Release dateNovember 1977 (1977-11) (New York City) CastRobert Judd (Ted Turner), Catherine Peppers (Mrs. Turner), Lela Small (Grandma Turner), Yvonne Ross (Corrie Turner), Reggie Rock Bythewood (Floyd Turner), Ramon Saunders (Val Turner) Similar moviesBloody Moon, Trauma, Irreversible, I Spit on Your Grave III: Vengeance is Mine, Mad Max: Fury Road, Act of Vengeance
TaglineThere is no greater violence than a father's revenge for the rape of his daughter.
Fight for your life 1977 trailer
Fight for Your Life is a 1977 American grindhouse action film directed by Robert A. Endelson and starring William Sanderson and Robert Judd. It was presented at the Quentin Tarantino Film Festival in the QT Six Lineup showing held in October 2005. The story revolves around three criminals (a White, Mexican, and Asian male) who hold a Black family hostage and forces them to fight for their lives.
Sanderson plays Kane, a hate-fuelled racist redneck who absconds from jail with his sidekicks (an Asian and a Mexican). They hole up in the secluded house of Ted Turner, a black minister, and his family, where harsh epithets are exchanged and the minister is forced to take action to defend his family.
William Sanderson - as Jessie Lee Kane
Robert Judd - as Ted Turner
Catherine Peppers - as Mrs. Turner
Lela Small - as Grandma Turner
Yvonne Ross - as Corrie Turner
Reggie Rock Bythewood - as Floyd Turner (as Reginald Bythewood)
Ramon Saunders - as Val Turner
Queenie Endelson - as Dog
Daniel Faraldo - Chino
Peter Yoshida - Ling
Bonnie Martin - Karen
David Cargill - Lt. Reilly
Richard A. Rubin - Captain Hamilton
David Dewlow - Joey
Pepe Hern - Navarro
Fight for Your Life has received a negative response from critics. TV Guide called it "a vile low-budget film that couldn't have found a receptive audience even during the height of tough blaxploitation pictures." Allmovie called it an "outrageous sleazefest" and "amazingly racist".
Fight For Your Life was denied a British theatrical release in 1981, but a video release the following year allowed the public brief access to the film before it wound up on the video nasties list and was outlawed. It is notable for being the only 'video nasty' to appear on the list due to language, specifically the racism displayed by Sanderson's character.
Briefly available in the United Kingdom on the independent video label Vision On, released circa 1982, but outlawed with the advent of the Video Recordings Act (1984), Fight For Your Life was denied a British cinema release when it was rejected by the BBFC in October 1981. Fight For Your Life was issued in the U.S. by Blue Underground as a remastered DVD.
The original film negative, having been stored by the film rights holder in a New Jersey basement, was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy in 2012.