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Showdown (I) (1993)

 -  Action  -  17 September 1993 (USA)
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Ken has just moved from Kansas with his mother. He talks to a girl named Julie, not knowing that her boyfriend Tom is very possessive of her. Tom is learning karate from Lee, a sensei whose... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Billy Grant
Kenn Scott ...
Ken Marx
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Julie
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Mike (as John Mallory Asher)
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Lee
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Kate
Ken McLeod ...
Tom
Michael Cavalieri ...
Rob
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Gina
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Vice Principal Kowalski
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Officer Spinelli (as Michael Genovese)
Nicholas Hill ...
James
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Hit Man
Ray Gamboa ...
Thug
Debbie Bartelt ...
Shirley
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Ken has just moved from Kansas with his mother. He talks to a girl named Julie, not knowing that her boyfriend Tom is very possessive of her. Tom is learning karate from Lee, a sensei whose brother was killed by a rookie cop named Billy. Billy has since then become the janitor of the school that Ken, Julie and Tom go to. When Ken gets beaten up by Tom for talking to Julie again, Billy helps Ken by teaching him how to defend himself, which eventually leads to a battle between student vs. student, and sensei vs. sensei. Written by <JoshForman@aol.com>

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Trivia

The dojo set was constructed in a space formerly occupied by a nightclub. In the manager's office, converted into the on-site production office, Polaroid's of beaten bar patrons were tacked on the wall next to the mounted chains used to hold them. See more »

Goofs

When "Ken" is describing where he previously lived, he pronounces "Salina, KS" with a long 'e' sound, which is how it is pronounced when describing "Salinas, CA". In KS, it's pronounced with a long 'i' sound. See more »

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Asst. Principal Kowalski: [Ken's first day at school] Ah, you're the new kid, huh?
Ken Marx: Uh, yeah.
Asst. Principal Kowalski: You got a name?
Ken Marx: Ken.
Asst. Principal Kowalski: Ken what?
Ken Marx: Marx.
Asst. Principal Kowalski: Marx, I'm Mr. Kowalski, Vice Principal. You got a problem you come see me. You know how to read?
Ken Marx: Uh, yes, sir.
Asst. Principal Kowalski: Ah, that's refreshing. Listen, let me lay down a few campus rules for you. No smoking, no profanity, no graffiti. No fighting, no weapons, and no sex. You like sex? Ah, never mind. On campus keep it in your pants. Listen, you stick to these rules, I'll stay out of your face. You don't...
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References The Karate Kid (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

STREETS OF RAGE
Recorded by D.F.M.
Written by Tracy Swider, Dana Freebairn, Adam Shore, Todd Lane
Published by Captin Swidey Music (ASCAP) Freebairn
Music (ASCAP) Shore Is Music (ASCAP) Ybsober Music (ASCAP)
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Billy Blanks does a great job again
15 February 2007 | by See all my reviews

For starters: This movie is nothing without Billy Blanks. Although the main character really is OK, it's Blanks who give this movie all the musclepower it needs. Initially, the whole movie seems like the most low-budgeted and poorly acted (and written) high-school movie ever, but all of that changes when Blanks comes into business. I really liked his role in this one, as the calm and lone janitor who long ago retired from the fighting scene (of course). When he decides to help our hero, we get the classic training scenes with great background music. Pretty standard like many other movies of this kind, but it always works. Cool fighting at the end, even though I've seen better. This movie proves that you don't need that much money to make an entertaining movie.


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