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Fist Fighter (1989)

R | | Action, Drama, Sport | 12 May 1989 (USA)
An ex-boxer comes back to a town called Rosario in South America taking revenge for the death of a friend.

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Director: Frank Zagarino
Stars: Edward Albert, Matthias Hues, Jorge Rivero
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C.J. Thunderbird (as George Rivero)
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Harry 'Punchy' Moses
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Ellen
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Billy Vance
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Moreno
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Rhino
Emiliano Redondo ...
Delgado
Eleazar Garcia Jr. ...
Muñes
Tony Isbert ...
Rains
Gus Rethwisch ...
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Jimmy Nickerson ...
King Bellinakov
José Chávez ...
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Jorge Reynoso ...
Lobo I
Manuel Benítez ...
Lobo II
Sergio Acosta ...
Lobo III
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C.J. Thunderbird, a down-on-his-luck professional fighter is informed that his old friend has been killed in an illegal fight. He finds out that the killer is a goon named Rhino and, with vengeance on his mind, tracks him down in Bolivia. The trouble is that the guy works for a local drug lord and the only way for C.J. to get to Rhino is to prove himself with his fists. However, the druglord doesn't want his best goon hurt, so he arranges for the corrupt local authorities to bust C.J. and send him to prison. The only way out is fighting the prison's monstrous colossal cage-fighting champ known as the Beast, who's never left an opponent breathing. Druglord's hot blond Caucasian girlfriend, Ellen, tired of being at the criminal's mercy, decides to help C.J. anyway she can. Even with all the odds against him, C.J. is no pushover and Rhino slowly becomes worried.

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Matthias Hues remembers his experience working on the movie as quite rough: Jimmy Nickerson split his lip twice while training for the fight scenes and Jorge Rivero legitimately knocked him out during filming. See more »

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Two words: Edward Albert
22 April 2003 | by (Lisbon, Portugal) – See all my reviews

The man who starred in the great "Butterflies are Free" and the not bad "Midway"; golden globe winner for the most promising newcomer in 1973, suddenly starts his way through the b-movie world.

In a similar way to what happened to names like Jan-Michael Vincent (after The Mechanic and Big Wednesday) and Timothy Bottoms (talented actor who starred in, for example, "The Last Picture Show" and "Johnny Got His Gun"), Edward Albert faded into anonymity after his first screen appearances and unfortunately (which his not happening to Mr. Bottoms) it seems very hard to recover the deserved statute of a good actor.

The screenplay is similar to many other movies, but specially the acting seems a bit better: names like the referred Edward Albert, George Rivero (Rio Lobo), Mike Connors (Gideon) and the real-life martial artist champion Mattias Hues are maybe the better thing in the whole movie.

With good fighting sequences and interesting moments, "Fistfighter" is a good title to watch instead of bad Norris or Seagal films.


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