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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

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 shooting of the opening party scene was shut down when neighbors complained about the lights and it was realized the permits for shooting in Phoenix did not cover the town of Paradise Valley (where the house was located). 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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This such an under rated film
4 October 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I find this film really good despite the cheesiness of this film, I can relate to the character of ken in this film as I was bullied my self, it is hard to make friends n school when you get some ass picking on you.

The thing that most people don't know is that the actor that play ken is actually one of the turtle in the teenage ninja turtle film back in the 1990.

I found this film to be like a karate kid type film where he get fed up with being bullied for trying to make friend with a beautiful girl that is the girl of the bully's it come to a big fight between them.

Billy banks is a brilliant performance in this film as well as a retired cop trying to keep himself to himself after an incident from he past but as they say your past will always catch up with you an old enemy pops up his force to train the kid to defend himself &find himself fighting for his own self respect.

I think this film is so underrated for a 4.5, I would at least say this film is a 7 for what it is, you be hard pressed not to like this film to be honest, this is one film tho that your find hard to find as its a rare film.


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