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The Sensei (2008)

Not Rated | | Action, Drama, Sport | 4 May 2008 (USA)
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In 1985 Colorado, a long-absent woman, proficient as a black belt in martial arts, returns home where she agrees, secretly, to train a bullied gay teen.

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(as D. Lee Inosanto)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Karen O'Neil (as D. Lee Inosanto)
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The Minister
Melissa Taylor ...
Lorna
Shane Weingardt ...
Attacker #1
Mark Anthony Griffin ...
Attacker #2 (as Mark Griffin)
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Attacker #3 (as Ryan Parker)
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McClain Evans (as Mike O'Laskey)
Ayo Fadeyi ...
Policeman #1 (as Ayodeji Fadeyi)
Curtis Magee-Ortiz ...
Policeman #2
Jeff Liu ...
Matthew
Danny Lopez ...
Picture of Tim
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Brenda
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Craig Beard
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John
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Buck
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Storyline

After punks at school hand him multiple savage beatings, gay teen McClain Evans, discreetly begins martial arts training with Karen O'Neil, a mysterious woman who had her own cross to bear with the prejudiced and bigoted small town community. As McClain learns to defend himself from hatred and bigotry, the student and his teacher expose several raw nerves in their rural Colorado community. Written by trivwhiz

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The Courage to Fight. The Strength to Win. See more »

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Action | Drama | Sport

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Not Rated
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$2,200,000 (estimated)
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ON SCREEN: "This film is dedicated to Gilbert L. Johnson and to the Family and Friends of The Sensei Cast and Crew who have been directly affected by the AIDS epidemic." See more »

Goofs

BNSF locomotives are seen in a sequence set in 1985. This railroad was formed by a merger that took place in 1996. See more »

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Karen O'Neil: [visiting McClain's hospital bed] We need to talk.
McClain Evans: Wow. We need to talk, huh? Are you sure you're at a safe-enough distance?
Karen O'Neil: McClain, I...
McClain Evans: Was... Was I just a poor, like, charity case for you, Karen? I mean, let's-save-the-homo type thing? I mean, I know my mom asked you to teach me...
Karen O'Neil: McClain...
McClain Evans: ...but, hey...
Karen O'Neil: Wait-wait, please...
McClain Evans: ...let's, let's, let's not get too close, okay, because YOU just might catch something, right?
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References Kung Fu (1972) See more »

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Whisper Without Warning
Written & Performed by SANCTION
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Highly recommend
16 November 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was a great movie, it really depicted the way things were in the 80's. The story was a amazing it is so easy to get lost in the script. The ending really does bring the movie together. It movie gets better every minute, you spend the whole time wanting to know the characters and what is going to happen to them. It is an amazing movie, I can't wait until the movie is out on DVD so I can have my own copy that I can watch whenever I want. It is truly an amazing film, it is defiantly one of the bet movies that I have seen in a long time. I would love for this movie to be show in the theaters in a wide release or at least in a limited release.


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