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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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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The character Walter Grady is named after the father of Eric Roberts: Walter Grady Roberts. See more »


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 »


Coach Couzo: [to Wade as she confronts him after seeing Tommy's brother on tape] This has nothing to do with winning; if those boys do their best and fail, I'll still be proud, but if they don't give it their all and I don't give them mine, then it's my failure and my disgrace. In fact, that's exactly what happened to Tommy's brother. You saw that tape? I was the coach of that team, Ms. Wade. And back then, I didn't have the heart to give them rules and drive them to the edge to the point where they hated my...
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The greatest ever
30 November 2005 | by (Belgium) – See all my reviews

I've seen lots of comment on this movie but this is my all time favorite. The first time I saw the movie I was 7 years old I'm 23 now and last week I saw him for the 58the time. I admit, the screenplay becomes old fashion after all those years but it's the greatest taekwondo-movie ever made!!! Everybody talks about the karate movie, OK, it's the "US karate-team" but the main fights are taekwondo-style, with a little bit of hapkido in it. Especially the true taekwondo battle between the rhee brothers at the end, I'm a taekwondo-member myself and what they 'fake' is very difficult, ever harder than a real fight. And too all the people here who think this movie is't worth rating high, try those kicks yourselves, trust me,it's hard, even without opponent! Best of the best rules!!!

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