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To Be the Best (1993)

R | | Action | Video 3 August 1993
A member of the U.S. kickboxing team recruits his father and his fellow teammates to help stop a ruthless gambler from rigging the World Kickboxing Championship in Las Vegas.



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Credited cast:
Sam Kulhane (as Phillip Troy)
Jack Rodgers
Mike Toney ...
Han Lo
Steven Vincent Leigh ...
Hong Do
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Markell Boyd ...
Bad Guy
David Halver ...
Thug at Wedding Chapel
Randall Shiro Ideishi ...
Fighter (as Randall Idieshi)


A member of the U.S. kickboxing team recruits his father and his fellow teammates to help stop a ruthless gambler from rigging the World Kickboxing Championship in Las Vegas.

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Rated R for kickboxing violence, and for language | See all certifications »




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3 August 1993 (USA)  »

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Karate Tiger 7  »

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Mike Worth worths the movie !
1 January 2007 | by See all my reviews

To be the best is a little naive replica of Final Impact, this time all shifted as a Team of American kick-boxers training for the world championship. The script it's fairly poor and it seems written by unexperienced people, and thank to the so-so actors, the good Mike Worth was left alone holding up the shaky story. This time a dubious affair of bets and fixed bouts, but luckily without pretensions (the low budget prevented it).

Mehri seems to need Lamas for his charisma, while Martin Kove tries to be convincing as an upright coach of the team. No, he can't. He looks more a shrewish foreman than a mentor. Anyway, on the ring, the fighting scenes are memorable. Well choreographed they're pretty realistic and captivating. Mike Worth, Vince Murdocco, Steve Vincent Leigh were phenomenal. If just they showed more action and less chats this flick could have taken an higher vote.

Sad the choice to put a commentator during the fights. A real disgrace because an easy-to-find song under the FX would have been found even by a child, and all the work would benefited. As fighters the actors do a great job, and that's all I asked for this action movie. Again, the editor cut a lot of fights (condensing them in a big video-clip) to save time: but time for what ?! These are not mistakes attributable to money, and still they occur !

7,5 / 10

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