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Best of the Best (1989)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Drama, Sport  |  10 November 1989 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Frank Couzo
Catherine Wade
Travis Brickley (as Christopher Penn)
Virgil Keller
David Agresta ...
Sonny Grasso
Don Peterson
Mrs. Grady
Edan Gross ...
Dae Han Park
Master Hee Il Cho ...
Korean Coach
Ken Nagayama ...
Yung Kim


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 <>

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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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Release Date:

10 November 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bedst af de bedste  »

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$1,700,000 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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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 »


In one of the training scenes early on in the movie, Virgil throws a flying kick at a speedbag. He turns around, and his beard is shaved. The next time Virgil appears, he has his beard again. In the timeline of events, he does not officially shave his beard until right before the team leaves for Korea, near the end of the movie. See more »


Coach Couzo: My name is Frank Couzo. To you, I am either Coach, or Mr Couzo. Starting tommorow, you are mine for the next three months. That means no women, no alcohol, no drugs. You will eat, sleep and shit competition.
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Written by Jim Capaldi, Peter Vale and Miles Waters
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This movie does a great job!
29 September 2001 | by (SA,TX) – See all my reviews

This movie does a great job of combining martial arts action and is emotional. I have seen all 4 of the series but I have to say that this one and Best of the Best 2 are my favorites. The third one has a lot of great fight scenes but doesn't have quite the kick without Eric Roberts. All the fight scenes weather compitition or a bar fight are wonderfully done. Eric Roberts fighting is really good but Phillip Rhee fighting is just wonderful to watch. His movements are very clean, fluid and powerful.

There are very strong emotional parts as well that are very well portrayed. I am a huge martial arts fan and have been for many years. So if you want a movie that has good acting. great fight scenes and has a tear jerking emotional feel to it, this is a great movie.

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