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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Frank Couzo
Catherine Wade
Travis Brickley (as Christopher Penn)
Virgil Keller
David Agresta ...
Sonny Grasso
Don Peterson
Mrs. Grady
Edan Gross ...
Dae Han Park
Master Hee Il Cho ...
Korean Coach
Ken Nagayama ...
Yung Kim


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 <>

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Release Date:

10 November 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bedst af de bedste  »

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$1,700,000 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


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 »


Alex Grady: It's late Tommy!
Tommy Lee: Dae Han is training just as hard.
Alex Grady: Yeah, but even Dae Han get sleep.
Tommy Lee: Are you sure about that?
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Followed by Best of the Best 4: Without Warning (1998) See more »


Music by Paul Gilman
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One of the best American martial arts movies of all time
24 November 2000 | by (England) – See all my reviews

I bought this film 10 years ago and have pretty much worn out the tape now. There's not alot of films I watch this much but this one really is good. If you appreciate the martial arts you will love this film - OK it over does things on the cheese front - but this just adds to the enjoyment of the movie (provided you have a sense of humour that is). Rocky for the martial arts generation.

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