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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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Eddie Arkadian (as Chris Murney)
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Sho'nuff / The Shogun of Harlem (as Julius J. Carry III)
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Tai
Roger Campbell ...
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Sophia (as Keshia Knight)
Jamal Mason ...
Roy
B.J. Barie ...
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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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The last of his kind. The best of the best. See more »

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Action | Comedy | Drama | Music

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22 March 1985 (USA)  »

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Berry Gordy's The Last Dragon  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)

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$33,000,000 (USA)
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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 »

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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 »

Quotes

Richie Green: [about Leroy] I'm tellin' you, pop. The boy's an awkward. Stupid old clothes, won't mess with no babes... People talk, you know.
Mama Green: Richard, leave your brother alone.
Richie Green: I can't help it if he's weird. You're weird, man! Really weird!
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Connections

References The Chinese Connection (1972) See more »

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The Last Dragon
Performed by Dwight David
Written by Norman Whitfield, Bruce Miller
Produced by Norman Whitfield
for Johnny Boy Productions
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One long music video with chop socky thrown in
27 June 2001 | by (Midnight Movie Land) – See all my reviews

Lest we forget, this is BERRY GORDY's The Last Dragon. He was the head of Motown Records. It has the look of a music video for a good reason, it was produced and directed by music video people. Made to sell soundtracks like almost every Robert Stigwood movie of the 1970s.

Tiamak play Leroy, often called Bruce LeeRoy in this movie(ouch). It's amazing that he didnt do more in Hollywood than he did, maybe it was a personal choice of his, it certainly does not seem to be because of any lack of talent. He could have been an action hero on the level of a Van Damme in my opinion (with a little acting talent added in...).

Vanity is beautiful, as usual, as the host of a TV video show, remember them? She is very easy on the eyes and the role does not require too much in the way of her acting, so she does very well.

The story line is silly and improbable. All this action and no police ever show up? The movie makers and Tiamak seem to obviously love Bruce Lee movies, and for Lee fans this was a nice way of seeing Bruce back on the big screen after 12 years or so of nothing after his death. The scene where Vanity presents Leroy with a video compilation of some of Bruce's greatest moves is a highlight of this movie.

Worth seeing. Be in a light, silly mood and you will get the most out of it. Be sarcastic and critical and you will have a miserable time. Remember, your children will laugh at your favorite movies as well.


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