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Live by the Fist (1993)

R | | Action, Crime, Drama | 7 July 1993 (USA)
A man is unjustly convicted of a brutal crime. In prison he must fight for survival, justice and freedom.


Cirio H. Santiago


Charles Philip Moore (screenplay)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Jerry Trimble ... John Merill
George Takei ... Uncle Coronado
Ted Markland ... Sacker
Laura Albert ... Helen Ferris
Vic Diaz ... Warden Acosta
Romy Diaz Romy Diaz ... Alvarez
Roland Dantes Roland Dantes ... Captain Vargas
Berting Labra Berting Labra ... Jojo
Ramon D'Salva Ramon D'Salva ... Fuentes
Zernan Manahan Zernan Manahan ... Glasses
Nick Nicholson Nick Nicholson ... Greasemonkey
Steve Rogers Steve Rogers ... Porky
Jim Moss Jim Moss ... Lude
Archi Adamos ... Lopez (as Archie Adamos)
Ronald Asinas Ronald Asinas ... Ocho


A man is unjustly convicted of a brutal crime. In prison he must fight for survival, justice and freedom.

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Action | Crime | Drama


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John Merril, ex-SEAL, set-up for the rape and killing of a Philippine woman, is summarily judged and condemned for life at the 'Bolera Prison Colony', a Pilipino name. However, a Portuguese flag is seen in close-up, and then beaten by the wind as the ship taking him approaches the island of the warlord Acosta. Portugal has no colonies since 1975, and administered the Chinese territory of Macao up to December 17, 1999 - and that's a peninsula. No western character in the film is supposed to be Portuguese. See more »


[after crushing a "gook" with a boulder]
Sacker: Sorry about your girl friend!
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Alternate Versions

The UK VHS PAL version has one minute cut of some violence, including a topless Phillipine woman (uncredited) who has her throat cut by Chavez early in the film. See more »


Remake of Bloodfist III: Forced to Fight (1992) See more »

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Die from laughter...
15 June 2006 | by fmarkland32See all my reviews

Jerry Trimble stars as John Merill, an ex-Navy SEAL who is wrongfully imprisoned for the death of a woman.(He stepped in to stop a rape and after killing the bad guy, he got framed by the bad guy's friends) He's forced to spend the rest of his life in a hellhole prison, however the corrupt guards and warden(Vic Diaz) are mistreating prisoners and the human rights people are interested in these allegations. This is because of Uncle(George Takei) who has proof of all the wrong doings, however Uncle and John Merill must survive not only the gangs but also the corrupt guards and warden. Live By The Fist is easily among one of the worst movies I ever saw. I saw this on Cinemax about 12 years ago and it was really something to watch. The dubbing is uniformly awful with Trimble, Markland and Takei as the only cast members who actually put in their own voices. The acting is terrible and even George Takei is awful. Trimble does some okay footwork but basically this is far too awful to be even worth it for action fans. Camp fans will find much to laugh at but I was too bored to even find this much fun. Maybe I should see it again...

1/2* out of 4-(Awful)

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