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One Down, Two to go -- A martial arts tournament promoter who gets shaken down by an evil gangster, and must call on three friends for help.


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Release Date:
19 November 1982 (USA) See more »
Forget the A-team. This is the kick-ass team! See more »
A pair of tough cops go after the mob who jinxed the martial arts tournament and injured their buddy. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Fred Williamson ... Cal

Jim Brown ... J

Jim Kelly ... Chuck

Richard Roundtree ... Ralph
Paula Sills ... Teri
Laura Loftus ... Sally

Joe Spinell ... Joe Spangler
Tom Signorelli ... Mario
John Guitz ... Bob (as John Gruitz)
Richard Noyce ... Hank
Peter Dane ... Rossi

Victoria Hale ... Mrs. Rossi
Warrington Winters ... Sheriff Lucas
Louis Neglia ... Armando
Aaron Banks ... Announcer
Mark Bruno ... Trainer
John Dorish ... Deputy
Dennis Singletary ... Boy
Captain Haggerty ... Mojo (as Arthur Haggerty)
Addison Greene ... Pete

Frank Ferrara ... Show Thug
Harry Madsen ... Show Thug

Steve Dash ... Show Thug (as Steve Daskawisz)
Lou Leccese ... Show Thug
Tom Wright ... Show Thug
Neal Gold ... Attendant #1
Paul Tellstrom ... Attendant #2
Dennis Logan ... Man in Phone
Terri DuHaime ... Nurse A (as Terri Duhaime)
Beda Elliot ... Nurse B (as Beda Eliot)
Jordan Derwin ... Doctor
Cliff Cudney ... Mario Thug
Mike Christopher ... Mario Thug
Michael Estler ... Mario Thug (as Mike Estler)
Paul Farentino ... Mario Thug
Tony Farentino ... Mario Thug
Mike Pridgen ... Mario Thug
Robert Pastner ... Slim
Irwin Litvack ... Banker
Arlene Haber ... Waitress
Jery Hewitt ... Stair Fall Thug (as Jerry Hewitt)
Edgard Mourino ... Joseph (as Edgar Maurino)
Marty Licata ... Tow Truck Driver

Jim Lovelett ... Bar Fighter Thug
Len DeVirgilio ... Tournament Thug (as Len Devirgilio)

Ed O'Ross ... Tournament Thug (as Ed O. Ross)
Peter Bucossi ... Tournament Thug (as Pete Bucossi)
Maria Lindberg ... Limo Girl 1
Suzanne von Schaack ... Limo Girl 2 (as Suzanne Von Schaak)

Angela Robinson Witherspoon ... Limo Girl 3 (as Angela Robinson)
Cassandra Wafer ... Limo Girl 4
Wockado ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jesse Harris ... Jesse (uncredited)
Patty O'Brien ... Nurse (uncredited)

Directed by
Fred Williamson 
Writing credits
Fred Williamson (story) (as Jeff Williamson)

Produced by
Robert P. Atwell .... executive producer
Randy Jurgensen .... associate producer
David Moon .... associate producer
Stan Wakefield .... associate producer
Fred Williamson .... producer
Original Music by
Herb Hetzer 
Joe Trunzo 
Cinematography by
James Lemmo 
Film Editing by
Daniel Loewenthal 
Casting by
Sarah Hyde Hamlet 
Production Management
Randy Jurgensen .... production manager
Cassius Weathersby .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael Tadross .... first assistant director
Joseph Winogradoff .... second assistant director
Art Department
Robert Wesson .... property master
Sound Department
Stan Goldstein .... boom operator
Lisa Singer .... dialogue editor
Sandy Alexander .... stunts: hotel
Bill Anagnos .... stunts: hotel (as Billy Anagnos)
Steven Lambert .... assistant stunt coordinator (as Steve Lambert)
Franklin Scott .... stunt driver (as Franklyn Scott)
Camera and Electrical Department
Richard J. Cartwright .... still photographer
Doug Greco .... camera operator
Denis Hann .... key grip
Edward Page .... gaffer
Music Department
Richard Bunkiewicz .... musician: bass
Jerry Cordasco .... musician: drums
Rick Kerner .... electronic music realizations
Ron Scalera .... musician: guitar
Joe Trunzo .... musician: piano and keyboards
Dennis Vallone .... musician: drums
Other crew
Elise Bernbach .... photo double
Jose Gallardo .... title designer
Scott MacQueen .... production assistant
Steven Wren .... production assistant

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"One Down, Two to Go" - USA (original title)
"Three the Hard Way Part 2" - USA (alternative title)
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85 min | USA:89 min
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

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 »
Cal:I may not know kung fu, but I'm an expert in gun fu.See more »
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1 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Would you dare to bring it on., 14 April 2007
Author: lost-in-limbo from the Mad Hatter's tea party.

During a martial arts tournament, fighter Chuck and his friend Ralph think there's something crooked going on behind the scenes. Chuck checks it out and discovers match fixing, but for his troubles he's shot. Ralph becomes worried when Chuck disappears, but they meet up and learn that they won't be getting the money they're owned by the tournament organisers, but become actual targets. Chuck is shot again, Ralph is knocked out cold and Chuck's girl gets raped and kidnapped. Before this had happened, Chuck got his gal to ring his buddies Cal and J to come down and help get their money. Their friends are missing, so Cal and J decide to start up their own investigation and get down to business.

Oh yeah, what a bang-up leading cast we got here! Fred "The Hammer" Williamson's laid-back, rough 'n' tumble late blaxpoitation piece goes on to team up influential 70s exploitation figures Jim Brown, Richard Roundtree, Jim Kelly and Fred Williamson. Hell, that's great! Well, you would like to think so, but the script never lets the four interact with each other too often. The straight-forward material isn't anything special and it might rely on its stars' presences, but there's no question about the sheer spirit and exciting raw beatings, shootouts and explosions interwoven into Williamson's rough-around-edges direction. Smothering proceedings is ultra-smooth dialogues packed stinging wisecracks and ripe humour. Roundtree and Kelly seem to be in supporting roles compared the likes of Brown and Williamson. Honestly when the latter two appeared, that's when the wham-bam attitude and hard-ass excitement seemed to break out. The opening ten minutes actually sets-up an authentic martial arts tournament for the film, where these guys are literally busting their guts for prize money. After some slow moments, it does take its time to find its groove. However the funked-up soundtrack is a real highlight and an atmospherically scorching score is filtered in nicely. Pulsating camera-work is lucidly leering and naturally fitting to the stark and gritty look of the film's locations. The four main men are great. A domineering Brown is excellent as the polite, but persuasively forceful J. The sensational Williamson chews it up with pure vigour and charm as Cal. Roundtree paints a macho awe to Ralph and what little time a solid Kelly gets is done with enough aplomb. Peter Dane and Tom Signorelli make for decent scummy villains and their dopey henchmen cop nothing but beatings. Joe Spinell makes for an amusing minor performance as a twitchy promoter who gets a visit by Roundtree. Warrington Winters injects some light humour as the random appearing sheriff, who just doesn't want trouble in the way of gunfire and explosions that seems to follow these men. The feisty Paula Sills and the endearing buxom Laura Loftus play the sweethearts.

Like the tag-line suggests, this blaxpoitation does pack four times the punch with its ass-whopping. Despite some splintered chemistry, there's still plenty there to offer the fans.

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