Hangfire is a tight little action thriller about a prison break that attempts to serve as a metaphor for the 1989-90 Middle East crisis, but strains credibility.
Character actor Lee de Broux, in a bravura performance, plays a serial killer/rapist who leads a prison escape in New Mexico. De Broux and his minions take over the town of Sonora and hold its fifty or so inhabitants prisoner. The National Guard is called in, led by gung-ho Jan-Michael Vincent.
Local sheriff Brad Davis and his Vietnam vet pal Ken Foree (who excels in Maris assignments such as Viper) are the secret weapons who manage to defeat de Broux and rescue Davis’ wife (Kim Delaney) while the military proves largely ineffectual.
Rest of the cast, including Lyle Alzado and Lou Ferrigno for comic relief, is effective.