Rip is the World Wrestling Federation champion who is faithful to his fans and the network he wrestles for. Brell, the new head of the World Television Network, wants Rip to wrestle for his... See full summary »

Director:

Writer:

Reviews

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Action | Comedy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  

Shep Ramsey is an interstellar hero, righting wrongs, etc. His ship is damaged after a fight with an interstellar nasty and he must hide out on Earth until it can recharge. He leaves his ... See full summary »

Director: Burt Kennedy
Stars: Hulk Hogan, Christopher Lloyd, Shelley Duvall
Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.3/10 X  

When mercenary "Hardball" Cutter discovers that the team he is working with is actually a group of IRA gunrunners, he decides to put a stop to their plans. Furious with Cutter, the gunrunners target him, his partner, and his family.

Director: Jon Cassar
Stars: Hulk Hogan, Carl Marotte, Cynthia Preston
Thunder in Paradise (Video 1993)
Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  

Terry "Hulk" Hogan stars as R. J. "Hurricane" Spencer who is an ex-Navy S. E. A. L. and confirmed bachelor struggling to make ends meet. In order to save his superboat THUNDER (and ... See full summary »

Director: Douglas Schwartz
Stars: Hulk Hogan, Felicity Waterman, Carol Alt
WrestleMania III (TV Movie 1987)
Action | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Hulk Hogan goes up against Andre the Giant for the WWF World Championship, while Randy 'Macho Man' Savage battles Ricky Steamboat for the Intercontinental Championship at the Pontiac Silverdome in Detroit.

Stars: Hulk Hogan, André the Giant, Randy Savage
Thunder in Paradise (TV Series 1994)
Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Randolph Spencer and Martin Brubaker were ex-Navy SEALS-turned-mercenaries who hired themselves out as soldiers of fortune for a very high fee. On their missions, Spence and Bru relied ... See full summary »

Stars: Hulk Hogan, Chris Lemmon, Carol Alt
Thunder in Paradise II (Video 1994)
Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  

Kelly is whisked off into Prince Aramour's harem and given to his enemy as tribute in this romantic tale of capture and rescue.

Director: Douglas Schwartz
Stars: Hulk Hogan, Chris Lemmon, Carol Alt
Knucklehead (2010)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

After con artist Eddie Sullivan (Feuerstein) incurs a large debt with a local criminal ringleader, he creates a get-rich-quick scheme and enlists a sweet gentle giant named Walter (Wight) ... See full summary »

Director: Michael W. Watkins
Stars: Mark Feuerstein, Melora Hardin, Paul Wight
Legendary (2010)
Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A book-smart teenager joins his school's wrestling team as a way to reunite his surviving family members, who split apart after the death of his father, a college wrestling legend, 10 years ago.

Director: Mel Damski
Stars: John Cena, Patricia Clarkson, Danny Glover
WrestleMania XII (TV Special 1996)
Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

WWF Title (Iron Man Match): Bret Hart vs. Shawn Michaels, The Undertaker vs. Diesel, Backlot Brawl: Roddy Piper vs. Goldust, The Warrior vs. Hunter Hearst Helmsley, Jake Roberts, Yokozuna &... See full summary »

Director: Kevin Dunn
Stars: Bret Hart, Shawn Michaels, Mark Calaway
Body Slam (1986)
Comedy | Music | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

M. Harry Smilac is a down-on-his-luck music manager who is having a hard time attracting talent and booking gigs for his band, Kicks (The most recent of the gigs is a Dairy Queen opening!!)... See full summary »

Director: Hal Needham
Stars: Dirk Benedict, Tanya Roberts, Roddy Piper
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3/10 X  
Director: Sam Firstenberg
Stars: Hulk Hogan, Grace Jones, Robert Vaughn
King of the Ring (Video 1993)
Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

First annual tournament to crown the WWF King of the Ring, featuring Bret Hart, Bam Bam Bigelow, Lex Luger, Hacksaw Jim Duggan, Tatanka, Razor Ramon, Mr. Perfect & Mr. Hughes. Also, WWF ... See full summary »

