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Fight for Your Life (1977)

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This video is mostly taken up by talking about vengeance rather than getting on with the job. A mean trashy exploitation picture about three convicts who escape from jail and hole up at the... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Judd ...
Catherine Peppers ...
Mrs. Turner
Lela Small ...
Grandma Turner
Yvonne Ross ...
Corrie Turner
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Floyd Turner (as Reginald Bythewood)
Ramon Saunders ...
Val Turner
Queenie Endelson ...
Dog
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Jessie Lee Kane
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Chino
Peter Yoshida ...
Ling
Bonnie Martin ...
Karen
David Cargill ...
Lt. Reilly
Richard A. Rubin ...
Captain Hamilton
David Dewlow ...
Joey
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Tony (as Nick Mariano)
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This video is mostly taken up by talking about vengeance rather than getting on with the job. A mean trashy exploitation picture about three convicts who escape from jail and hole up at the house of a black minister. There's a few nasty scene's where the ministers family are being repeatedly terrorised by the thugs. In the end the minister turns the tables on the 3 convicts and gives them their just desserts. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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16 May 1980 (West Germany)  »

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The film was rejected for a UK cinema certificate in 1981 by the BBFC and later ended up on the DPP 72 list of official video nasties. See more »

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The first time we see the Turner family's pet dog on the couch, a wire is seen and a hand to the left of the screen is clearly moving up and down. The wire is attached to the dogs tail and is being used to wag its tail, suggesting the dog is being friendly. See more »

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Grandma Turner: Why, you poor white trash! If it wasn't for that gun, you'd be a yellow-streaked bum!
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I'm surprised they could make something this politically incorrect even in the 70s!
8 July 2007 | by (Worcester, MA) – See all my reviews

This is just another cheap imitation of "Last House on the Left", but its one of the best variations on the theme that reaped in the original's wake. Unlike "Last House on the Left", "Fight for Your Life" doesn't really present any credible moral dilemmas or social commentary that made "Last House" the source of much controversy. This places it solely in the exploitation category. Despite the incredibly politically incorrect nature of the film, "Fight for Your Life" is nowhere near as disturbing as "Last House" because of its simple exploitation nature. However, this also makes it much more enjoyable than Craven's classic. Don't get me wrong however, as this will still come as shocking to many modern viewer's sensibilities (this is the kind of product you could only get away with in the 70s). Many sequences come across as simply being tasteless as opposed to making the viewers actually think. I guess to appeal to an inner-city market, the filmmakers avoid asking you to question the nature of both parties' violence in equal measure.

For an exploitation film, this is adequately made. The direction by Robert A. Endelson keeps everything suspenseful and at a very quick pace. The acting is also effective, including Robert Judd as the sympathetic head of the attacked household and William Sanderson as the psychotic and relentless racist. The characters don't really have any depth (their actions are never fully explained or believable), but this would lessen the film's effect as a good exploitation flick. For grindhouse fans, it doesn't get much more depraved than "Fight for Your Life". The film is trash, but its good trash. (8/10)


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