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Circle of Iron (1978)

A young martial artist embarks on an adventure, encountering other martial artists in battle until one day he meets an aging blind man who will show him the true meaning of martial arts and life.

Director:

Richard Moore

Writers:

Stirling Silliphant (screenplay), Stanley Mann (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
David Carradine ... The Blind Man / Monkeyman / Death / Changsha
Jeff Cooper ... Cord
Christopher Lee ... Zetan
Roddy McDowall ... White Robe
Eli Wallach ... Man-in-Oil
Anthony De Longis ... Morthond (as Anthony de Longis)
Earl Maynard Earl Maynard ... Black Giant
Erica Creer ... Tara
Michael M. Vendrell Michael M. Vendrell ... Martial Artist (as Michael Vendrell)
Leo Whang Leo Whang ... Martial Artist
Donnie Williams Donnie Williams ... Martial Artist
Robert Gardner Robert Gardner ... Martial Artist
Tom Ascensio Tom Ascensio ... Martial Artist
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Storyline

A young martial artist, Cord the Seeker, competes for and loses the right to go on a quest for the Book of All Knowlege held by a wizard named Zetan, but he goes along the path to seek Zetan anyway. Along the way, he meets strange tests and challenges by enemies and allies - often having difficulty determining which is which. Written by Sam L. <saml75@yahoo.com>

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The Challenge Of A Lifetime... See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 July 1978 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Silent Flute See more »

Filming Locations:

Bet Shean, Israel See more »

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Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The flute David Carradine is seen playing in this movie, is the same flute he is seen playing in Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004). See more »

Goofs

During the fight between Changsha and the Black Giant David Carradine's wig falls off after a high kick. See more »

Quotes

[Cord finds a man in a barrel of oil, resting. He tries touching the man's hand, but the man swats it away. He shakes the man's hand and his eyes open]
Cord: Can I help you?
Man-in-Oil: To do what?
Cord: To get out of this...
Man-in-Oil: Why?
Cord: Who's torturing you this way?
Man-in-Oil: No-one.
[Cord peers over into the barrel]
Cord: Isn't that barrel filled with oil?
Man-in-Oil: Of course. I filled it myself.
[...]
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Alternate Versions

UK cinema and video versions were cut by 51 secs by the BBFC to remove footage of fighting staff, a throwing star and a shot of a cow receiving a karate blow to its neck. The cuts were fully waived for the 2008 Orbit DVD release. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004) See more »

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Well, I liked it.
10 November 2004 | by pro_crustesSee all my reviews

This is a silly movie and not for those who want credibility, realism, SFX, CGI, or The Rock. But, it is about some of the more exalted aspects of what it means to seek the limits of what you can do with a combination of your spirit and your self. Karate, kung-fu, la savate... they're all just ways to fight. This film is for those who know that ways to fight are stepping stones to something greater. It follows a man who does not know, but who is learning, that punching and kicking merely create freedom to explore and to learn; the benefits of his quest will come from something more than his physical self can achieve.

It's not a great movie, but it addresses great questions and, if you look at it through the lens of metaphor, it can point you towards an answer or two. As well as that, it's a punctuation mark--if not a prose passage--from the '80s era of movies that asked us to keep believing things we knew were probably not true, but would be oh-so-cool if they were.


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