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Fight for Your Life (1977)

Fight for Your Life





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Movie Info

Willy Sanderson stars in the politically incorrect supsense film about an escaped convict who, along with two others, holds a black family hostage.more
Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Straw Weisman
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 15, 2005


Robert Judd
as as Ted Turner
Reggie Rock Bythewoo...
as as Floyd Turner
Yvonne Ross
as as Corrie Turner
William Sanderson
as as Jessie Lee
Lela Small
as as Grandma Turner
Catherine Peppers
as as Mrs. Turner
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All Critics (3)

A vile low-budget film.

Full Review… | March 28, 2007
TV Guide's Movie Guide

A Jeff Foxworthy record from Hell

Full Review… | February 26, 2004
Film Freak Central

August 17, 2005

Audience Reviews for Fight for Your Life


It's not a horror film but this tasteless exploitation piece was deemed controversial enough in the UK to make the video nasties list and is still banned to this day! But is it any good? Well that depends on your personal taste. If you don't mind politically incorrect grindhouse movies then you'll enjoy this more than others would. It's a home-invasion movie featuring indiscriminate murder, rape, humiliation and racist language. But for all those unpleasantries the most shocking moment in the film would the killing of the young boy which really was quite brutal. Much is made of the racist tones in the film, mostly from the lead villian played brilliantly by William Sanderson. But the racist insults fly from all directions, including from the black family and the other two villains, one is Mexican and the other Chinese... it all got quite humourous at times! It's too cheesy to get really riled up about so I had fun with it.

Lee ?

Super Reviewer


Picture a REALLY racist version of The Desperate Hours. The gang is lead by a redneck J.F. Sebastian from Blade Runner and the family are baptist blacks. It's nowhere nearly as homoerotic as this poster suggests. The NY intro is fun and despite this being one of the most politically incorrect movies ever made, it's for lack of a better term... fun as a time capsule. It's also safe to say this one will never get remade.

Michael Gildea

Super Reviewer

William Sanderson is amazingly sleazy in this Exploitation classic, sparing no racist slur as he and his group of escaped cons torment and torture a black preacher's family in their home near the woods. The family eventually has enough and rises up against their tormentors, as one expects in a film of this sort.

The film is very mean-spirited, not even sparing the children in the violence, but it goes a long way to sell the final act, when the family has had enough.

This is a great little Exploitation film, well worth a look.

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