Born to Fight (1989)


Born to Fight is a 1989 action film, starring Brent Huff, John van Dreelen, Werner Pochath and Mary Stavin.

The film was shot in the 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.

It is also known as Born to Win (Canadian English title), Nato per Combattere (Italian), and Machinegun Soldier: Wolf of the Battlefield (Mashiingansoruja: senjou no okami; Japan, video box title).


Super tough Vietnam War veteran Sam Wood (Huff) is a survivor of a vicious prison camp where he was brutally and painfully tortured before finally managing to escape. When Wood returns to rescue his friends, he finds that they are 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 in the camp, and she knows that only a man like Wood can help set him free. Sam adopts a proposal, but the situation is much more complicated, because the camp is now run by his old nemesis Duan Loc (Pochath).


  • Brent Huff as Sam Wood.
  • Werner Pochath as Duan Loc.
  • Romano Puppo as Alex Bross.
  • John van Dreelen as General Weber.
  • Mary Stavin as Maryline Kane.
  • Don Wilson (IV) as General Weber’s Aide.
  • Claudio Fragasso (as Clyde Anderson) as one of the prisoners.


  • General Weber and his fellow six prisoners shift in numbers after one of the prisoners dies.
    • From six to five and back to six in one scene, when Weber and the prisoners reach the jeep.
    • During the rest of the movie the prisoners are five again.

Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s):
    • Bruno Mattei.
  • Producer(s):
    • Franco Gaudenzi … producer.
  • Writer(s):
    • Claudio Fragasso (story and screenplay).
    • Rossella Drudi (writer, uncredited).
  • Music:
    • Al Festa.
  • Cinematography:
    • Riccardo Grassetti.
  • Editor(s):
    • Bruno Mattei.
  • Production:
    • Flora Film.
  • Distributor(s):
    • Humax Pictures (1989) (Japan) (theatrical).
    • Arrow Video (Netherlands) (VHS).
    • Cinestrange Extreme (2020) (Germany) (all media).
    • Civite Films (Spain) (all media).
    • Concorde Film (1992) (Netherlands) (all media).
    • HVW Focus (1991) (Germany) (VHS).
    • International Video & Films S.A. (Spain) (video).
    • Toshiba EMI (Japan) (VHS).
  • Release Date: 17 July 1989 (Portugal).
  • Running Time: 85 minutes.
  • Rating: Unknown.
  • Country: Italy.
  • Language: English and Italian.

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