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Only the Strong (1993)

PG-13 | | Action, Drama | 27 August 1993 (USA)
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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Rated PG-13 for gang violence | See all certifications »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)

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$3,273,588
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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 Kune Do founder Bruce Lee. See more »

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During the fight in the chop-shop the sound FX that accompany Louis's actions with the long pipe (spinning and striking) are delayed by approx 1/2-3/4 of a second. See more »

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Louis Stevens: Can you turn that music... up?
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Referenced in Torrente, el brazo tonto de la ley (1998) See more »

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Swang Da Funk
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Unique Brazilian martial arts exhibited in a mediocre movie
29 December 2004 | by See all my reviews

The real star of "Only the Strong" is the capoeira style of Brazilian martial arts (which is the pre-cursor of many break dancing moves) exhibited throughout the film. There are many movies that concentrate on wushu, taekwondo, karate, aikido, and many others styles from different parts of the world, but capoeira movies are far and few between, which makes "Only the Strong" that much more unique.

The story is nothing short of rehashed and predictable; a well meaning soldier (Mark Dacascos) with martial arts background from his previous station in Brazil, comes back to the U.S. and attempts to take charge of the rebellious, rival students in a troubled neighbourhood. He attempts to give them a focus in life with the art of capoeira, which combines martial arts, music and dancing, as well as stressing teamwork between the players/fighters. The troublesome students take a while to be won over by Decascos efforts, but eventually play along.

Things get complicated when it turns out that one of the students is the son of a Portuguese gangster, a capoeira maestre himself, that is the terror of the town, leading to some battles and a showdown between the ruthless criminal and his followers and the well meaning teacher.

The acting and the story is sub-par as mentioned previously, but this is , at the time of this writing, the only movie focusing on capoeira as a whole, and as such deserves a closer look by martial arts fans everywhere who are ready for something truly different.


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