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Fight for Your Life (1977)

A mean trashy exploitation picture about three convicts who escape from jail and hole up at the house of a black minister. There are a few nasty scenes where the minister's family is being ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Judd Robert Judd ... Ted Turner
Catherine Peppers Catherine Peppers ... Mrs. Turner
Lela Small Lela Small ... Grandma Turner
Yvonne Ross Yvonne Ross ... Corrie Turner
Reggie Rock Bythewood ... Floyd Turner (as Reginald Bythewood)
Ramon Saunders Ramon Saunders ... Val Turner
Queenie Endelson Queenie Endelson ... Dog
William Sanderson ... Jessie Lee Kane
Daniel Faraldo ... Chino
Peter Yoshida Peter Yoshida ... Ling
Bonnie Martin Bonnie Martin ... Karen
David Cargill David Cargill ... Lt. Reilly
Richard A. Rubin Richard A. Rubin ... Captain Hamilton
David Dewlow David Dewlow ... Joey
Nick Hardin ... Tony (as Nick Mariano)


A mean trashy exploitation picture about three convicts who escape from jail and hole up at the house of a black minister. There are a few nasty scenes where the minister's family is being repeatedly terrorized 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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An unbelievable orgy of terror! (as "Blood Bath at 1313 Fury Road") See more »


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Release Date:

16 May 1980 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Hostage See more »

Filming Locations:

Florida, USA See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


When submitted to the Swedish censors in April 1981, with a running time of 85 minutes 31 seconds, the film was banned. Eight months later a heavily edited version was submitted, but the film was denied a certificate yet again, despite having suffered 3 minutes worth of cuts, running only 82 minutes 14 seconds. See more »


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 »


Ted Turner: The measure of a man is dignity.
Jessie Lee Kane: The measure of a man is POWER!
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Very graphic scene of boy getting head beaten to pulp with a rock has been cut from some prints. See more »


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Probably One Of The Most Offensive Films Ever - Unless You're A Scumbag Like Me...
20 February 2006 | by EVOL666See all my reviews

FIGHT FOR YOUR LIFE is a mediocre and mean-spirited rape/revenge film that's full of more colorful derogatory epithets than a KKK vs. Black Panthers street fight. I personally don't get offended by this type of dialogue...but FIGHT relies so heavily on the racist aspect of the characters that it's hard to see the actually semi-decent performances that are going on...

FIGHT is about three inmates, a white guy (the "leader" of the group who is also the guy that played "Larry" on the NEWHART TV show (!?!)), a Hispanic guy, and an Asian guy (sounds like the beginning of a bad joke, huh???), who break out of jail during a botched prison transfer. The three go on a short robbery and murder spree before kidnapping a black woman at a liquor store, and deciding to hole-up at her home until dark. At the home are also the woman's little brother, mother, father, and grandmother. "Larry" is a racist piece of white-trash sh!t and does nothing but hurl racial insults and make the family members say and do degrading things for his own entertainment (although I gotta admit, the "dance" scene IS kinda funny...). This goes on for about 80% of the films run-time, until the three convicts decide to rape the daughter. After that, the balance of power is shifted back and forth between the family and the convicts in a few uneven scenes where the lone gun that was initially handled by "Larry" changes hands a few times during some goofy fight scenes. The conclusion comes between "Larry" and the father of the family, in a "tense" stand-off in front of the cops.

First off...FIGHT FOR YOUR LIFE is a very mediocre rape/revenge film to begin with. I like this genre as a whole - but this one doesn't bring anything new to the genre, other than an uninteresting racist angle that wears itself thin after the first few amusing insults are hurled. The performances are pretty believable and the "action" is tense at moments - but my other big problem with FIGHT is that the revenge pay-off is way too quick and unfulfilling. Half of the reason to watch these films is to see the victims exact brutal and bloody revenge on their assailants - and this one doesn't deliver. Worth a look to the hardcore exploit fan - others will find FIGHT boring and/or offensive. 6/10

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