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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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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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There's a kind of inner strength you never know you have...until it's ALL you have. See more »


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10 November 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bedst af de bedste  »

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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 »


During the match between Alex and Sae Jin Kwon, when both teams rush to the stage, Dae Han when he jumps on the stage in wearing sneakers. When Dae Han runs to break up Alex and Kwon, Dae Han is wearing Shin Instep guards instead of the sneakers. See more »


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A Really Good Martial Arts Movie
16 February 2006 | by (England) – See all my reviews

Alex Grady (Eric Roberts) the widowed father of his five-year-old son is chosen to represent the United States of America in a karate tournament against team Korea, where the odds of winning are slim at best. Coached by James Earl Jones and Sally Kirkland the team prepare to meet an unstoppable group of true martial arts experts, and along their journey they have to deal with their personal conflicts and tragedies, before they become a team.

OK the story and script are cheesy, and some of the acting is a little weak, but the sentiment and melodrama is not all misplaced and the martial arts sequences are fantastic, particularly from Eric Roberts and Christopher Penn, who are not trained martial artists.

A must see for martial arts fans, and a good film for everyone.


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