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No Retreat, No Surrender (1986)

PG  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  2 May 1986 (USA)
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Jason Stillwell, a Bruce Lee fan, is beaten numerous times and trains from the ghost of Lee. Jason then must use his newly acquired skills to save Seattle from a crime syndicate, whose top ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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J.W. Fails ...
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Kelly Reilly
Tai Chung Kim ...
Sensei Lee (as Kim Tai Chong)
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Scott
Ron Pohnel ...
Dale Jacoby ...
Dean Ramsay
Peter Cunningham ...
Frank Peters (as Pete Cunningham)
Timothy D. Baker ...
Tom Stillwell
Gloria Marziano ...
Mrs. Stillwell
Joe Verroca ...
New York Agent (as Joe Vance)
Farid Panahi ...
New York Assistant #1
Tom Harris ...
New York Assistant #2
John Andes ...
New York Boss
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Storyline

Jason Stillwell, a Bruce Lee fan, is beaten numerous times and trains from the ghost of Lee. Jason then must use his newly acquired skills to save Seattle from a crime syndicate, whose top martial artist is the deadly Ivan. Written by Albert Valentin <albval@hotmail.com>

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Tonight, He either fights for his life or he'll be running for the rest of it. See more »

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Action | Crime | Drama

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2 May 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Retroceder nunca, rendirse jamás  »

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$4,662,137 (USA)
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Trivia

The scene that has Kurt McKinney doing two-finger push-ups was actually filmed with wires to hoist McKinney up and down. They used trees in the background to cover up the wire. See more »

Goofs

When the baddies enter the dojo, people can be seen practicing in the window reflection, but in the shots before and after that, the students are leaving the room. See more »

Quotes

Ivan: You're good.
Jason Stillwell: I get better.
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Crazy Credits

Jean-Claude Van Damme's character is Ivan, but in the ending credits, next to his name reads, "Karl Brezdin". See more »

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Followed by No Retreat, No Surrender 3: Blood Brothers (1990) See more »

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Hold on to the Vision
(Main Theme)
Written by Frank Harris and Jo Mortensen
Performed by Kevin Chalfant
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One of the greatest 80s-movies ever, with a terrific soundtrack!
30 August 2004 | by (Mayen, Germany) – See all my reviews

"No Retreat, No Surrender" is one of the greatest films I've ever seen. It's surely not very demanding or high-grade, but that doesn't really matter at all. It gives you such a great feeling of the 80s with all the typical clothes, sayings and especially the fantastic music. I like the story of the underdog becoming the winner. The film tells in a very simple way to never give up. It also has a pretty funny side. It is the only film known by me, with two different soundtracks. The US-version is different to the European one. I like the last one more, with the great song "Hold on to the vision" by Kevin Chalfant. It was unfortunately never available on CD or in any other way. Together with the great 80s-movies "BMX Bandits" and "Stand by me" this film is one of the most important movies of my childhood and also youth. When I saw "No Retreat, No Surrender" ("Karate Tiger" in Germany) for the first time, it was the reason for me to join a Karate Dojo for 4 years! I think that's it... this movie rocks!!! 80s 4ever!


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