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Champions (1998)

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William Rockman is a champion "Terminal Combat" fighter who retired from the sport after accidentally killing a young man while training. Five years after his retirement, Terminal Combat ... See full summary »

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William Rockman
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Max Brito
Ken Shamrock ...
The King
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Steele Manheim
Bobbie Blackford ...
Sgt. Kimberly Pepatone
Robin Joi Brown ...
Mary
Kimberly Rowe ...
Daria
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Technoid
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Raymond Rockman
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Chip
Harrison Young ...
Senator Able
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Vedder
J.P. Wensel ...
Kobe
Paco Christian Prieto ...
Largos
Lelagi Togisala ...
Jackal (as Butch Togisala)
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William Rockman is a champion "Terminal Combat" fighter who retired from the sport after accidentally killing a young man while training. Five years after his retirement, Terminal Combat has been banned by the government and has gone underground. The "new" Terminal Combat is just that; one combatant in each match usually does not live to tell about the experience. When Rockman's younger brother is killed in one of the underground matches by his old rival, the King, Rockman enters the tournament to exact revenge on the King, not knowing that the King and his wife, Daria, have been enslaved by Max Brito, the tournament's greedy promoter. When it becomes known that Brito intends to rake in huge bucks for a rematch between Rockman and the King (their last fight 5 years before had ended in a draw), and that he also intends to kill the King either inside or outside of the ring (and therefore keep Daria for himself as a concubine), Rockman, the King, and other tournament survivors band ... Written by The Fox

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Rated R for brutal and pervasive violence, language and some sexuality
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William Rockman: [to Raymond Rockman] You're not Bruce Lee. You're not even Kathy Lee.
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Underground martial arts fights with big names like Ken Shamrock and Lee Reherman make this movie worth seeing.
29 December 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie revolves around an underground tournament where the "best of the best" fight to the death while bets are placed on the outcome. We've seen it all before. However, what makes this one a cut above is watching guys like UFC legend Ken Shamrock, American Gladiator Lee Reherman, Louis Mandylor and famed Hollywood stuntman Jeff Wolfe, in action. Even perennial bad guy Danny Trejo shows up nasty as ever. Though he doesn't fight, Trejo definitely gives a great performance as the muscle behind the tournament. It remains the fights that drive the plot and some of them are excellent. Be warned, these are death matches so even the "good" guys snuff out their opponents (though conveniently their opponents are usually villains that have it coming.) Shamrock must have trained like an animal for this role and looks like a bodybuilder, while Reherman has fun playing a white collar executive who reveals his inner beast and worked out physique in the ring. It isn't gents only, with Bobbie Blackford as a female cop who takes the life of a vicious ex con in one of the most brutal matches. The ending is somewhat muddled with explosions and firefights, but when this movie stays where it belongs – in the ring with killer martial arts action – it's a winner.


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