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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?


(as Bob Radler)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Frank Couzo
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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 <geneg@kandasoft.com>

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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 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 »


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 »


Alex Grady: [after having bad shoulder badly separated] Pop it, Pop it Tommy, POP IT!
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Followed by Best of the Best 3: No Turning Back (1995) See more »


Written and Produced by Ike Stubblefield
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Truly the Best of the Best
13 October 2001 | by (Essex) – See all my reviews

This film shows all the hall-marks of a classic Martial Art flick where, Alex Grady, a down on his luck karate competitor is chosen to be a part of the US National Karate Team. For three months, Alex with four other would be champions must train hard under the watchful eye of Coach Couzo (James Earl Jones). They must be at their peak if they are to beat the masterful team from Korea.

This film has it all, from spectacularly choreographed martial arts to the emotions of human life. The fight scenes at the end our breath taking with the two brothers, Simon and Phillip Rhee, showing the true essence of traditional Tae Kwon Do.

James Earl Jones and Chris Penn add a nice touch of humour throughout the film and the way director, Bob Radler, inter-weaves the stories of the fighters is wonderfully done.

With the unusual twist at the end this film has to be one of the best martial arts films of all time. Apart from some shady acting at times and an 'over the top' fight with Alex at the end, this film is what every martial art fan dreams about.

A definate must even if your not a martial art fan.

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