One Down, Two to go (1982)
"One Down, Two to Go" (original title)

R  |   |  Action, Drama  |  19 November 1982 (USA)
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A pair of tough cops go after the mob who jinxed the martial arts tournament and injured their buddy.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Paula Sills ...
Laura Loftus ...
Joe Spangler
Tom Signorelli ...
John Guitz ...
Bob (as John Gruitz)
Richard Noyce ...
Peter Dane ...
Mrs. Rossi
Warrington Winters ...
Sheriff Lucas
Louis Neglia ...
Aaron Banks ...


During a high-stakes east-west karate tournament, coach Chuck suspects the match is rigged against him. When looking around the other team's locker room gets him shot, he calls in Cal and J, his partners from California. After exercising a little persuasion and a lot of brute force, they discover who's behind it all. Now the only problem is getting back the money Chuck is owed. Written by Amazon

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The fights that take place during the fictitious martial arts tournament that open the film, were in fact actually real and not staged. Fred Williamson had organized it so that the fights would look authentic and the winner of each fight got paid five hundred dollars and with the loser getting one hundred dollars. See more »


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Big reunion doesn't save this film.
29 November 1998 | by (Suffolk, Virginia) – See all my reviews

Four top actors from the 70s blaxploitation era starred in what should be considered as a reunion. It looked like this film was made and released way too late long after the genre's heydays. Obviously, it doesn't feel like a classic 70s show at all. Don't expect much from Jim Kelly, who gets shot twice in the shoulder and remains helpless throughout the rest of the film. That leaves Williamson and Brown to do the bidding. They seemed to be veterans together in doing this. Unfortunately, the awful slow pace of the action bogs this one down along with a serious lack of originality and too many jazzy soul tunes interferes the whole thing. Richard Roundtree (SHAFT) only appears during the final minutes. The ending was absolutely catchy, and should've proven something about the actors' future following the making of this picture. It's interesting to note that the two Jims and Fred Williamson (who directed this) were cast together in THREE THE HARD WAY, which wasn't the greatest 70s blaxploitation movie around. ONE DOWN, TWO TO GO was a nice try at reviving the soul-crazed genre out of the grave, but it fails miserably at the end.

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