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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 ...
L.A. Cop


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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Their deadly mission: to crack the forbidden island of Han! 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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Did You Know?


Robert Clouse was chosen to be the director after Bruce Lee watched a choreographed fight scene turn into a real fight on screen in Darker Than Amber (1970) between Rod Taylor and William Smith. See more »


When Mr. Han takes Roper to his secret underground lair, the guillotine "elevator" starts to descend just before Han pulls the cord to trigger it. 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 No Retreat, No Surrender (1986) See more »

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The best martial arts film I have ever seen
3 July 2004 | by (Buenos Aires, Argentina) – See all my reviews

Thirty years later I would like to say that I remember this film as one of the greatest films I have ever seen in my life. I do not know exactly why, but it is, maybe, because the music we listen on it has been always with me in the last 25 years or so. Bruce Lee was an icon, I also remember the Green Hornet TV show, and the extraordinary combination of sound and images in this film allow us to dream about to be a hero or something like that. I have seen the film many times and each one was almost different than the other one, this is one of those films in which you can notice different things every time you see it again, even if you are not an expert in martial arts as if it is the case about me. Thanks Bruce, where ever you are, for your incredible style.

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