Born to Fight (1989 film)

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Born to Fight
Directed by Bruno Mattei
Produced byFranco Gaudenzi
Written by Claudio Fragasso
Starring Brent Huff
John van Dreelen
Werner Pochath
Music byAl Festa
CinematographyRichard Grassetti
Edited byBruno Mattei
Distributed byFlora Film
Release date
July 17, 1989 (Portugal)
Running time
85 minutes

Born to Fight (aka Nato per combattere) is a 1989 action film, starring Brent Huff, John van Dreelen, Werner Pochath and Mary Stavin. The film was shot on Philippines due to low budget in 1988 and is the third time − after Strike Commando 2 (1988) and Cop Game (1988) − when Brent Huff worked with director Bruno Mattei.

Action film is a film genre in which the protagonist or protagonists are thrust into a series of events that typically include violence, extended fighting, physical feats, and frantic chases. Action films tend to feature a resourceful hero struggling against incredible odds, which include life-threatening situations, a villain, or a pursuit which usually concludes in victory for the hero. Advancements in CGI have made it cheaper and easier to create action sequences and other visual effects that required the efforts of professional stunt crews in the past. However, reactions to action films containing significant amounts of CGI have been mixed, as films that use computer animations to create unrealistic, highly unbelievable events are often met with criticism. While action has long been a recurring component in films, the "action film" genre began to develop in the 1970s along with the increase of stunts and special effects. Common action scenes in films are generally, but not limited to, explosions, car chases, fistfights, and shootouts.

Brent Huff American film director, actor and model

Brent Huff is a model, actor, writer and film director.

John van Dreelen Dutch actor

John van Dreelen was a Dutch-born American-based actor, who frequently performed on television from the 1960s to the 1980s.



Super tough Vietnam Veteran Sam Woods (Huff) is a survivor of a vicious prison camp where he was brutally and painfully tortured before finally managing to escape. When Wood returned to rescue his friends, he found that they were already dead. Some time later a woman named Maryline Kane (Stavin) offers him a tremendous amount of money if he will accompany her back to the area where the prison camp was to do interviews for a documentary story. It all turns out to be a lie − her father is now a prisoner of that same camp where Wood was tortured, and she knows that only a man like Wood can help set him free. Sam adopt a proposal, but then situation came out to be much more complicated, because the camp is now run by an old nemesis Duan Loc (Pochath).


Werner Pochath was an Austrian film actor. He had been the partner of the ballet director of the Hamburg State Opera John Neumeier.

Romano Puppo was an Italian stuntman and film and television actor.

Claudio Fragasso is a film director and screenwriter. Fragasso started in the Italian film industry in the mid-1970s working as a screenwriter and first attempted to make art films in the early 1970s. Fragasso met with director Bruno Mattei which led to partnership of about 15 years with the two working together on films, with Fragasso often going uncredited. Fragasso would also make his own films in the 1980s including Monster Dog with rock musician Alice Cooper and After Death. Fragasso would make the film Troll 2 in 1989 which later went on to become popular enough to have a documentary Best Worst Movie follow the making and cult fandom of the film.

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