minutes later, Pierce is dead after having been shot, hit by a car, and burned. Kane gets into trouble with his boss, Captain Stevens (Richard Roundtree), for sending one of the killers flying out a third story window to his death in full public view right after the incident. Rather than face discipline, and told to keep his distance by his superiors, Kane now decides to quit the force, and sets out to exact vengeance.

Kane is not the only one who is angry; Dave’s girlfriend, reporter Linda Chan (Rosalind Chao), is too, and she vows to bring the drug gang down herself by way of investigative reporting and public exposure. However, when Linda uncovers the secret that Kane and Pierce never found, she, too, is killed. Kane sets out for revenge, and so does Linda's grieving father James Chan (Mako Iwamatsu). Together they get to the bottom of things and bring down the drug gang, and its unexpected leader.


  • Chuck Norris as Sean Kane
  • Christopher Lee as Morgan Canfield
  • Richard Roundtree as Capt. Stevens
  • Matt Clark as Tom McCoy
  • Mako Iwamatsu as James Chan
  • Maggie Cooper as Heather Sullivan
  • Rosalind Chao as Linda Chan
  • Professor Toru Tanaka as The Professor
  • Stuart Pankin as Nicky LaBelle
  • Terry Kiser as Dave Pierce
  • Mel Novak as Tony Montoya
  • Dorothy Dells as Cab Driver (Veterans Cab Company)
  • Dov Gottesfeld as Doctor (Coroners Office)
  • Rick Prieto as Stark
  • Sam Hiona as Ambler
  • J.E. Freeman as Tow Truck Dude
  • Joe Bellan as Truck Driver
  • Daniel Forrest as VW Driver (Accident Victim)
  • Joe De Nicola as Parlor Manager
  • Jeffrey Bannister as Man on Walkie-Talkie
  • Robert Behling as Coroner
  • Edsel Fung as Chinese Proprietor
  • Harry Wong as China Shop Owner
  • Nancy Fish as Reporter #1
  • Gary T. New as Reporter #2
  • Joe Lerer as Reporter #3
  • Michael B. Christy as Reporter #4
  • Earl Nichols as Officer Ed
  • Don Pike as Watcher
  • Tim Cubertson as Policeman
  • Kelly Jo Horton as Background Artist
  • Douglas Meyers as Swat Commander


  1. ^ "An Eye for an Eye - Box Office Data". The Numbers. Retrieved 28 July 2011. 

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