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Hot Potato (1976)

PG | | Action, Comedy, Drama | April 1976 (USA)
Martial-arts expert tries to rescue an ambassador's daughter who was kidnapped in Thailand.

Director:

Oscar Williams

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Oscar Williams, Alexandra Rose (based on a character created by) (as Alex Rose) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jim Kelly ... Jones
George Memmoli ... Leonardo Pizzarelli / White Rhino
Geoffrey Binney Geoffrey Binney ... Johnny Chicago
Irene Tsu ... Detective Sgt. Pam Varaje
Sam Hiona Sam Hiona ... Carter Rangoon
Judith Brown ... Leslie / June Dunbar
Ron Prince Ron Prince ... American General
Hardy Stockmann Hardy Stockmann ... Krugman
Metta Rungrat Metta Rungrat ... Rhino's Girl
Supakorn Songermvorakul Supakorn Songermvorakul ... Thai Boy
Somcjai Meekunsut Somcjai Meekunsut ... Pujo
Veerapol Pitavan Veerapol Pitavan ... Longkat
Punchong Nakaraj Punchong Nakaraj ... Hoss
Kachain Onching Kachain Onching ... Little Joe
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Martial-arts expert tries to rescue an ambassador's daughter who was kidnapped in Thailand.

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The adventure movie to end them all!

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Action | Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

April 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Faut Pas Karaté la Queue du Tigre See more »

Filming Locations:

Chiang Mai, Thailand See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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During the fight at the bad guy's compound, one of the henchmen clobbers Leonardo with a concrete bench. The bench is obviously made out of of cardboard. See more »

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Referenced in Undercover Brother (2002) See more »

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Painfully unfunny action comedy that is a chore to sit through.
10 June 2003 | by InfofreakSee all my reviews

Jim Kelly was super cool in 'Enter The Dragon' fighting alongside Bruce Lee and John Saxon. He was even enjoyable in his first starring vehicle 'Black Belt Jones' directed by Robert Clouse, who also directed E.T.D. But 'Hot Potato', supposedly the sequel to 'Black Belt Jones', is the pits. Clouse was no fool, he jumped ship. The direction is handled instead by screenwriter Oscar Williams who wrote Jones and the Isaac Hayes vehicle 'Truck Turner'. Well the script stinks on this one and Williams shows little talent as a director, so Kelly is behind the eight ball from the word go. The plot, which is very thin and basically just an excuse for some okay fights and lots of painfully unfunny gags, see Jones enlisted to free the daughter of an American Senator (Judith Brown) who has been kidnapped by a Thai criminal mastermind (Sam Hiona). He is helped by his buddy Chicago (Geoffrey Binney), a local female cop (Irene Tsu), and overweight buffoon "the white Rhino" (George Memmoli). Rhino is responsible for almost all the so-called comedy which really drags the movie down. He plays an obnoxious fat guy ala John Belushi/Chris Farley. And just so we know it's supposed to be funny the soundtrack is full of "amusing" music and sound effects. The sad thing is that Rhino is played by the late Memmoli, an actor who worked with Scorsese, De Palma and Schrader and showed a lot of comic (and dramatic) talent in their movies. But he's just awful in 'Hot Potato'. In fact EVERYTHING is just awful in 'Hot Potato! It's absolute garbage that is a chore to sit through. Steer clear of this one!


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