Showdown (I) (1993)

PG-13  |   |  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 overview, first billed only:
Billy Grant
Kenn Scott ...
Ken Marx
Mike (as John Mallory Asher)
Ken McLeod ...
Michael Cavalieri ...
Vice Principal Kowalski
Officer Spinelli (as Michael Genovese)
Nicholas Hill ...
Hit Man
Ray Gamboa ...
Debbie Bartelt ...


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 <>

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American Karate Tiger  »

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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 »


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 »


Lee: [to Tom] Fail me, and you'll be lucky if I decide to let you live.
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References The Karate Kid (1984) See more »


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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So's good.
20 March 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie is like a car crash on the side of the highway....

You know you shouldn't look, but once you do, you can't pull yourself away.

First off, this movie definitely has an "80's" feel to it.

The only problem is - it was made in 1993.

The movie actually plays well as a "parody" of 80's high school/teenager movies - especially "Karate Kid" (it's a virtual copy).

The only problem is - it parodies these movies unintentionally.

"Showdown" is the perfect example of a movie that is hilarious, without ever once trying to be funny.

As others have stated, Billy Blanks really steals the show in this one, and the other main character is played by a former Ninja Turtle.....what great casting! All the high school students appear to be in their late 20's or early thirties - although if you pay close attention, you can probably find a few pushing 40.

Here's the deal.....if you watch this movie as it's SUPPOSED to be watched you will hate it (if you don't, check your pulse!).

But if you watch it as a parody of movies like the "Karate Kid" than you will find yourself laughing throughout the film.

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