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Best of the Best (1989)

PG-13 | | Action, Drama, Sport | 10 November 1989 (USA)
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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(as Bob Radler)

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Travis Brickley (as Christopher Penn)
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Virgil Keller
David Agresta ...
Sonny Grasso
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Don Peterson
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Mrs. Grady
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Jennings
Edan Gross ...
Walter Grady
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Master Hee Il Cho ...
Korean Coach
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Sae Jin Kwon
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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10 November 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bedst af de bedste  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$990,000, 11 November 1989, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$1,700,000
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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 »

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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

Commentator: [after Dae Hawn has been knocked down by Tommy Lee and Dae Hawn's eye patch fell off exposing his deformed eye] 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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Featured in The Slanted Screen (2006) See more »

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THE DEVIL MADE ME DO IT
Written by George Kooymans and Barry Hay
Performed by Golden Earring
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A reasonable representation of martial arts as a sport
3 February 2005 | by See all my reviews

Best of the best is one of those rare movie; a credible and fairly realistic representation of martial arts as a sport. Yes, it is a cheese fest but it's a good one. The characters are likable, the action scenes are brilliantly done and although the story isn't as engaging as it could have been it does work.

The story shows the selection and training of the US and the Korean national karate teams who we know from the start of the movie will face each other in a televised sporting event. All the character development is with the Americans though and this film is essentially about them. While the training and character building are good, and do make you care to some extent about the Americans, the entire movie is really all about the final fights. They are technically brilliant and very well shot. The second to last fight will send tingles down your spine, and the final fight - well, my wife hates this sort of movie but even she was in tears at the end.

I liked this movie a lot. It's in my collection and my advice to anyone who enjoys a good fight film is to give this a chance.


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