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Enter the Dragon (1973)

 -  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:
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Lee
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Ahna Capri ...
Kien Shih ...
Han (as Shih Kien)
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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 ...
Secretary
Allan Kent ...
William Keller ...
L.A. Cop
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Storyline

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

Budget:

$850,000 (estimated)

Gross:

HKD 3,307,526 (Hong Kong)
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Trivia

Production was halted briefly when a young woman's body was found near the set. See more »

Goofs

The position of Lee's hands holding his head up change after he places the snake in the radio room, and waits for the two men to climb through the broken window. See more »

Quotes

[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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The "Citizen Kane" of the martial arts films genre
16 February 2004 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

What more can be said of the man whom millions consider one of the greatest action stars of all time. Enter the Dragon is the Citizen Kane and Bruce Lee is the Orson Welles of the martial arts film genre. This film marked the most successful merging of both Hong Kong and American cinema. From the opening scene to the final fight scene it was Bruce Lee at his best. His near perfect physique, leading man good looks and innate charisma transcended the derivative script and gave it a timeless quality. Having read the original draft of Enter the Dragon originally titled "Blood and Steel", The final film is a far cry from it. He turned major monologues into short but memorable phrases like "It is like a finger pointing away to the moon". Very few people then, and now could utter those words and be taken seriously. It was Bruce Lee not writer Michael Allin who gave the movie it's spiritual core and it was Bruce Lee not directed Robert Clouse who gave it its sense of cinematic style. Proof of this lies in the fact that both Allin and Clouse were never able to reproduce the quality or success of Enter the Dragon before or after Bruce Lee. Bruce borrowed heavily from Clint Eastwood's persona and gave it his own unique twist. After all these years, Enter the Dragon stands alone in the genre and stands as one of Hollywood's most profitable feature films.


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