Ep. 9: “Hardcase and Fist” (1989)

This week, lad is still convalescing, so we went nearly three weeks back, into the archives, for “Hardcase and Fist” (1989).

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Tony Zarindast directed it and, while he didn’t star in it, he had a role. I could write a thousand words about the role, but this should suffice:

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You might remember him from “Werewolf”, which he co-wrote, directed, and in which he played the security guard. But the real stars of this film are Hardcase and Fist:,

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No, that’s not Fist on the right — that’s fist. This is Fist,

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so named because he … has … fists, I guess. Here he is reminding us he has one:

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Anyway, Hardcase is wrongfully imprisoned and has to avenge something or other, and even though Fist was pretty well rightfully imprisoned he breaks out, too. He’s not a well man. For example, here’s his ex:

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And here’s Fist working up a rage boner watching her do whatever it is she’s doing there:

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Here’s Lad’s favorite scene in the prison gym:

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And here’s my favorite scene, featuring my favorite character, Beano:

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Beano and I understand each other. Here he is watching girls in the pool. We kind of look alike, too, now that I’m thinking about it.

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Anyway, there’s a lot of monotonous action, stuff gets blown up, they more or less team up with Tony Zarindast, who’s playing a mob guy who’s sort of not all bad. The really bad mob guys (sadly including Beano) kidnap Hardcase’s girlfriend and the chase is on! *note: I didn’t have a screenshot of the kidnapping thing so I substituted a photo from Friday night at my house. Here it is:

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They take shelter in a nice black man’s house. Here they are at dinner — just don’t get too attached to the black guy. He only lasts about five minutes in this movie, which I think is racist.

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There’s about an hour of people chasing our three heroes through the desert interrupted only occasionally by fight scenes, and in the end everything works out, and we get this as a reward. Drink him in, everybody:

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I feel like I should mention there is a LOT of stock footage of the horrors of Vietnam. The war, not the country. I’m sure the country is very nice.

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As we always say here at Rogue Riffers, we like to watch movies we actually like, but we never know until we see them. This is one of those times that the movie was pretty hard to get through. Still, we think we improved it a bit with our jokes, so when you’re done with the podcast head on over to the audio commentary tracks page and listen to us watch the movie! It’s probably on youtube. They all are.

After you’re finished with that, send us an email! Or a drawing, or both. Seriously. Here’s a Chinese church form episode 7 that Cleo drew.

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