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February 1999 (USA) See more »
Eight Fighters. One Winner. No Rules. Behind the scenes of no-holds-barred fighting.
The fight ends when someone quits or is knocked unconscious. Don't look to the referee for help. If you get into trouble... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Rickson Gracie ... Himself
Burton Richardson ... Himself

Directed by
Robert Raphael Goodman 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Larry Golin  writer

Produced by
Larry Golin .... producer
Robert Raphael Goodman .... producer (as Rob Goodman)
Larry Perel .... executive producer
Allan Wachs .... co-producer
Original Music by
Sussan Deyhim 
Richard Horowitz 
Cinematography by
Jacek Laskus 
Film Editing by
Sandy Guthrie 
Production Management
Marji Cialli .... unit production manager
Adriano Civita .... production manager
Gary Kout .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gregory Cundiff .... second unit director
Nobihisu Noda .... second unit director
Sound Department
Robert Dreebin .... sound mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Neil Shapiro .... additional photographer: Brasil
Editorial Department
Glen Ebesu .... associate editor
Anthony Gore .... apprentice editor
Music Department
Mondo Diaz .... music editor
Other crew
Tim Clawson .... production executive

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98 min
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Why can't Hollywood movies be as exciting as CHOKE?, 22 September 2000
Author: chassidimdavid from Paris, France

Combining the behind-the-scenes footage of a sports documentary and the structure of a Hollywood dramatic feature, CHOKE is a completely original and provocative film. Alternating the stories of 3 of the 8 fighters of the Vale Tudo--a no-holds-barred fighting tournament held in Tokyo--during the months leading up to the event, Goodman is able to capture what so many Van Damme movies have failed to do: put you in the mind set of a fighter: the adrenaline, the fear, the pain, the shame, the glory. Goodman resists making overt judgments about whether these violent events are good or bad, but he does so deliberately; by avoiding investigating or answering the question head-on, he allows the characters to develop and express HIS feelings simply through THEIR action. His voice is heard, but not identified as his. This is nimble and talented directing. But the Director's steady hand does not resist exposing the personal hypocricies of the fighters, nor does he shy away from the occasional cynical moment. The 3 fighters CHOKE follows are so different from each other that one might think they were cast. But I don't think you could cast so realistically. No one would believe it. RICKSON GRACIE is the handsome, unbelievable talented, undefeated World Champion ju-jitsu wrestler from Brazil who puts his family's heritage on the line every time he fights. He risks losing everything he stands for if he will be defeated. (The training footage of him in unbelievable!). TODD HAYES is the huge pro-football player who figths in order to pay for a bobsled so he can compete with the US Olympic bobsledding team. KOICHURO KIMURA is the overgrown man-child who fights because his wrestling coach wants him to, it seems. (the only slowish parts of CHOKE are those that follow Kimura's plight--and even these become exciting at the end...). I looked for other documentaries or features from the Director but could not find any. If CHOKE is his first film, I can't wait to see his second. Bravo.

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