Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Cinema Cycle - Fist Fighter

(Cardio Workout And Reviewing Movies At The Same Time)

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DATE: 7/30/2014

TITLE: Fist Fighter

FORMAT: LaserDisc

TIME RIDDEN / FILM LENGTH: 1 hour 37 minutes



SYNOPSIS: A tough loner construction worker heads to Mexico to find and fight the man that killed his best friend.  

CONCEPT IN RELATION TO THE VIEWER: Macho is Macho.  Being tough and enduring extreme hardship gets results in the end.  Every man is an island.

PROS AND CONS: My random spreadsheet database came up with this title to watch.  A film I would otherwise never watch if I had the option. While this is not a ‘bad’ film it definitely falls into the ‘macho guy’ film that I have never much cared for.  The film is all about testosterone and fighting and being tougher than the other guy.  This work strings from the time in the 1980s when Clint Eastwood was making his “Any Which Way But Loose” genre films and when ‘Street Fighter’ was the favorite video game of a legion of pre-pubescent teen boys.  

While the production value of the film is not that bad, with good camera work and interesting soundtrack, the acting and portrayals of the characters is very stiff and stereotypical.  The fight scenes are not that memorable, and the final fight where the protagonist (T.J. Thunderbird) finally meets up and defeats his antagonist (Rhino) is a bit too long in coming.  

The ending scene where Mr. Thunderbird walks away from the girl and into the night to find another lonely job and another parking lot fight is sort of the icing on the cake.  The woman are just eye-candy in this film, that distract the real men from being ‘muy macho’.  

If you ever want to know what happened to Mike Connors (of Mannix fame), he ended up as being the heavy in films such as this.  

To read an overview of this project, check out the initial post for this series.

This film is a part of my LaserDisc Collection.

Clicking on the title will take you to the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) entry for this film. 

This film was viewed while exercising on my recumbent cycle.  A summary of my time spent working out on my journey through movie-land can be found on

The summary of the project and a glimpse of what is coming up next can be found on my public LaserDisc spreadsheet.