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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 »

Director:

Robert A. Endelson

Writer:

Straw Weisman (original screenplay)
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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 Rodriguez
Peter Yoshida Peter Yoshida ... Ling Chow
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)
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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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89 Minutes of gut crunching terror! See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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R | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The marketing of this film was unique and unusual. For example, there was a theatrical trailer for the film that was geared toward Caucasian audiences, and another theatrical trailer for the film that was geared towards African-American audiences (using the alternate title of the movie, "Stayin' Alive"). Another example would be the teaser trailer, which was just an almost 30-second clip, without music and sound, of a still-photograph from the movie, along with the title and MPAA rating. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Jessie Lee Kane: [to Ted Turner] Repeat after me..."Yes sir massah Kane sir, all of us black-ass coons is hungry!"
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Alternate Versions

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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Featured in American Grindhouse (2010) See more »

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Entertaining, but definitely not for everyone
25 July 2013 | by Wizard-8See all my reviews

It's easy to see why "Fight For Your Life" would provoke certain viewers into a fury. The chief bad guy of the movie is an extreme racist, and over and over he subjects the black family that he holds hostage to various kinds of humiliation and degradation.

However, while the movie does have some shocking moments, I wasn't as offended as I thought I would be. There is a touch of an absurd (and comic) tone in the background of the movie throughout. This has the movie frequently going over the top, and thus it's often hard to take things completely seriously. Also, the performance of William Sanderson is one that's of the right note. Although you'll hate his character's guts, he is so energetic and playful that at the same time you'll find him entertaining.

But this movie is DEFINITELY not for everyone. If you haven't been offended by other notorious extreme exploitation movies like "Last House On The Left" and "I Spit On Your Grave", then it's probably safe to give this movie a look. If you are very politically correct and/or easily offended, stay away.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 May 1980 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Hostage See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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1.66 : 1
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