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Showdown (I) (1993)

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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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The working title for this film during production was "Full Contact". See more »

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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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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 »

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PART OF ME
Recorded by A.Z.R.O.
Written by J. Kirk Samler, Mike Drake, Steve McMaster, Glen D'Mako, Todd Lane
Published by Fartgame Music (ASCAP)
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Karate Kid meets Baywatch Nights
12 September 1999 | by See all my reviews

Putting all of this film's cliches aside, there is nothing left to watch. And, frankly, that's what makes it the entertaining piece it is. This one feels like you've seen it twenty times the first time you see it.

The plot of Showdown is an integration of two main subplots: 1) a retired cop/school janitor joins his old partner to bust an illegal fighting ring lead by an old enemy and 2) a high school senior tries talking to the wrong man's girl at his new school and has to learn martial arts from the school janitor to defend himself from her aggressive boyfriend/fighting champ.

Sound like the Karate Kid? You got it, but this time, Mr. Miagi is a ripped black guy (Billy Blanks, creator of Tae-Bo) who used to be a cop, but quit when he accidentally killed a kid at a party break-up and is now the school janitor. Meanwhile, the master of the local dojo, Lee, plays it rough with his students and offers much more than friendly wagering at his illegal fighting ring. Karate Kid meets Baywatch Nights in this 1994 classic about a nice guy who's just trying to finish first.

The acting in this one is excellent for the type of movie it is, but the production, namely the editting, ran into a couple rough spots. It's nothing you'll notice if you only see it once, but I don't recommend seeing it less than ten times. Try fast forwarding to your favorite parts and you'll end up watching the whole movie.

What is most surprising about this film is its script. So bad, it's good; you'll literally laugh out loud at Vice Principal Kowalski's no-nonsense attitude toward his unruly students. And Lee's anger allows him to deliver some of the best lines in a movie ever. To be honest, the only thing Showdown is missing is sex, but I guess this was a time in Christine Taylor's (Melody from Hey Dude) career when a sex scene would've been going overboard. As a side note, I have heard there is an uncut version wherein there may be a sex scene between Lee's business partner and his best fighter (there's room for it at the dojo), but they don't show that one on Showtime.

The characters may be typical, but it's impossible not to like them, and the scenes outside the school can't be beat; every moment is entertaining. Plus, they even tried to deliver a few moral lessons as suggested by the text at the start of the film, so pay attention.

Also, see how many small-time actors you can point out because this one is full of familiar faces, young and old.


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