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Enter the Dragon (1973)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  19 August 1973 (USA)
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A martial artist agrees to spy on a reclusive crime lord using his invitation to a tournament there as cover.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ahna Capri ...
Kien Shih ...
Han (as Shih Kien)
Oharra (as Bob Wall)
Angela Mao ...
Su Lin (Guest star) (as Angela Mao Ying)
Betty Chung ...
Geoffrey Weeks ...
Bolo Yeung ...
Bolo (as Yang Sze)
Peter Archer ...
Li Jen Ho ...
Old Man (as Ho Lee Yan)
Marlene Clark ...
Allan Kent ...
William Keller ...
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Enter the Dragon revolves around the three main characters. Lee, a man recruited by an agency to investigate a tournament hosted by Han, since they believe he has an Opium trade there. Roper and Williams are former army buddies since Vietnam and they enter the tournament due to different problems that they have. Roper is on the run from the Mafia due to his gambling debts, while Williams is harassed by racist police officers and defends himself from them and uses the car for his getaway. It is a deadly tournament that they will enter on an island. Lee's job is to get the other two out of there alive. Written by Emphinix

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The first American produced martial arts spectacular! See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for martial arts violence and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

19 August 1973 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Deadly Three  »

Box Office


$850,000 (estimated)


HKD 3,307,526 (Hong Kong)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The movie was filmed without sound. All of the dialogue and effects were dubbed in during post-production. See more »


The first time Lee lowers himself into the underground lab, his jump suit is smeared with paint and concrete dust from the set. See more »


[first lines]
Lee: Teacher?
Shaolin Abbott: I see your talents have gone beyond the mere physical level. Your skills are now at the point of spiritual insight. I have several questions. What is the highest technique you hope to achieve ?
Lee: To have no technique.
Shaolin Abbott: Very good. What are your thoughts when facing an opponent ?
Lee: There is no opponent.
Shaolin Abbott: And why is that ?
Lee: Because the word "I" does not exist.
Shaolin Abbott: So, continue...
Lee: A good fight should be like a small play, but played seriously. A good martial artist does not become tense,...
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Referenced in Boogie Nights (1997) See more »

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'Enter The Dragon' is essential viewing for all 1970s buffs!
12 June 2004 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

'Enter The Dragon' was a massive part of my childhood back in the 1970s. As a pre-teen Bruce Lee was just about the coolest thing I'd ever seen. Maybe only Bond (Sean Connery Bond!) and Charlton Heston as 'The Omega Man' came close. Like 'The Omega Man' this movie is one that I find difficult to be objective about. The plot is simplistic, the acting is variable, but the action and the LOOK of it make it an all time classic. Let's face it this is a kung fu movie, and what the audience wants is exciting fight scenes. 'Enter The Dragon' has them and then some! I'm not sure whether I'd describe it as "the greatest martial arts movie ever made" (as many people do), but it's certainly one of the most entertaining I've ever seen. The only other one I've seen that comes close is 'Iron Monkey', but as good as it was, it obviously didn't have the one thing that makes this movie legendary - Bruce Lee. Lee is without a doubt the greatest ku fu fighter to step in front of a movie camera. Handsome and charismatic, this movie was to be his introduction to mainstream Hollywood audiences. He died unexpectedly just weeks before it premiered in America. It seems certain that he would have become a superstar, bigger than Jackie Chan (who incidentally has a brief cameo here) is today. Whenever Lee is on the screen you can't take your eyes off him - he's that good. You don't need any other reason to watch this movie than Bruce Lee, but having John Saxon ('Planet Of Blood', 'Tenebrae') co-star is an added treat, and Jim Kelly is super cool. After the enormous success of 'Enter The Dragon' director Robert Clouse made 'Black Belt Jones' with him, another 70s kung fu classic, but Kelly never really fulfilled his potential, and instead made cheesy but fun b-grade vehicles like 'Black Samurai' and 'Black Belt Jones 2'. I also love Han, the tongue-in-cheek 'Dr No' inspired villain played by Kien Shih. 'Enter The Dragon' is essential viewing for all 1970s buffs. It had a major impact on pop culture and it's still great wonderful to watch thirty years after it was originally released. To say I highly recommend this movie is an understatement!

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