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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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Sonny Grasso
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Don Peterson
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Mrs. Grady
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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>

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What does it take to turn five uncontrollable characters into one unbeatable team? See more »


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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 Alex receives his letter indicating he has been selected for the National Team, the word Congratulations is misspelled as "congradulations". See more »

Quotes

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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Followed by Best of the Best 3: No Turning Back (1995) 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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