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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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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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You can work, sweat, train, and dream...and still never be better than good. 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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Simon and Phillip Rhee, Dae Han and Tommy Lee, are real-life brothers. See more »

Goofs

When Tommy & Travis are sparring in the ring, Tommy pulls a punch when Travis is on the mat. In the wide view, Tommy is punching with his left. In the closeup of Travis immediately after, Tommy's right fist is in the shot above Travis' face. See more »

Quotes

Alex Grady: [after having bad shoulder badly separated] Pop it, Pop it Tommy, POP IT!
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Edited into Best of the Best II (1993) See more »

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TALES OF POWER
Written by Jim Capaldi, Carlos Santana, C. Thompson and 'Orestes Vilató'
Performed by Jim Capaldi
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Great movie.....
10 August 2004 | by (NYC) – See all my reviews

First let me address everyone who knocked this movie, this movie wasn't made to earn Oscars and a host of other accolades, it is what it is. If this sounds vague to you, I'll tell you what it is. It's a great martial arts movie made in the era of Bloodsport, Kickboxer, King of Kickboxers, and such other similar films. For what it is, its a phenomenal movie. Great fight scenes, especially when Phillip Rhee is fighting as well as the Korean team, (the rest of the American team sucked, filled with bad actors like Eric Roberts.. who gives a sh!t about eric roberts, but I digress). Sure it was cheesy but what did you expect, an Oscar award winning movie, no, you go to see this for the mindless fun it gives you, just like Rocky IV that everyone mentioned in the comments, sure story wise Rocky IV wasn't the best, but I love the fights, the training, all of that... Its a fun movie.

This is my all time favorite martial arts movie, along with anything from Sho Kosugi, and Van Damme's Bloodsport and Kickboxer (his other movies sucked the big one). It has great fighting scenes, decent yet predictable story, you like the characters, etc. etc. The sequels however were retarded, how an Olympian Tae Kwon Doe becomes involved in all these crazy adventures in 2,3, and 4 I don't know. I've only seen 2 out of the sequels and refuse to watch 3 and 4. Two was enough.

***UPDATE: I have finally found it on DVD... got it from Best Buy for $15.***


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