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Circle of Iron
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Release Date:
25 July 1978 (France) See more »
Bruce Lee's spirit lives in ... Circle of Iron See more »
A young martial artist embarks on an adventure, encountering other martial artists in battle until one day he meets an aging blind man who will show him the true meaning of martial arts and life. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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User Reviews:
"Nothing is Self..." See more (49 total) »


  (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)

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
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
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

David Carradine wore spherical contact lens for his role as the blind man. Said contact lens were very painful and hence Carradine could only wear them for one hour at a time.See more »
Revealing mistakes: During the fight between Changsha and the Black Giant David Carradine's wig falls off after a high kick.See more »
The Blind Man:It's hard to kill a horse with a flute.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Kung Fu Panda (2008)See more »


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20 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
"Nothing is Self...", 16 August 2000
Author: Tensman from USA

This film is outstanding, if not a cinematic work of excellence. The level of camp it displays works well with the oddly exotic Israeli background it was filmed upon. Many stories are offered about how Bruce Lee and James Coburn struggled to move this project forward, and how David Carradine capitalized on his fame in the TV series "Kung Fu" to pick up the story rights, but the work also honors what Lee felt was the essence of the martial arts. This film is mistakenly classified as a "martial arts" film, and subsequently knocked for Carradine's friend and co-star Jeff Cooper's lack of grace and skills in both fighting and acting. "Circle of Iron" also has its flaws in direction and incidental music but shines in its eccentricity, cast, zen precepts, and Cord's awakening that "there is no meaning in life except the meaning that man gives his life by the unfolding of his powers".

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