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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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Master Hee Il Cho ...
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Yung Kim
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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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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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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 »

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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

Commentator: [after Dae Hawn has been knocked down by Tommy Lee] This could be it! This could be it! If he doesn't get up, it's a technical knockout! The American team will win this tournament!
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Followed by Best of the Best 3: No Turning Back (1995) See more »

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Written by Paul Airey
Performed by David Steele with Sue Leonard
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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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