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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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Frank Couzo
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Catherine Wade
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Travis Brickley (as Christopher Penn)
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Virgil Keller
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Sonny Grasso
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Don Peterson
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Mrs. Grady
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Jennings
Edan Gross ...
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Dae Han Park
Master Hee Il Cho ...
Korean Coach
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Ken Nagayama ...
Yung Kim
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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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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)  »

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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 »

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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 »

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Alex Grady: [after being kicked off the team] Coach. Coach. Hey Frank! You want me to beg? Okay, I'll beg. This is the only thing I know I am good at! Don't take that away from me!
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Followed by Best of the Best 4: Without Warning (1998) See more »

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La donna è mobile
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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.

7/10


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