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Writer:
Robert Clouse (written by)
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Release Date:
8 June 1979 (USA) See more »
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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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Bruce Lee's last film {well,sort of} is a total mess and somewhat tasteless,but kind of fun See more (115 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Bruce Lee ... Billy Lo / Hai Tien (original 1972 footage) (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 / Mantis (original 1972 footage) (archive footage)

Mel Novak ... Stick

Hugh O'Brian ... Steiner
James Tien ... Charlie Wang / Fighter accomplice antagonist (original 1972 footage) (archive footage)

Dan Inosanto ... Pasqual / Third Floor Guardian (original 1972 footage) (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 ... Restaurant Fighter / Quarter Floor Guardian (original 1972 footage) (archive footage)
Yuan Chieh ... Fighter accomplice (original 1972 footage) (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 ... First Floor Guardian (original 1972 footage) (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
Bruce Lee .... producer: original version
Andre Morgan .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
John Barry 
 
Cinematography by
Godfrey A. Godar 
Tadashi Nishimoto (original footage)
 
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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Certification:
Argentina:18 | Australia:R18+ (original rating) | Australia:M (re-rating) (1982) | Canada:PG (Manitoba) | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) | Canada:R (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-18 (DVD rating) | Finland:K-16 (cut) | France:12 | Germany:16 (re-rating) | Hong Kong:IIB | Hungary:16 | Iceland:16 | Ireland:18 | Italy:VM14 | Japan:R-15 | Netherlands:12 | New Zealand:M | Norway:18 (video premiere) | Peru:18 | Russia:16+ (video rating) | Singapore:PG | South Korea:15 | Spain:T | UK:18 | UK:X (original rating) | USA:R | West Germany:18
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Trivia:
George Lazenby was originally meant to be in this film and was due to meet Bruce Lee on July 20 1973, the day Lee died. For other reasons, Lazenby was not involved in the final project as directed by Robert Clouse.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: During Billy Lo's fight in the dressing room with "Killer Miller" there is wallpaper in the background of one shot even though the fight is taking place in a room with bare cement walls.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:
Referenced in "Jeopardy!: Episode #26.17" (2009)See more »
Soundtrack:
Game of DeathSee 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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21 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
Bruce Lee's last film {well,sort of} is a total mess and somewhat tasteless,but kind of fun, 9 May 2005
Author: DrLenera

Game Of Death is a mess of a film,and that's putting it lightly. Nothing to do with Bruce Lee's original conception for the film in 1973,the filmmakers here took the fight footage {somewhat edited down} that he shot for that proposed film,placed it at the end of the film,and than decided to pretend that the rest of the film also features Bruce Lee. Badly. In fact the sheer ineptitude of this aspect of the film is extraordinary,as well as several doubles,none of whom look like Lee and usually wear sunglasses to try to hide the fact,there are also shots and brief bits from previous Lee films edited in and even a scene with a guy wearing a Lee mask!

Nonetheless,there is a certain fascination to the film. The plot is kind of interesting and even has a scene in which Lee's character,a movie star, fakes his own death by being shot whilst filming a scene,this being disturbingly similar to the way Lee's son Brandon died many years ago. There is loads of fighting,not all of it great,but it's pretty constant and contains at least two good sequences {a fight in a changing room and a battle with some motorcyclists}en route to the 'real' Lee stuff at the end,which is certainly worth the wait. The duel with Kareem Abdul Jabbar is almost as good as the famous one with Chuck Norris. Dean Jagger is a great slimy main villain,and John Barry {an odd film for him} provides great musical backing,even if the main female star Coleen Camp is not really good enough to sing his lovely theme song.

Game Of Death is undeniably a piece of exploitation and sometimes leaves a bad taste in the mouth,as when a funeral scene is interspersed with shots of Lee's real funeral. It's really a bad movie and for the most part a badly made movie too, but it's certainly not dull and is kind of fun, as many bad movies are.

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