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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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Robert A. Endelson

Writer:

Straw Weisman
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Cast

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)
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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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There is no greater violence than a father's revenge for the rape of his daughter See more »

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Crime | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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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:

Florida, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The film was rejected for a UK cinema certificate in 1981 by the BBFC and later ended up on the DPP 72 list of official video nasties. 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

Grandma Turner: Why, you poor white trash! If it wasn't for that gun, you'd be a yellow-streaked bum!
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Alternate Versions

The Australian classification board - the OFLC - passed the film uncut in 2005. The DVD version released by Stomp Visual in Australia is the same as the US unrated version. See more »

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Great entertainment, but certainly won't appeal to everyone
29 April 2004 | by aschepler2See all my reviews

FIGHT FOR YOUR LIFE (1977) **** William Sanderson, Robert Judd, Dan Faraldo, Peter Yoshida. If there was ever a movie that could push the audience's buttons, it was Fight for Your Life. During its limited theatrical run, it reportedly caused near riots in theaters wherever it was shown. It's easy to see why. The movie follows three escaped convicts, led by racist hillbilly psychopath Jesse Cain (William Sanderson), who take an African-American family hostage in their home and torture them. Cain spews vicious racial epithets almost constantly as he and his cohorts (who, ironically enough, are Latino and Asian) subject the family to a host of racial and sexual humiliations. Though it's easy to dismiss as mere exploitation, Fight for Your Life speaks volumes about what America had on its collective mind in the late 1970's, reflecting anxieties about the effects of drugs, violent crime and volatile race relations on the country. Of course, it's also great entertainment. Thanks to a strong script from Straw Weisman and Robert Endelson's smart direction, there's never a dull moment in this film, though it certainly isn't for all viewers.


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