Stars: Hulk Hogan, Rodney Anoai, Bret Hart
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Rip
...
Samantha
...
Brell
...
Zeus (as Tom 'Tiny' Lister Jr.)
...
Randy
Bill Henderson ...
Charlie
Charles Levin ...
Ordway
...
Unger
Patrick O'Bryan ...
Craig (as Pat O'Bryan)
...
Commentator #1
Gene Okerlund ...
Commentator #2
Howard Finkel ...
Ring Announcer
Bill Eadie ...
Jake Bullet
...
Ms. Tidings
Bruce Taylor ...
Mr. Johnson
Edit

Storyline

Rip is the World Wrestling Federation champion who is faithful to his fans and the network he wrestles for. Brell, the new head of the World Television Network, wants Rip to wrestle for his network. Rip refuses and goes back to his normal life. Still looking for a way to raise ratings, Brell initiates a show called "The Battle of the Tough Guys", a violent brawling competition. A mysterious man, Zeus, wins the competition. This gets Brell to use him as an angle to get at Rip. Written by Pat McCurry <ccgrad97@aol.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The battle of the super tough guys. See more »

Genres:

Action

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

2 June 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cadence de combat  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$16,093,651 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Metrocolor)
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Rip's finisher is a running double sledgehammer, the one Hogan used during his matches in Japan, where it is known as the 'Axe Bomber'. In the Japanese Fire Pro series of wrestling games, many real wrestlers from different promotions are featured using fake names, and Hulk Hogan is known in that series as 'Axe Duggan'. See more »

Goofs

In the ring scenes, Hogan wears the WWF "Winged Eagle" belt, the one used by the WWF from 1988-1998. In the dressing room scenes before his match with Zeus, he has the "XL" championship belt, the one never used by the WWF but designed to be worn by Andre The Giant. See more »

Quotes

Rip Thomas: What's that SMELL?
Limo Driver: Dooo... dooo... doookie!
Rip Thomas: [disgusted] "Dookie"?
See more »


Soundtracks

No Holds Barred
Written by Jim Johnston
Performed by John Joyce
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Wow this movie is funny.
22 December 2000 | by (Syracuse, NY) – See all my reviews

Mind you, it's not supposed to be, but it is. As a wee tot, I watched this movie in the theatre (Being a huge wrestling and Hulk Hogan fan). All I remember from the night is we were the only ones in the theater, and that I didn't really like it very much. I blacked the rest out, and for good reason.

A poor film on par with the greats like "Gymkata" and "The Pumaman," "No Holds Barred" is a movie set in the high stakes world of pro wrestling. Well maybe the stakes aren't all that high...and quite frankly I feel dirty just calling these people "professionals" at anything. And really, except for the first scene, there's no wrestling to speak of. So I guess movie is about the marginally low stakes world of amateurish beating-the-c***-out-of-people. Sounds good, right?

Hulk Hogan plays Rip, the champion of the WWF (Never let it be said that Hulk Hogan was typecast, this and movies like Thunder in Paradise showed how he challenged himself with deep roles that really pushed the limits of his talents). Essentially he's playing himself, but with a wardrobe that's more black and blue than the Hulkster's red and yellow. He also has this hand gesture he does. It's kinda like the ozzy devil sign people make at rock concerts, except you stick your thumb in the air, and you curl your index finger in. My friend claimed that it was supposed to look like an "R." Try and see for yourself. If that looks like an "R," well, then, Mars needs women. But anyway.

Kurt Fuller, with his overacting detector obviously on the fritz, plays a TV exec with his slightly homoerotic heart set on getting Rip, who's evidentally bigger than Elvis, on his network. He won't have any of it (And exits the office with a triumphant hand gesture to no one but the camera), and so the movie follows Fuller trying to boost ratings and get back at Rip. He does so when he creates his brilliantly titled "Battle of the Tough Guys." Marketing genius, this guy.

From the numerous hand gestures, to the rather idiotic fight scenes (All played as if wrestling is very real and deadly serious) to the overacting, to the far too frequent shots of Hulk in nothing but undies, this movie has everything you'd ever want in a dumb movie. It's frivolous, not too taxing on the mind, violent, and includes the phrase "What's that smell?" "DOOKIE!" "Dookie?"

A classic for all time.


13 of 13 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Worst....movie....e ver trance750
The day this comes out on DVD AimForTheBushes
We need a DVD release..... wzwonline
So has Rip never seen an attractive woman before? markdown474
Zeus is No. 9 among all-time sports losers! JoBuNYC
Second Best Movie Starring a Professional drederick_tatum_007
Discuss No Holds Barred (1989) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?