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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 ...
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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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What does it take to turn five uncontrollable characters into one unbeatable team? 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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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

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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Featured in Half in the Bag: B-Fest 2012 Recap (2012) See more »

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RADAR LOVE
Written by George Kooymans and Barry Hay
Performed by Golden Earring
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A reasonable representation of martial arts as a sport
3 February 2005 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Best of the best is one of those rare movie; a credible and fairly realistic representation of martial arts as a sport. Yes, it is a cheese fest but it's a good one. The characters are likable, the action scenes are brilliantly done and although the story isn't as engaging as it could have been it does work.

The story shows the selection and training of the US and the Korean national karate teams who we know from the start of the movie will face each other in a televised sporting event. All the character development is with the Americans though and this film is essentially about them. While the training and character building are good, and do make you care to some extent about the Americans, the entire movie is really all about the final fights. They are technically brilliant and very well shot. The second to last fight will send tingles down your spine, and the final fight - well, my wife hates this sort of movie but even she was in tears at the end.

I liked this movie a lot. It's in my collection and my advice to anyone who enjoys a good fight film is to give this a chance.


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