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No Retreat, No Surrender (1986)

PG | | Action, Crime, Drama | 2 May 1986 (USA)
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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J.W. Fails ...
Kathie Sileno ...
Kelly Reilly
Tae-jeong 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 (as Tim Baker)
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 ...
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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 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:

Ring of Truth  »

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$4,662,137 (USA)
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| (DVD) | (1986 video release)

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Jean-Claude Van Damme's Feature Film Debut See more »

Goofs

When Jason's father is serving beer in the bar the foam on the top changes drastically in amount several times. See more »

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Scott: Stick with me, guys; you'll never go hungry.
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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 American Shaolin (1991) See more »

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A Bottle and a Song
Written by Frank Harris and Mary Reynolds
Sung by Mary Reynolds
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A seminal piece
20 March 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Some would say the lack of budget, acting, story, equipment and ability would ruin a movie. Some might even say that using a very tired formula about the Cold War (and oh so blatant) would be rubbish. Some would say that a story that makes no sense is good. Some would even say that the lines "Hey Jayson, you look like you've seen a ghost" "I think I have" is stupid because the person in question never died or appeared to die or even got injured at any point. They might think it's just a cheap excuse to use an overused line to sound good.

To those people I say : How dare you

Jean Claude van Damme's career never went as high as this afterwards, it was all downhill (although some would argue that Streetfighter came close). Jason Stillwell was so good that he had to refuse offers later on from the makers of Blade, the Matrix, various Star Wars movies. Still, when you've been in a film this big where can you go from there. He decided to quit while he was at the top rather than fade away with lesser films. If anyone noticed, the REAL Bruce Lee is in this film. I don't know who that guy was in all those other films, but I know for sure this one was the real deal.

As for the story, it was a roller-coaster from start to finish. Friendship, love, gay sex, loyalty and black people were all discussed in this film which broke new artistic ground. To conclude, this film will spellbound and amaze. Anyone who hasn't seen it is missing out on a piece of culture that the whole world should share.


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