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Enter the Dragon (1973)

A martial artist agrees to spy on a reclusive crime lord using his invitation to a tournament there as cover.

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Oharra (as Bob Wall)
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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 »


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

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19 August 1973 (USA)  »

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$850,000 (estimated)
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Warner Brothers wanted to call the film "Han's Island" because it thought international audiences would be confused by an action film titled "Enter the Dragon". Other alternate titles were "Blood and Steel" this was a first draft script title and "The Deadly Three", a reference to Bruce Lee's, John Saxon's and Jim Kelly's characters. See more »

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When Lee first goes down the secret door in the garden, the rope he pulls out of his bag is new. When he descends past the secret doors, the rope has big knots tied in it. Since he has to tie the other end to the gravestone, it looks a bit too long. 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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They called him Bruce...
8 April 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The film that should have put Bruce Lee over the top has him battling an evil ring of drug dealers while out to avenge his sister's death ("You have offended my family and you have offended the Shaman temple."). It's a shame that Bruce died so young (and that his son Brandon died even younger), given that he was as close to superhuman as possible. We can only imagine what his follow up vehicles would have been like.

One thing I do know from watching an old black and white interview with Bruce was that he said he had kind of made it his goal in life to show people around the world that there was more to martial arts than just breaking boards and little men kicking big men in the crotch.

The plot itself is meaningless in light of Bruce's martial arts antics and the antics of John Saxon and Williams. Particularly memorable is the scene in the room full of mirrors. Give this a look ASAP.


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