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A young Asian American martial artist is forced to participate in a brutal formal street-fight competition.

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Leggetti
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Morgan
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Mae
Lenny Montana ...
John
Pat E. Johnson ...
Carl (as Pat Johnson)
Mary Ellen O'Neill ...
Dominici's Mother
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Kwan
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Miss Wong
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Jug (as Peter Marc)
Marcus K. Mukai ...
Robert (as Marcus Mukai)
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A young Asian American martial artist is forced to participate in a brutal formal street-fight competition.

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A Martial Arts fight to the finish. Filmed in America by the producers of 'Enter the Dragon'.

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29 August 1980 (USA)  »

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The film was the first time that the authentic voice of Jackie Chan was heard in a motion picture. All of Chan's prior Hong Kong films had featured traditional dubbing of his voice for both Cantonese and Mandarin releases. As a matter of fact, he wouldn't dub his own voice in a Hong Kong feature before Police Story 3: Supercop (1992). See more »

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Though the film is set in the 1930's, modern railroad freight cars not introduced until the 1970's are seen behind Jackie early into the film. See more »

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Jackie Chan's failed US debut is quite fun and better than it's reputation
19 February 2006 | by See all my reviews

This Jackie Chan vehicle,his first attempt to break into the American market,generally has a bad reputation. Jackie himself hated myself the film,one of the reasons being that he had little to no control over the action. It was also a box office flop,despite it regrouping some of the team that made Enter The Dragon.

However,The Big Brawl is not all that bad. Indeed at first it seems that it does not at all deserve it's critics. Lalo Schifrin's main theme is exceptionally groovy,the 1030s Chicage setting is reasonably well evoked and there is one early fight scene,in which Jackie defeats three baddies seemingly by accident,that,although a little slow,does come across as being classic Jackie,combining fighting and slapstick typically well. As the film goes on it loses interest somewhat,especially as the final third is just Jackie fighting a bunch of wrestler types in the Big Brawl of the title. Nonetheless, if you don't expect much and/or have not seen many other of Chan's movie fights,they are fairly entertaining,as he defeats his opponents with his skill and agility, and despite the slow choreography,he does perform a few great moves and dangerous moments.

Elsewhere Mako is great fun as Jackie's uncle/teacher and his training scenes with Jackie are fun. It's also interesting to see Jackie in a supposedly sexual relationship with his girlfriend {something he normally shied away from}and here are also a few good laughs involving some inept gangsters. The Big Brawl is seriously flawed,but it really isn't bad. It's certainly better than The Protector!


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