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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.

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Robert Clouse

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jackie Chan ... Jerry Kwan
José Ferrer ... Dominici
Kristine DeBell ... Nancy (as Kristine De Bell)
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 (as Chao-Li Chi)
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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Jackie Chan's first English speaking role, learning all of the dialogue by sound only. See more »

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For its original UK theatrical release the film was cut by the BBFC for a 'AA' certificate to remove groin kicks, a neck break and a double ear clap. The video and all later releases including the DVD (retitled "Battle Creek Brawl") have replicated the cut to the ear clap. See more »

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Not bad
7 November 2004 | by AwesomeWolfSee all my reviews

Jackie plays Jerry Kwan, a Chinese living in 1930s America. His father is forced to pay the Mafia protection, and Jerry won't stand for it, picking a fight with some Mafia-goons. The Mafia see Jerry's potential as a fighter, and kidnap his brother's fiancé, forcing Jerry to fight for them in the Battle Creek Brawl: an anything goes, winner-takes-all, fighting competition.

That's pretty much it plot wise, but in a Jackie Chan movie, the faster we get the plot out of the way, the happier we are (although, another pointed out the depiction of openly racist, 1930s America, I did think that was somewhat interesting). The fights and stunts are decent, but not up to Jackie's usual standards - he was forced to work with pro-wrestlers, etc unworthy to work with the Chan-man, and the stunt-coordinator was only a first time stunt-director, and had only performed stunts in three other movies. The fights during the Battle Creek Brawl really highlight the difference between Jackie and his much-larger, slower opponents - while Jackie impresses us with his speed and skill, the other guys are trying impress with sheer-power, and it doesn't work very well.

As his first American movie, its not too bad, and definitely better than his second attempt in America with "The Protector", but I would expect a lot more from Jackie, and the director Robert Clouse (who also directed Enter the Dragon).

6/10


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