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Only the Strong (1993)

PG-13 | | 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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Action | Drama

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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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Trivia

Mark Dacascos was born into martial arts, each of his parents renowned martial artists who created their own style (father, Al Dacascos-Won Hop Kuen Do; mother, Malia Bernal-Xiang Dai Kuen Kung Fu). He went on to star in the television version of "The Crow," a movie that started another born into martial arts: Brandon Lee, son of Jeet June Do founder Bruce Lee. See more »

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In the first lesson, the Capoeira music starts while you can still hear Kerrigan putting the tape in the ghetto blaster. See more »

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Louis Stevens: I got a roof over my head. That's all I need right now.
Silverio: Tell you what. You come work for me and train my guys, and I'll give you a roof over your head like you wouldn't believe.
Louis Stevens: And all the coke I can snort, right?
Silverio: Whatever. I'm a reasonable man.
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Referenced in Torrente, el brazo tonto de la ley (1998) See more »

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Zoom-Zoom-Zoom
Performed by Serapis Bey
Produced by Kao Rossman
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Guaranteed to leave you smiling
12 October 2001 | by (Staffordshire) – See all my reviews

This is one of those films you can't help enjoying. It's light, fun, undemanding, and an absolute joy to watch. It might not be a gritty urban drama that deals sensitively with youth and alienation in high school, but then neither was "Heathers".

Cinema primarily exists to entertain, and "Only The Strong" does this in spades. Dacascos is the most graceful, watchable martial arts star since Brandon Lee, with an easy charisma that really comes across in a film like this and also the brilliant "Drive". The rest of the cast perform quite nicely as well. The plot and characterisation are admittedly 2-D, but what the hell, it's a 100% schmaltz-free feelgood movie.

Two of my friends actually took up Capoeira after watching this film. How's that for life-changing?


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