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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 »
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A tale of two movies See more (107 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Bruce Lee ... Billy Lo (archive footage)

Colleen Camp ... Ann Morris

Dean Jagger ... Dr. Land

Gig Young ... Jim Marshall
Tai Chung 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
Han Jae Ji ... Fighter (archive footage)
Yuan Chieh ... Fighter (archive footage)

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

Stephen Chang ... Ming Tao
Warwick Paul Evans ... Ringside Commentator
Jim James ... Surgeon
Christopher Kent ... Billy Lo (voice)
Robert Kerver
Taky Kimura
John Ladalski ... Carl Miller's second
Ching-Ying Lam ... Macau fighter
Chia Yung Liu
Andre Morgan
Betty Ting Pei
Ing-Sik Whang ... Fighter
Bolo Yeung (as Yeung See)

Wah Yuen ... Lo Chen's second
Robert Baker ... Fighter (closing credits) (archive footage) (uncredited)
Kun Li ... (archive footage) (uncredited)
Mars ... Thug (uncredited)
Nora Miao ... (archive footage) (uncredited)
Maria Yi ... (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Clouse 
Sammo Hung Kam-Bo (uncredited)
Bruce Lee (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
Robert Clouse (written by) (as Jan Spears)

Bruce Lee  uncredited

Produced by
Raymond Chow .... producer
Bruce Lee .... executive producer
Bruce Lee .... producer
Andre Morgan .... executive 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 Hung Kam-Bo .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Sammo Hung Kam-Bo .... 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 Hung Kam-Bo .... martial arts director (as Hung Kim Po)
John Strong .... title designer (as John Christopher Strong)
Sammo Hung Kam-Bo .... 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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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Game of Death" - Hong Kong (original title)
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Runtime:
85 min | Germany:92 min | Hong Kong:103 min (original premiere) | Hong Kong:125 min | Hong Kong:54 min (current existing footage) | Japan:115 min | Japan:40 min (2000 incomplete version) | USA:100 min | USA:110 min (original premiere) | USA:35 min (2000 incomplete version)
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Color (Technicolor)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Director Robert Clouse wrote the script under the pseudonym Jan Spears.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: During the last Billy Lo/Steiner fight, Steiner tries to hit Billy with two kicks. Each time we see Billy dodging the kicks, the foot is actually Hakim's.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:
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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11 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
A tale of two movies, 6 May 2003
Author: jc1305us from Bernardsville, NJ

"Game of Death", a frankenstein concoction of bits and peices of Bruce Lee's final performance in a movie originally shot in 1972-73 and a later filmshot in 1978 after Lee's death is really two movies in one.

The first, a crime/revenge caper helmed by Robert Clouse is not as bad as you may have heard. The scenes are intercut badly and Lee's many doubles do look bad, but as a movie on it's own merit it isnt that bad.

The film concerns a young movie star, Billy Lo (played by several uncredited doubles) and a crime syndicate headed by evil Dr. Land (Dean Jagger who is good) His henchman (Hugh O'Brian, Mel Novak, and Bob Wall) won't let our hero rest until he signs an exclusive contract with them, which will put Billy under their control. Colleen Camp and Gig Young Co-star. Camp is benign as Billy's voluptuous girlfriend and Young looks like he wants to be anywhere else. The score is excellent courtesy of John Barry's music which sets a mood for the picture. The second part of the movie is the final fight scenes in a pagoda which include Bruce Lee himself in some magnificent fight scenes with several worthy advesaries including Kareem Abdul Jabbar(!) and Danny Inosanto. The last 15-20 minutes are the only to feature the real Bruce Lee, but watch the locker room fight, it is very good on it's own merit. In summary, a cheesy 70's Kung Fu movie that wraps around some spectacular footage of Bruce Lee in his "final performance", but which also has some charm of it's own.

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