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8 October 1976 (USA) See more »
The Story Of A Man Who Dares To Stand His Ground-- Until They Blow It Out From Under Him! See more »
An Arkansas farmer stages a one-man war against corrupt land developers who want to evict him and his neighbors from their farms for real estate developments. | Add synopsis »
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Slick and engaging drive-in fare. See more (6 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Peter Fonda ... Tom Hunter
Gino Franco ... Dylan Hunter

Harry Northup ... Sheriff Len Skerritt

Philip Carey ... Pierce Crabtree

Noble Willingham ... Senator Hingle

John Doucette ... Jeff Hunter

Scott Glenn ... Charlie Hunter (as Scott Glen)

Lynn Lowry ... Lorene Maddox
Kathleen Miller ... Carolee Hunter
Ted Markland ... Hal Fraser
Laura Weatherford ... Fraser Child (as Laura Wetherford)
Gerry Weatherford ... Fraser Child (as Gerry Wetherford)
Peter Fain ... Gillette
Al Wyatt Sr. ... Judge O'Connor (as Allan Wyatt)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
George Armitage ... Man playing tennis (uncredited)
William Harrison ... Henchman in black (uncredited)
Maurice Jones ... Lorene Maddox's mother (uncredited)

Directed by
Jonathan Demme 
Writing credits
Jonathan Demme (written by)

Produced by
Roger Corman .... producer
Evelyn Purcell .... co-producer
Original Music by
Bruce Langhorne 
Cinematography by
Michael W. Watkins (director of photography) (as Michael Watkins)
Film Editing by
Anthony Magro 
Production Management
Neil Rapp .... assistant production manager
Paul Rapp .... in charge of production
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael D. Castle .... second assistant director (as Mike Castle)
David Osterhout .... first assistant director
Evelyn Purcell .... second unit director
Paul Rapp .... second unit director (uncredited)
Art Department
Doyle Hall .... visual consultant
Sound Department
Richard L. Anderson .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Don Coufal .... boom operator (uncredited)
Robert Gravenor .... sound mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Roger George .... special effects (uncredited)
William H. Burton Jr. .... stunt man (as Bill Burton)
Al Wyatt Jr. .... stunt man (as Allan Wyatt Jr.)
Al Wyatt Sr. .... stunt coordinator (as Allan Wyatt)
Camera and Electrical Department
William Birch .... additional photographer (as Bill Birch)
Jim Coe .... still photographer
Jack N. Green .... camera operator (as Jack Green)
Pete Hill .... assistant camera (as Peter Hill)
George Kohut .... assistant camera
Calvin Sterry .... key grip (as Cal Sterry)
Michael Van Howten .... gaffer
Tak Fujimoto .... director of photography: second unit (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Nan Hinds .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Lee Williams .... assistant editor
Music Department
Bruce Langhorne .... conductor
Other crew
Tikki Goldberg .... production coordinator
Eric Gorder .... stand-in (uncredited)
Charles Lippincott .... publicist (uncredited)
John Solie .... cover illustrator (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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90 min | USA:88 min (FMC Library Print)
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Like many other films, Peter Fonda provided his own artillery for the climatic scene where he infiltrates Crabtree's house.See more »
Continuity: When Len Skeritt gets up from the scuffle at the construction site, he puts his hat on, but when he walks over to grill the "security expert", he's seen putting his hat on again.See more »
Snaker:Maybe we should call the law!
Pierce Crabtree:Call the law, hell! Where are those goons?
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Slick and engaging drive-in fare., 31 May 2012
Author: Scott LeBrun (Hey_Sweden) from Canada

Jonathan Demme's third directorial effort for producer Roger Corman is good, solid revenge fare - manipulative, to be sure, but the manipulation is done with skill, and the characters and story are respectably entertaining. It's a story of two opponents, both possessed of an incredible stubbornness and obsessiveness. The good guy is farmer Tom Hunter (Peter Fonda, good as always), usually an easygoing guy but who CAN be pushed too far. He's returned home to his dad Jeff (John Doucette) with his son Dylan (Gino Franco) in tow. The bad guy is arrogant fat cat Pierce Crabtree (Philip Carey), a combination land developer / strip miner who wants to get his greedy mitts on certain properties, including Jeff's. The fat cat employs various thugs who infuriate Tom with their evil methods; Tom's cheery brother Charlie (Scott Glenn) is just one of the people victimized along the way. Demme directs a top notch cast in this heartfelt film. Also appearing is the delectable Lynn Lowry as Tom's girlfriend Lorene. Lowry even does a brief nude scene that's highly appreciated. Noble Willingham plays the mildly crooked senator in league with Crabtree, and Ted Markland the angry local farmer Hal Fraser. One thing is for sure, and that's that Demme does a fine job of working on our emotions and getting us to despise the villains and hope they get what's coming to them. The film also stresses the effect that Tom's relentlessness is having on Lorene and Jeff and doesn't portray him in a completely one dimensional manner. And while Crabtree may be an unsubtle villain, not all the supporting characters are stereotypes. Willinghams' senator is really not such a bad guy, and things are kept ambiguous as to whether Sheriff Len Skerritt (Demme regular Harry Northup) is also in Crabtrees' pocket. By the time "Fighting Mad" has reached its climax, we're all primed and ready for the inevitable bloodbath. It's exciting at times, harrowing in the scene of the burning barn, and nicely realized in one major set piece halfway through as Tom commits a night time act of sabotage; it's done as a crane shot. Bruce Langhorne's music, beautiful throughout, is especially effective during this sequence. The cinematography by Michael Watkins likewise impresses. The acting is solid all the way down the line, with Glenn immensely likable in his brief time on screen. All in all, this is good entertainment of its type, and well worth checking out for fans of the cast and actors. Eight out of 10.

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