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Bloodfist III: Forced to Fight (1992)

R  |   |  Action  |  3 January 1992 (USA)
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Jimmy Boland is a man unjustly accused of a brutal crime. Within the prison he must fight for survival, freedom and justice.

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Jimmy Boland
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Samuel Stark
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Blue
Rick Dean ...
Wheelhead
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Taylor
John Cardone ...
Diddler
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Pisani
Stan Longinidis ...
Leadbottom
Tony DiBenedetto ...
Tony D (as Tony Di Benedetto)
Andre Rosey Brown ...
Clint
J.W. Smith ...
Sporty Black
Laura Stockman ...
Connie
Kevin Davis ...
Stewart (as Kevin N. Davis)
Peter Cunningham ...
Champ (as Peter "Sugarfoot" Cunningham)
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Jimmy Boland is a man unjustly accused of a brutal crime. Within the prison he must fight for survival, freedom and justice.

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Due to its poor box office performance, this is the last film of the Bloodfist series to be released theatrically. See more »

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Samuel Stark: Let the Brother Supreme show us all how it's done.
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The first three people listed in the opening credits (Don Wilson, Stan Longinidis, Peter Cunnngham) are karate champions, and below them are the titles they hold, as done with the previous two entries of the series. See more »

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Follows Bloodfist II (1990) See more »

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Story Synopsis: Sent to prison for ten years after being falsely convicted of manslaughter by racist cops, Jimmy Boland comes to the rescue of a friend who is being raped by the prison kingpin, Luther. He is too late to save the friend but manages to kill Luther. Unfortunately in the process he embarrasses the prison's director in front of visiting reporters. Shipped over to the worst part of the prison as punishment, Boland is courted by the white supremacists who applaud his killing of Luther & marked as a target by a black gang led by Luther's second in command, the psychotic Blue. Boland tries to stay neutral but with both sides seeking him as a prize, he is forced to use his formidable fighting skills in order to stay alive.

Film Analysis: This is the third in the series that began with BLOODFIST, Roger Corman's attempt to cash in on the martial arts craze that began with Jean-Claude Van Damme's films in the late 1980s. Unlike the first two films in the series, Forced to fight is not related in terms of storyline. The only connection with the first two Bloodfist films is the casting of Don "The Dragon" Wilson, a world kickboxing champion turned actor who came to fame in the original Bloodfist. He has appeared in all of the Bloodfist films except for the very last one.

Forced to Fight, despite its Bloodfist pedigree, is not based on kickboxing. Instead it is a prison film (although it came out a year after Van Damme made a similar film called DEATH WARRANT, giving it a sense of irony). The film's fight scenes are more realistic than previous films, with the characters easier to knock down than the seemingly superhuman kickboxers of the previous two films. Even Wilson himself seems to be a little easier to wound in this one, but still remains a formidable fighter.

Forced to Fight concentrates on the human side of things, with a storyline that revolves around the usual issues that plague prisons – namely the inherent racism & class warfare that are present in any prison you find. Although the story is quite simplistic in its morality & has characters that range from the well-drawn to the one-dimensional cardboard cut-outs. The shifting allegiances between the prisoners is interesting, even if it seems a bit predictable. The only problem with the film is that, as a Bloodfist film, it fails to use kickboxing as an anchor for its action. It is not even an action film. Instead it is just a prison film.

If you're looking for a film that showcases martial arts over everything else, you'd best stick with the first two Bloodfist films. Forced to Fight marks the series' transition from kickboxing to generic action, despite the passable storyline found here. Despite having a (rather tenuous, it seems) connection to the earlier Bloodfist films, Forced to Fight doesn't have what it takes to rise above the flood of DTV films coming out in the 1990s. It is not even the most memorable action film of 1991.

The acting here is quite good, despite some of the actors not given much to work with. Wilson manages to give a serviceable performance here – there is a scene where, when asked about what he considers to be power, Wilson holds up his fist & states "This is my power." That statement alone holds up the entire series to account. Richard Roundtree is clearly the best actor in the film, giving another of his good performances as the jailhouse lawyer.


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