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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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(as Bob Radler)

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Cast

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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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Storyline

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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Only when the right people come together at the right moment for the right reasons, only then can they become... See more »


Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

10 November 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bedst af de bedste  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

DEM 76,480 (West Germany) (4 July 1989)

Gross:

$1,700,000 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Simon and Phillip Rhee, Dae Han and Tommy Lee, are real-life brothers. See more »

Goofs

In one of the training scenes early on in the movie, Virgil throws a flying kick at a speedbag. He turns around, and his beard is shaved. The next time Virgil appears, he has his beard again. In the timeline of events, he does not officially shave his beard until right before the team leaves for Korea, near the end of the movie. See more »

Quotes

Dae Han: [during the awards ceremony, slowly hobbling towards Tommy Lee and putting his medal around Tommy Lee's neck] To save a life in defeat is to earn victory and honor within. Your brother too, was a great fighter. I deeply regret your loss, and I offer myself as your brother.
Tommy Lee: [Putting his head down and tearfully crying. Raises his head back up and accepts his apology]
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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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