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Only the Strong (1993)

 -  Action | Drama  -  27 August 1993 (USA)
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Ex-Special Forces soldier Louis Stevens returns to Miami to find his former high school overrun by drugs and violence. A master of the Brazilian martial art, capoeira, Stevens pledges to ... See full summary »

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Ex-Special Forces soldier Louis Stevens returns to Miami to find his former high school overrun by drugs and violence. A master of the Brazilian martial art, capoeira, Stevens pledges to straighten out a dozen of the school's worst students by teaching them this demanding and highly-disciplined fighting style. Slowly, his program begins to work, giving the students new hope and purpose. But the local drug lord, himself a martial arts expert, vows to stop Stevens' positive influence. Now Stevens must fight to save his own life, as well as the lives of his rebellious young students. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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The ultimate martial art.

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Rated PG-13 for gang violence | See all certifications »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)

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$3,273,588 (USA)
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Stunt coordinator and fight choreographer for this movie was Frank Dux - the full-contact martial artist whose life was portrayed by Jean-Claude Van Damme in the movie Bloodsport (1988). Moreover, Dux has a cameo appearance as one of the men fighting Louis Stevens in the car workshop. See more »

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Throughout the movie, Louis Stevens performs the capoeira "ginga" incorrectly: he keeps his arms low, never bringing them up fully to protect his face. See more »

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Louis Stevens: All right, you wanna sleep on the bus, sleep on the bus.
[Stevens picks up his bag]
Louis Stevens: I like the beach - I will sleep on the beach.
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Olelê, O'Lalá
Performed by Serapis Bey
Produced by Kao Rossman
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Likable B-movie showcase for hunky action star
17 April 2005 | by See all my reviews

ONLY THE STRONG

Aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Sound format: Dolby Stereo SR

A former Green Beret (Mark Dacascos) is employed by his local high school to rehabilitate some of its worst students by teaching them the art of capoeira (a form of martial arts from Brazil, using dance-like moves). But his work brings him into conflict with a local drug lord (Paco Christian Prieto), whose operations are threatened by Dacascos' interference...

Predictable B-movie, elevated above the routine by virtue of its slick presentation and interesting cast (including Geoffrey Lewis), under the assured direction of Sheldon Lettich (DOUBLE IMPACT). The capoeira sequences are exotic and colorful, which blunts the impact of some pretty heavy fight scenes, and the script is alternately naive and obvious. However, the virtues are considerable: Ultra-buff Dacascos flaunts his pumped-up torso through a variety of tight-fitting vests (drool! slobber!), while ultra-cute Stacey Travis (the romantic interest) hovers around the periphery just long enough to temper the film's relentless macho swagger. Good, catchy music score, too.


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