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Game of Death
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Director:
Writer:
Robert Clouse (written by)
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Release Date:
8 June 1979 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Bruce Lee challenges the underworld to a Game of Death.
Plot:
A martial arts movie star must fake his death to find the people who are trying to kill him. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
User Reviews:
The last 15 minutes of the film is worth watching See more (111 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Bruce Lee ... Billy Lo (archive footage)

Colleen Camp ... Ann Morris

Dean Jagger ... Dr. Land

Gig Young ... Jim Marshall
Tae-jeong Kim ... Billy Lo (as Kim Tai Jong)
Biao Yuen ... Billy Lo (as Bill Yuen)

Robert Wall ... Carl Miller

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar ... Hakim (archive footage)

Mel Novak ... Stick

Hugh O'Brian ... Steiner
James Tien ... Charlie Wang (also archive footage)
Dan Inosanto ... Pasqual (also archive footage) (as Danny Inosanto)

Chuck Norris ... Fighter (archive footage)
Roy Chiao ... Henry Lo
Russell Cawthorne ... Surgeon
Casanova Wong ... Lau Yea-chun (archive footage)
Han Jae Ji ... Fighter (archive footage)
Yuan Chieh ... Fighter (archive footage)

Sammo Kam-Bo Hung ... Lo Chen (as Hung Kim Po)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Stephen Chang ... Ming Tao
Warwick Paul Evans ... Ringside Commentator
Jim James ... Surgeon
Robert Kerver
Taky Kimura
John Ladalski ... Carl Miller's second
Chia Yung Liu
Andre Morgan
Betty Ting Pei
Bolo Yeung (as Yeung See)

Wah Yuen ... Lo Chen's second
Robert Baker ... Fighter (closing credits) (archive footage) (uncredited)
Robert Clouse ... Carl's Second #1 (uncredited)
Christopher Kent ... Billy Lo (voice) (uncredited)
Ching-Ying Lam ... Macau fighter (uncredited)
Kun Li ... (archive footage) (uncredited)
Mars ... Thug (uncredited)
Nora Miao ... (archive footage) (uncredited)
Ing-Sik Whang ... Fighter (archive footage) (uncredited)
Maria Yi ... (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Clouse 
Bruce Lee (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
Robert Clouse (written by) (as Jan Spears)

Bruce Lee  uncredited

Produced by
Raymond Chow .... producer
Andre Morgan .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
John Barry 
 
Cinematography by
Godfrey A. Godar 
 
Film Editing by
Alan Pattillo 
 
Sound Department
Danny Daniel .... sound recordist
Ken Dufva .... foley artist
Mark Eggenweiler .... assistant sound editor
 
Visual Effects by
Anthony Matt .... digital restoration
 
Stunts
William H. Burton Jr. .... motorcycle stunts (as Billy Burton)
David R. Ellis .... motorcycle stunts (as David Ellis)
Buddy Joe Hooker .... motorcycle stunts
Koo Loo Kuen .... stunt double
Mars .... stunt double
Robert Wall .... stunt coordinator
Biao Yuen .... stunt double: Bruce Lee (as Bill Yuen)
Jackie Chan .... stunts (uncredited)
Sammo Kam-Bo Hung .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Sammo Kam-Bo Hung .... stunts (uncredited)
Robert Wall .... stunts (uncredited)
Wah Yuen .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Music Department
John Barry .... conductor
Kenneth Hall .... music editor
Dan Wallin .... score mixer
John Barry .... music producer (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Sammo Kam-Bo Hung .... martial arts director (as Hung Kim Po)
John Strong .... title designer (as John Christopher Strong)
Sammo Kam-Bo Hung .... action choreographer (uncredited)
Bruce Lee .... action choreographer (uncredited)
Bruce Lee .... martial arts director (uncredited)
Biao Yuen .... action choreographer (uncredited)
Biao Yuen .... double: martial arts and acrobatics (uncredited)
 

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Runtime:
85 min | Germany:92 min | Hong Kong:103 min (original premiere) | Hong Kong:54 min (current existing footage) | Japan:40 min (2000 incomplete version) | USA:35 min (2000 incomplete version) | 62 min (original cut) (1972)
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Color (Technicolor)
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Trivia:
Bruce Lee had filmed over 30 minutes of fight scenes for this film when work was suspended to allow Lee to work on Enter the Dragon (1973). However, Lee died before he could return. Six years later, director Robert Clouse fleshed out a feature around the original footage with a new cast, including two stand-ins for Lee, who faces are hidden by dark sunglasses and shadows. Close-ups and stills of Lee's face (including a cardboard cut-out) were also used.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: Throughout the fight in the dressing room of the theater people get punched in the face yet not a single person bleeds. However during the fights at the mansion, the climax, and Carl Miller they bruise and bleed. In reality if somebody gets punched at least twice chances are they'd bleed from their nose and mouths.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Director:Cut! Okay, that's a print. That was great, Billy! Okay everybody...
[stage light collapses, crew gasps]
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Movie Connections:
Features The Way of the Dragon (1972)See more »
Soundtrack:
Street Dance No. 2See more »

FAQ

If Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Was Only In The Archive Footage, Why Is He In Some Scenes That Were Never Filmed On The Archive Footage?
What are the differences between the old British VHS and the Uncensored Version?
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10 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
The last 15 minutes of the film is worth watching, 2 December 2000
Author: MovieCriticMarvelfan from california

I wish I could say the same thing for the first 60 minutes of the film..

Before watching this film,I knew that Bruce Lee died before finishing it,so my expectations where that Bruce would come out in some parts of the films and other parts would be doubled.

That is the frame of my mind you have to have with this film. However you will probably have to fast forward to the only fluid moments with the Master Bruce Lee. The 60 minutes use pictures of Bruce Lee in the fights but it's a bad idea. The movie could have been cut considerably into maybe a 30 min to 45 min ,but instead we are forced to stomach, a Bruce Lee wannabee who cant compare an eye to the Master, and who gets his butt kicked throught the movie.

The footage with Bruce Lee, is incredible. The fight scenes last up to 10-15 minutes total, but they are so physical, they probably took up several rehearsals to shoot.

Bruce was filming "Enter The Dragon" while filming this film. He and the Directors did the right thing by filming the end first because of Bruce's busy schedule.

You cant call this film an overall great action movie like one reviewer said because it has many faults. It's too too long (90 minutes) and the Bruce Look alike gets beat for half the film until the Real Bruce Lee shows up at the end.

Also the Bruce Lee double in this film is just plain puny looking. He looks as if he has never lifted weights.

What I would have done to make the film more enjoyable is shorten the film, immensely, then put a biograpy about Bruce , so as not to leave the viewer unsatisfied with the film.

No one today can do what Bruce Lee did in his prime (ask Chuck Norris who has failed miserably copying his moves and is now doing a laughable show called Walker).

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