A town has been taken hostage. Who will win the battle? Only the mighty will survive.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sheriff Ike Slayton
Maria Montoya Slayton
Colonel Johnson
Warden E. Barles
Police Lieutenant
Blake Conway ...
Lyle Alzado ...
Sgt. Conlan
Collin Bernsen ...
Nancy Schuster ...


When a large group of escaped convicts take Ike Slayton, a Vietnam veteran's wife hostage, Slayton enlists the help of his old army friend in a furious search to find her, while a hard-nosed National Guardsman leads a platoon of solders determined to kill or capture all the convicts, even if it means killing all the hostages in the crossfire. Written by matt-282

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11 January 1991 (USA)  »

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Hang Fire  »

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Hang fire? Yes, the rope burnt and the criminals who made this film escaped.
25 November 2000 | by (Red Earth, Saskatchewan) – See all my reviews

"HANGFIRE" is a truly awful film. Only some nice crashes and a valiant performance by Jan Michael Vincent save this film from Grade Z kitsch. The direction is shoddy, the dialogue is a collection of cliches and much of the acting is amateurish. At times I found myself thinking this was a high school film class production. I also found myself muting the sound and making up more original dialogue to entertain myself. The only reason I watched the video to the end was to see if the quality improves. It doesn't. The only thing I have to recommend this film is the performance of Jan Michael Vincent. His character is a regular army stereotype: brushcut, dark sunglasses, pipe smoking, "will not negotiate" carbon cut out. Vincent actually rises above the formula as a rose in the stinkweed patch.

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