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Battle Creek Brawl (1980)

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A young Asian-American martial artist is forced to participate in a brutal formal street-fighting competition.

Director:

Robert Clouse

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jackie Chan ... Jerry Kwan
José Ferrer ... Dominici
Kristine DeBell ... Nancy
Mako ... Herbert
Ron Max Ron Max ... Leggetti
David Sheiner ... Morgan
Rosalind Chao ... Mae
Lenny Montana ... John
Pat E. Johnson ... Carl (as Pat Johnson)
Mary Ellen O'Neill Mary Ellen O'Neill ... Dominici's Mother
H.B. Haggerty ... Kiss
Chao Li Chi ... Kwan
Joycelyne Lew ... Miss Wong
Peter Marc Jacobson ... Jug (as Peter Marc)
Marcus K. Mukai Marcus K. Mukai ... Robert (as Marcus Mukai)
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A young Asian-American martial artist is forced to participate in a brutal formal street-fighting competition.

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A Martial Arts fight to the finish. Filmed in America by the producers of 'Enter the Dragon'.

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Action | Comedy | Crime

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Country:

USA | Hong Kong

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 August 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Battle Creek Brawl See more »

Filming Locations:

Floresville, Texas, USA See more »

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Runtime:

| (Extended Version)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In his autobiography "I Am Jackie Chan: My Life in Action", there was one scene in the production in which Robert Clouse was not interested in Chan's idea, which was to flip out of the car, and Crouse had wanted him to just walk from the car to his father's restaurant. Chan quoted, "No one will pay money to see Jackie Chan walk!" The reason he believes this movie failed was because he wasn't given a chance to direct the action scenes the way he wanted them. See more »

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As the camera changes front views of both Jackie and Kiss during the street crowd scene, two extras (a dark-haired woman in a checked suit and a bald man in a blue suit) are simultaneously located viewing the action behind both Jackie and Kiss. See more »

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Jackie Chan's failed US debut is quite fun and better than it's reputation
19 February 2006 | by DrLeneraSee all my reviews

This Jackie Chan vehicle,his first attempt to break into the American market,generally has a bad reputation. Jackie himself hated myself the film,one of the reasons being that he had little to no control over the action. It was also a box office flop,despite it regrouping some of the team that made Enter The Dragon.

However,The Big Brawl is not all that bad. Indeed at first it seems that it does not at all deserve it's critics. Lalo Schifrin's main theme is exceptionally groovy,the 1030s Chicage setting is reasonably well evoked and there is one early fight scene,in which Jackie defeats three baddies seemingly by accident,that,although a little slow,does come across as being classic Jackie,combining fighting and slapstick typically well. As the film goes on it loses interest somewhat,especially as the final third is just Jackie fighting a bunch of wrestler types in the Big Brawl of the title. Nonetheless, if you don't expect much and/or have not seen many other of Chan's movie fights,they are fairly entertaining,as he defeats his opponents with his skill and agility, and despite the slow choreography,he does perform a few great moves and dangerous moments.

Elsewhere Mako is great fun as Jackie's uncle/teacher and his training scenes with Jackie are fun. It's also interesting to see Jackie in a supposedly sexual relationship with his girlfriend {something he normally shied away from}and here are also a few good laughs involving some inept gangsters. The Big Brawl is seriously flawed,but it really isn't bad. It's certainly better than The Protector!


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