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Directed by: Oley Sassone
Starring: Don "The Dragon" Wilson, Richard Roundtree, Rick Dean, and John Cardone
Jimmy Boland (Wilson) is in prison after a barfight gone wrong. Now in
prison, he fights a guy named Luther because he raped his friend and
Luther dies because of it. Now the Black gangs on the inside want to
kill Jimmy. The White racists welcome him into their camp, but Jimmy
refuses. Now he’s got two prison gangs out for his blood, and, being the
loner that he is, Jimmy Boland is...forced to fight! Jimmy is put in a
cell with the intellectual and respected (by most) Stark (Roundtree) and
they become buddies. Also, the pedophile Diddler (Cardone) is portrayed
as sympathetic and he and Jimmy also forge an uneasy friendship. Seeing
as Wingate State Penitentiary is considered to be a state-of-the-art
facility, the higher-ups are hushing up a lot of the corruption and
misdoings. As alliances on both the inside and outside are
constantly shifting, will Jimmy be able to expose the truth and fight
his way to freedom?
Bloodfist 3: Forced to Fight was the first in
the Bloodfist series not to be connected to the first two. It really
should have been called simply Forced to Fight, but the ever-crafty
Roger Corman must have thought they should unnecessarily slap the
Bloodfist moniker on it just to be safe. Seeing as how this movie
actually went to the theater but tanked, it was the final
theatrically-released Bloodfist film. The fact that three made it to the
theater is still impressive.
Truly this is Don the Dragon’s
Death Warrant, and he carries it off in his own inimitable way. The
filmmakers seemingly really tried to make him look like Lou Diamond
Phillips this time around. Much like how Frank Zagarino was meant to
resemble Dolph Lundgren in Armstrong. But it’s really not needed, The
Dragon stands on his own. For this movie, they actually got another
Richard Roundtree. His role is substantial and he acquits himself well
in what is really an ensemble film.
Then again, he was competing
directly against French Fry (Callahan) and Weird Willy (Schott) so all
bets are off. But he took the role seriously, which is good. Peter
“Sugarfoot” Cunningham of Above the Law (1986) fame is here as an inmate named
Champ. Though he’s not credited in the film, we strongly believe Ian
Jacklin is on board as well, as one of the Aryans, or, as they call
themselves, “Scooter Trash”. I know, I don’t get it either.
movie is entertaining, and, for its kind, surprisingly well-written.
There was an attempt to be serious here and deal with real issues. We
felt that was done well and an interesting change of pace. The pace was
to be changed once again with the fourth Bloodfist film, whose tone is
The tradition of the actor/fighter’s championship titles
appearing along with their credit is
maintained, Eric Lee helped with the fight coordination, and the
Michael Elliott score is worth pointing out as well. Also, for movie
night, the prisoners all watch TNT Jackson (1974). That probably wouldn’t occur
today. In actuality, a lot of the prison scenarios here aren’t
completely realistic. But hey, Wingate is a new kind of prison.
This Don the Dragon prison film under the Bloodfist banner is worth seeing.
Comeuppance Review by: Ty and Brett