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The Last Dragon (1985)

PG-13 | | Action, Comedy, Drama | 22 March 1985 (USA)
In New York City, a young man searches for the "master" to obtain the final level of martial arts mastery known as the glow. Along the way, he must fight a martial arts expert corrupted ... See full summary »



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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Eddie Arkadian (as Chris Murney)
Sho'nuff / The Shogun of Harlem (as Julius J. Carry III)
Leo O'Brien ...
Roger Campbell ...
Esther Marrow ...
Sophia (as Keshia Knight)
Jamal Mason ...
B.J. Barie ...


In New York City, a young man searches for the "master" to obtain the final level of martial arts mastery known as the glow. Along the way, he must fight a martial arts expert corrupted with power, and rescue a beautiful singer from an obsessed music promoter. Written by <akil@uclink4.berkeley.edu>

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Need somebody to lend a foot...? Meet "Bruce Leroy" Green. See more »


Action | Comedy | Drama | Music


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Release Date:

22 March 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Berry Gordy's The Last Dragon  »

Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)


$33,000,000 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Under pressure from the studio, trying to cut the budget by $2 million, director Michael Schultz and screenwriter Louis Venosta sat up all night in a hotel room, re-writing the script. When Venosta fell asleep, Schultz decided to delete 40 pages of the script. When Venosta awoke the next morning, the pair spent the day recreating the deleted material. See more »


When Sho'nuff's crew enters the theater, the gang members stand on either side, in mixed lines of 3. When the camera cuts back, 3 women are in the left, and 3 men are on the right. See more »


Disco Kid: [sees Laura kissing Leroy] Yo, man, check out the cornball!
Richie Green: He ain't no cornball! He's my brother. And he's the master.
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References The Chinese Connection (1972) See more »


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A classic, hands down.
29 June 1999 | by See all my reviews

This movie is like a guilty pleasure- nobody really talks about it, but every time it comes up in a crowd, within seconds people are using classic lines like "Who's the master?" and "Hey my man, what it look like?" and laughing like maniacs.

This was my favorite movie as a teenager and I've probably seen it 100 times. From the hilarious over-the-top performances to the hybrid karate/comedy/musical genre, it's a movie that kept me laughing the whole way through.

If you like classic movies, then don't waste your time- you'd be better off watching "The Sound of Music" for the 800th time. But if you didn't like this movie, odds are you tried not to.

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