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The Sensei (2008)

 -  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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Cast

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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 ...
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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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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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$2,200,000 (estimated)
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ON SCREEN: "Of the 1,185,000 Americans living with HIV/AIDS, 24-27% are unaware of their HIV infection. More than one quarter of the 44,000 new infections each year are women, as the disease today is transmitted primarily through heterosexual sex." See more »

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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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Written & Performed by SANCTION
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Incredible movie
18 January 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie was remarkable... it made me go through such a wide range of emotions. I loved the entire movie, because the emotion was palpable and Diana was a shining star.

You should really consider this film for you next movie night, because it will give you everything that you want out of a movie. This wasn't your typical "Gay" movie, because it went further than most movies do, it goes into the real story about what went down during this period in our history as LGBT people. This was a sad story that has the possibility of inspiring everyone that gives it the chance. Make sure that you think twice before moving past this one.


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