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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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Action | Drama

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

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27 August 1993 (USA)  »

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Only the Strong  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)

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$3,273,588 (USA)
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Trivia

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

Quotes

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 Beerfest (2006) See more »

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Only the Strong
Performed by Marcel "ICB" Branch, Patrick "Dizon" McCain, and Donna Simon
Produced by Scott G. and Iki Levy
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Good, but could've been better
24 August 2002 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

I really enjoy this movie and have shown it to most of my friends. Most of my friends and I gave it an eight out of ten and some even higher. I think that the capoeira scenes are great, plus it has good music, but the story and characters could've been presented a little better. If you like martial arts movies and don't care too much about character development, you'll probably like this movie.


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