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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Travis Brickley (as Christopher Penn)
Virgil Keller
David Agresta ...
Sonny Grasso
Don Peterson
Mrs. Grady
Edan Gross ...
Walter Grady
Master Hee Il Cho ...
Korean Coach
Sae Jin Kwon
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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


A team is not a team if you don't give a damn about each other. See more »


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Release Date:

10 November 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bedst af de bedste  »

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Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$990,000, 11 November 1989, Wide Release

Gross 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 »


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 »


Travis Brickley: Yeah! Drop him like a toilet seat, Tommy!
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A great martial arts movie.
14 September 2001 | by See all my reviews

This is the first movie in a series of 4,and I must say that this is the best of them.

The movie is about us national karate team who goes to the world championship to compete. The movie show how all the different personalities on the U.S team help each other and train to fight their greatest opponents,Korea.And they get to learn the saying 'A Team is Not a Team if You Don't Give a Damn About Each Other' Koreas team is amazing and show some great fighting techniques.

You must not think of this as a Karate Kid movie or anything like that,because this is a movie about serious people who compete in one of the hardest tournaments in the world. The fighting scenes in this movie is great filmed and choreographed. In the leading role you will fin Eric Roberts as one of the fighters on the U.S team.

This is one of the greatest fighting movies in the 80s and maybe the 90s.

So if you like action and karate movies,then this is a must.

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