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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Bruce Lee ... The Martial Arts Master (archive footage)

Fred Williamson ... Hammer, the ladies man
Ron Van Clief ... The Boxer

Adolph Caesar ... TV Anchorman
Aaron Banks ... The Promoter
Bill Louie ... Kato #2
Teruyuki Higa ... Karate Instructor
Gail Turner ... The Rape Victim
Richard Barathy ... The Stone Smasher
Hollywood Browde ... Hammer's Girlfriend
Louis Neglia ... The Middleweight Champion
Cydra Karlyn ... The Boxer's Girlfriend
Annette Bronson ... The Jogger
John Flood ... Cyclone
Ron Harvey ... Jasper Milktoast
Mark Messina ... Animal
Raymond Loperfido ... Blade
George Lopez ... Tornado
Charles Odwin ... Robot
Raymond F. Martineau ... Boxer (as Raymond Marinteau)
Frankie Italo ... Tattoo
Angelo Spergo ... Magician
Alphonse Hewitt ... Killer
David Pedernera ... Doc
Danny Reilly ... Bullit
Glen Perry ... Threads
Dean Brockway ... Bike Man
Danny Weatherspoon ... Bomber

Ricardo Cruz ... Macho Man (as Richard Cruz)
Jose Miranda ... Flash
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Clint Eastwood ... Himself, at the Academy Awards (archive footage) (uncredited)

Liza Minnelli ... Herself, at the Academy Awards (archive footage) (uncredited)

John Wayne ... Himself, at the Academy Awards (archive footage) (uncredited)

Raquel Welch ... Herself, at the Academy Awards (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Matthew Mallinson 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ron Harvey  screenplay
Ron Harvey  story
Matthew Mallinson  story

Produced by
Terry Levene .... producer
Original Music by
Keith Mansfield 
Cinematography by
John Hazard (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Jeffrey D. Brown  (as Jeffrey Brown)
Matthew Mallinson 
Makeup Department
Jean Morris .... makeup artist
Production Management
Scott D. Hello .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Vincent Giordano .... assistant director
John Gray .... second unit director
Sound Department
Jeffrey D. Brown .... sound (as Jeffrey Brown)
Russell C. Fager .... sound editor (as Russell Fager)
James Y. Kwei .... sound (as Jimmy Kwei)
Skip Lievsay .... sound editor (as John Lievsay)
Aaron Nathanson .... sound re-recording mixer
Brian Wierda .... sound editor
Bill Louie .... stunt coordinator
Ron Van Clief .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Daniel Ducovny .... camera operator (as Dan Decovney)
Buffy Gardella .... still photographer
Kevin Jones .... gaffer
Lisa Rinzler .... assistant camera (as Liza Rinzler)
Harry Savides .... key grip
Editorial Department
Cheryl Bloch .... assistant editor
Buffy Gardella .... assistant editor
Paul Kahaner .... assistant editor
Anne-Marie J. McNeil .... assistant editor
Music Department
Keith Mansfield .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Other crew
Jim Harte .... production assistant
Terry Levene .... presenter
Laura Milado .... assistant to producer
Rudy Pagan .... Rolls Royce
Camila Velez .... script supervisor
Frank Ruiz .... special thanks: Nisei Goju Ryu
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Fist of Fear" - USA (video box title)
"The Dragon and the Cobra" - USA (video title)
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90 min | USA:82 min | 85 min (DVD)
Color (Technicolor) | Black and White
Sound Mix:
Iceland:16 | Norway:16 (video premiere) | Singapore:PG | USA:R

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Only look to this for comedy!, 7 September 2003
Author: Andy Troy ( from Hempstead, NY

FIST OF FEAR, TOUCH OF DEATH is to the martial-arts genre what KILLER CLOWNS FROM OUTER SPACE is to the horror genre; it is pure and utter exploitational shlock...and yet it is hysterically, unintentionally funny.

Despite what others have said about this film being a "disgrace" to the name of Bruce Lee, I found it as more of a tribute, despite its numerous references to "Bruce Lee's successor." The general story is that the Madison Square Gardens is hosting a tournament to determine the aforementioned "successor," with Oscar-winner (not for THIS film!) Adolph Caesar as the hokey announcer. Also along for the ride is Fred "The Hammer" Williamson, determined to make his mark upon the blaxploitation world!! Through a series of poor flashbacks, the pair relate Bruce's (purely fictional) story.

The writer of this film certainly has a talent for penning crap, and yet my friends and I couldn't help but laugh so hard we cried. Clips from an old Chinese soap opera are re-dubbed to make Bruce's "biography," which then introduce a flashback-IN-a-flashback (got that?) about Bruce's great-grandfather, who was apparently a samurai. The footage for this segment is taken from INVINCIBLE SUPER CHAN, a cult classic in its own right due to a numerous wire tricks, a midget, and some guy with an abacus. Who knows what the writer of FIST OF FEAR was thinking when he wrote this...however, who cares??

The laughs that FIST OF FEAR will cause are practically nonstop, from Williamson's white beeyotch who insists on "making it a six-pack", to his being mistaken for Harry Belafonte, to Bill Louie's cameo as "Green Hornet"'s Kato (he kills a would-be rapist with shurikens!). The actual tournament footage is poor, and yet as a viewer you probably won't even care. After all, Adolph Caesar's final words about there being "no true successor to such a master" seem to make the whole movie alright.

Overall, FIST OF FEAR is a keeper. Show it to your friends, bring lots of snacks, and sit back to have a good long laugh. My rating: 8/10

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