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Robert Clouse (written by)
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Release Date:
8 June 1979 (USA) See more »
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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 total hack job, but still quite entertaining See more (106 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)
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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 .... 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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Trivia:
Steve McQueen, James Coburn and Muhammad Ali refused roles in the film because they felt it exploited Bruce Lee's death.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Steiner fires his pistol at Billy Lo, the smoke of the bullet impacting the tree appears on the opposite side.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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Soundtrack:
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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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19 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
A total hack job, but still quite entertaining, 13 July 2007
Author: mjscarface from United Kingdom

'Game of Death' is the equivalent of having your dog swallow a gold ring - you've got to sift through the cr*p to find the polished stuff.

Completely different to Bruce's original vision, the 1978 version is hugely controversial. To some, it's a shameless cash-in and insult, to others it's a curiosity. To me personally, it's a guilty pleasure. Obviously, with such limited footage of Bruce Lee to use, the film was always going to suffer. Not only that, but how do you incorporate the footage into a film and give it context? The stand-in's that are used to fill the time leading up to the Lee footage are never going to fool anyone. Even as a kid, I could tell it someone else. The techniques used to have Bruce Lee on screen range from awful (superimposed heads) to tasteless (his real funeral) to fairly good (quick cuts from old footage). The disguises that Billy Lo and Bruce's doubles wear throughout the film are hokey but nothing that we haven't seen in Lee's films before (Fist of Fury), so that didn't bother me too much.

Despite some awful dubbing and a poor script, 'Game of Death' is still watchable for it's action. Fight choreographer Sammo Hung makes the non-Lee fight scenes entertaining even if the doubles don't match Bruce Lee's speed or technique. However, they do capture some traits of Lee's fights including the slow motion finishing move. Also, the film's budget allows for a number of locations ensuring that Billy's quest for revenge keeps moving. In this regard, the Hollywood frills that are added give the film a degree of watchability, especially the classy score which appears throughout and heightens the final scenes.

But of course, the main point of watching 'Game of Death' is to see Bruce in action. Although criticised for cutting down the "pagoda sequence", I think it still contains enough to satisfy. You have to remember that this original footage included two companions of Lee's who don't feature in the 1978 film, meaning a lot had to be left out. The nunchuk duel is unique while the fight with Kareem Abdul Jabbar is bizarre but thrilling.

There are some moments of bad taste, but on the whole the film is a cheesy and quite fun attempt to build up to the final 20 minutes. Whether you think this was a cash-in or a tribute, you still need to see it in order to understand the 'Game of Death' phenomenon.

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