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Best of the Best (1989)

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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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Virgil Keller
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Sonny Grasso
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Don Peterson
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Mrs. Grady
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Jennings
Edan Gross ...
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Dae Han Park
Master Hee Il Cho ...
Korean Coach
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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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There's a kind of inner strength you never know you have...until it's ALL you have. See more »


Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

10 November 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Campeón de campeones  »

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Box Office

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$1,700,000 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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

When the fighters are holding the pressure pad for each other and Tommy kicks Virgil during this training session and sends Virgil flying to the ground, the black crash mat that he lands on to cushion his fall is visible, but when everybody rushes to see if Virgil is OK the crash mat has vanished. See more »

Quotes

Tommy Lee: I wanna kill that son of a bitch.
Alex Grady: Then kill that son of a bitch.
Tommy Lee: Alex! I'm afraid!
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Edited into Best of the Best II (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

DEVIL MADE ME DO IT
Written by George Kooymans and Barry Hay
Performed by Golden Earring
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The Best is the Best
14 March 2002 | by (Long Beach, CA) – See all my reviews

I'm not sure why I liked this movie so much. The plot is just another Rocky derivative and the dialogue rather pedestrian. However, it does have James Earl Jones which is always a plus. Despite the cliché story I still actually cried at the end. I was moved. I felt for these characters, their struggle and their triumph. This movie is a good guilty pleasure. It shouldn't be as enjoyable as it is. Here's to the emotional power of cheese.


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