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A team from the United States is going to compete against Korea in a Tae Kwon Do tournament. The team consists of fighters from all over the country--can they overcome their rivalry and work together to win?

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Frank Couzo
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Catherine Wade
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Travis Brickley (as Christopher Penn)
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Don Peterson
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Mrs. Grady
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Dae Han Park
Master Hee Il Cho ...
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Ken Nagayama ...
Yung Kim
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Storyline

Team USA gets rid of personal ghosts while fighting Team Korea in Taekwondo championship. "Adversity overcome" formula with excellent fighting scenes. Written by Gene Gorokhovsky <geneg@kandasoft.com>

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A team is not a team if you don't give a damn about each other. See more »


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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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10 November 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Campeón de campeones  »

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$1,700,000 (USA)
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The only film in the Best of the Best series to be given a PG-13 certificate in the US, as all sequels would be rated R. See more »

Goofs

During the match between Alex and Sae Jin Kwon, when both teams rush to the stage, Dae Han when he jumps on the stage in wearing sneakers. When Dae Han runs to break up Alex and Kwon, Dae Han is wearing Shin Instep guards instead of the sneakers. See more »

Quotes

Coach Couzo: [to Wade as she confronts him after seeing Tommy's brother on tape] This has nothing to do with winning; if those boys do their best and fail, I'll still be proud, but if they don't give it their all and I don't give them mine, then it's my failure and my disgrace. In fact, that's exactly what happened to Tommy's brother. You saw that tape? I was the coach of that team, Ms. Wade. And back then, I didn't have the heart to give them rules and drive them to the edge to the point where they hated my...
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Followed by Best of the Best 4: Without Warning (1998) See more »

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Written by Charlie Major
Performed by Charlie Major
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A Really Good Martial Arts Movie
16 February 2006 | by (England) – See all my reviews

Alex Grady (Eric Roberts) the widowed father of his five-year-old son is chosen to represent the United States of America in a karate tournament against team Korea, where the odds of winning are slim at best. Coached by James Earl Jones and Sally Kirkland the team prepare to meet an unstoppable group of true martial arts experts, and along their journey they have to deal with their personal conflicts and tragedies, before they become a team.

OK the story and script are cheesy, and some of the acting is a little weak, but the sentiment and melodrama is not all misplaced and the martial arts sequences are fantastic, particularly from Eric Roberts and Christopher Penn, who are not trained martial artists.

A must see for martial arts fans, and a good film for everyone.

7/10


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