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Fighting Mad

Fighting Mad
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Jonathan Demme
Produced by Roger Corman
Written by Jonathan Demme
Starring Peter Fonda
Gino Franco
Harry Northup
Philip Carey
Noble Willingham
John Doucette
Scott Glenn
Lynn Lowry
Music by Bruce Langhorne
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release dates
  • October 8, 1976 (1976-10-08)
Running time 88 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $600,000[1]

Fighting Mad is a 1976 film directed by Jonathan Demme, about an Arkansas farmer played by Peter Fonda who uses Guerrilla tactics against corrupt land developers evicting him and his neighbors in order to stripmine their land.[2]


In making the film, producer Roger Corman analysed three other recent low-budget rural action thrillers that had been big hits: Billy Jack (1971), Walking Tall (1973) and Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry (1974). He deduced they had three things in common: a hero with an off-beat sidekick, an unusual mode of transport and an interesting weapon. This is why the Peter Fonda character travels on an old motorcycle with his toddler son and uses a crossbow.[1]


  1. ^ a b Christopher T Koetting, Mind Warp!: The Fantastic True Story of Roger Corman's New World Pictures, Hemlock Books. 2009 p 99
  2. ^ Fighting Mad at the American Film Institute Catalog

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