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Writers:
Stirling Silliphant (screenplay) and
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Release Date:
25 July 1978 (France) See more »
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Bruce Lee's spirit lives in ... Circle of Iron See more »
Plot:
A young martial artist, Cord the Seeker, competes for and loses the right to go on a quest for the Book of All Knowlege held by a wizard named Zetan... See more » | Full synopsis »
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1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
An odd, but truly remarkable epic of the martial arts genre. See more (46 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

David Carradine ... The Blind Man / Monkeyman / Death / Changsha
Jeff Cooper ... Cord

Christopher Lee ... Zetan

Roddy McDowall ... White Robe

Eli Wallach ... Man-in-Oil

Anthony De Longis ... Morthond (as Anthony de Longis)
Earl Maynard ... Black Giant
Erica Creer ... Tara
Michael M. Vendrell ... Martial Artist (as Michael Vendrell)
Leo Whang ... Martial Artist
Donnie Williams ... Martial Artist
Robert Gardner ... Martial Artist
Tom Ascensio ... Martial Artist
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Heinz Bernard ... Ferryman (uncredited)

Vincent Di Paolo ... Warrior (uncredited)
Larry S. Dratch ... Arena Announcer (uncredited)
Dov Friedman ... Young Monk (uncredited)
Jeremy Kaplan ... Monkeyboy (uncredited)
Paul Maslansky ... Student at Temple (uncredited)
Elizabeth Motzkin ... Japanese Woman (uncredited)
Ronen Nabah ... Beautiful Boy (uncredited)
Bobby Ne'eman ... Thug Leader (uncredited)
Michal Nedivi ... Boy's Mother (uncredited)
Zipora Peled ... Ferryman's Wife (uncredited)
Kam Yuen ... Red Band (uncredited)
Nissim Zohar ... Boy's Father (uncredited)
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Directed by
Richard Moore 
 
Writing credits
Stirling Silliphant (screenplay) and
Stanley Mann (screenplay)

Bruce Lee (story) &
James Coburn (story) and
Stirling Silliphant (story)

Produced by
Sandy Howard .... producer
Paul Maslansky .... producer
Zvi Spielmann .... associate producer
Richard R. St. Johns .... executive producer (as Richard St. Johns)
Alex Massis .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Bruce Smeaton 
 
Cinematography by
Ronnie Taylor 
 
Film Editing by
Ernest Walter 
 
Casting by
Ann Bell  (as Ann Hunter Bell)
 
Production Design by
Tambi Larsen 
 
Costume Design by
Lilly Fenichel 
 
Makeup Department
Moni Mansano .... makeup artist (as Moni Manzano)
Tom Smith .... makeup artist
Michael Westmore .... makeup artist (as Mike Westmore)
 
Production Management
Terence A. Clegg .... production supervisor (as Terry Clegg)
Gadi Levy .... production manager (as Gad Levy)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nissim Lvy .... assistant director (as Nissim Levy)
 
Art Department
Zion Kobi .... construction manager (as Zion Koby)
Jacob Kotzky .... assistant art director (as Yaako Kotzky)
Graham Sumner .... property master
 
Sound Department
Ken Barker .... sound re-recording mixer
Cyril Collick .... sound mixer
William Trent .... sound editor (as Bill Trent)
John Hayward .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Ray Caple .... mattes
 
Stunts
Terry Leonard .... stunt coordinator
Joe Lewis .... stunts (uncredited)
Mike Stone .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Danny Ben Menahem .... gaffer (as Dany Ben-Menahem)
Eli Ben-Ari .... still photographer
Eddie Collins .... assistant camera
Simon Ransley .... camera operator
Shimon Sabach .... key grip
Ian Smith .... clapper loader
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Betty St. Clair .... costume manufacturer
Rochelle Zaltzman .... wardrobe mistress (as Rochelle Saltzman)
 
Editorial Department
Christopher Lloyd .... assistant editor (as Chris Lloyd)
Noel Rogers .... assistant editor
 
Other crew
Quinn Donoghue .... unit publicist (as Quinn Donaghue)
Beth Fishman .... production secretary
Joe Lewis .... martial arts coordinator
Jean Skinner .... script supervisor
Carmela Spencer .... production coordinator
Kam Yuen .... martial arts coordinator
 
Crew believed to be complete


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102 min
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Richard Moore was hired to direct this film because his work as a cinematographer convinced the producers that he could deliver a sound visual interpretation of the story.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: During the fight between Changsha and the Black Giant David Carradine's wig falls off after a high kick.See more »
Quotes:
Cord:How long have you been blind?
Blind Man:How long have you been blind?
Cord:I'm not blind.
Blind Man:Am I?
Cord:Do you answer every question with a question?
Blind Man:Do you question every answer?
Cord:Aww, talking to you is like talking to a wall.
Blind Man:Buddha once sat before a wall, and when he arose he was enlightened.
Cord:Do you compare yourself with Buddha?
Blind Man:(chuckles) No. Only to the wall.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004)See more »

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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
An odd, but truly remarkable epic of the martial arts genre., 7 February 1999
Author: Jason C. Atwood from Suffolk, Virginia

On a lower end of the movie spectrum, CIRCLE OF IRON has astounding production values that never seemed quite possible. This is based on the inspiration of Bruce Lee, and while it is brought up with martial arts imagery, it is actually a long, adventurous, everlasting, passionate, yet odd journey about a fighter who searches for his own destiny. Odd, you ask? What's odd are the encounters of unusual people, places, things, and events designed to complicate one's trip. David Carradine has four multiple roles, one of which is Jeff Cooper's martial arts master. It is noted that Lee was destined to play the role a few years before this ever got made, and just before his untimely death. Erica Creer's stunning beauty scorches up the screen and teases your mammaries in showing off her left backside, and she won't stick around for long. Classified as a martial arts movie, do not expect this to be an all-out gang war because it is high on craftsmanship and drama, plus it should be best described as a tale of epic proportions. CIRCLE OF IRON still doesn't reign supreme, and it isn't the single greatest piece of work Lee had come up with, but it challenges moviegoers to discover the secret ways of Lee's powerful telling of the martial arts legend. A probable common classic of its kind.

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