Ring of Steel (1994)

R  |   |  Action, Drama  |  30 March 1994 (USA)
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A champion fencer accidentally kills an opponent in a match. Disgraced, he is blackballed from the fencing community, until a mysterious stranger saves his life one night from a gang of ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Man in Black
Robert Chapin ...
Alex Freyer
Elena Carter
Lt. Taylor
Detective Smith
Axel Muench ...
Hans (as Alex Munch)
Gene LeBell ...
MiB Bodyguard
Travis McKenna ...
David Speaker ...
Fencing Director


A champion fencer accidentally kills an opponent in a match. Disgraced, he is blackballed from the fencing community, until a mysterious stranger saves his life one night from a gang of muggers. He soon finds himself caught up in the world of underground illegal swordfights, where combatants fight to the death. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong martial arts violence, and for sexuality and language | See all certifications »




Release Date:

30 March 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Arena de Aço  »

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1.85 : 1
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The original script, written by star Robert Chapin, was much darker than the final product in which Alex, the main character, was suckered so deeply into the world of drugs, money, women and bloodsport that by the time he was reunited with Elena, he doesn't even recognize her. When MCA/Universal picked it up for home video distribution, it deemed the original script too dark and hired another writer to revise it to make it more lighthearted. See more »


In the first fights without swords, a guy dodges an attack by back-flipping and landing on his belly. After this he gets up and does a double front kick, Again he falls, this time on his back. During both falls a crash mat can be seen. See more »


References The Court Jester (1955) See more »


Performed by Intermix
Written by Bill Leeb and Rhys Fulber
Published by Roadcrew Music, Inc. (BMI)
Courtesy of Third Mind Records/Roadrunner Records
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Highly enjoyable low budget caper.
31 August 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

When star fencer Alex Freyer (Robert Chapin) accidentally kills an opponent, he finds himself cast out of his beloved sport. After being assisted in fighting off a mugging by a mysterious stranger (Joe Don Baker), Alex is invited by him to take part in the titular 'Ring of Steel', an underground sword fighting club. With the lure of easy money and chance to prove himself again, Alex quickly finds that the stakes are raised beyond his control and is soon fighting for not only his life, but that of his girlfriend's Elena's (Darlene Vogel) as well.

Despite the somewhat familiar set up, Ring of Steel is actually well worth a look. It has a sense of fun and an undoubted energy missing from many action movies of the era. Certainly, the plot is daft and the dialogue often cheesy, but it has a lot of charm. The always watchable Joe Don Baker is terrific as the villain and along with the sultry Carol Alt, raises the standard of the otherwise slightly corny acting on show elsewhere in the movie. Most importantly, the sword fights are well choreographed and are highly enjoyable.

Although it's undoubtedly silly stuff, Ring of Steel is nevertheless an enthusiastic slice of low budget fun that's a cut above similar '90s DTV fare.

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