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No Retreat, No Surrender (1986)

PG | | Action, Comedy, Crime | 2 May 1986 (USA)
Jason, a Bruce Lee fan, sees his karate instructor/dad beaten by martial art thugs. They move to Seattle where, after humiliations, he trains with Bruce Lee's ghost so he can defend himself and others against thugs.

Director:

Corey Yuen

Writers:

See-Yuen Ng (original story) (as Ng See Yuen), Corey Yuen (original story) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kurt McKinney ... Jason Stillwell
Jean-Claude Van Damme ... Ivan Kraschinsky the Russian
J.W. Fails J.W. Fails ... R.J. Madison
Kathie Sileno Kathie Sileno ... Kelly Reilly
Tae-jeong Kim Tae-jeong Kim ... Sensei Lee (as Kim Tai Chong)
Kent Lipham ... Scott
Ron Pohnel Ron Pohnel ... Ian Reilly
Dale Jacoby Dale Jacoby ... Dean Ramsay
Peter Cunningham ... Frank Peters (as Pete Cunningham)
Timothy D. Baker Timothy D. Baker ... Tom Stillwell (as Tim Baker)
Gloria Marziano Gloria Marziano ... Mrs. Stillwell
Joe Verroca Joe Verroca ... New York Agent (as Joe Vance)
Farid Panahi Farid Panahi ... New York Assistant #1
Tom Harris Tom Harris ... New York Assistant #2
John Andes John Andes ... New York Boss
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Storyline

Jason Stillwell, a Bruce Lee fan, is beaten numerous times and trains from the ghost of Lee. Jason then must use his newly acquired skills to save Seattle from a crime syndicate, whose top martial artist is the deadly Ivan. Written by Albert Valentin <albval@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Tonight, He either fights for his life or he'll be running for the rest of it. See more »

Genres:

Action | Comedy | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA | Hong Kong

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 May 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ring of Truth See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$739,723, 4 May 1986

Gross USA:

$4,662,137

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,662,137
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD) | (1986 video release)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Many supporting cast members are actual martial artists, including Ron Pohnel, Dale Jacoby, Peter "Sugarfoot" Cunningham, Kim Tai Chung, Farid Panahi, Mark Zacharatos, and Ty Martinez. Despite their experiences in martial arts, many were making their film debut. After the film, Strandberg would start an action training school to train actors and martial artists to fight for the screen. See more »

Goofs

At the Karate championship at the end of the film, when Jean-Claude Van Damme's character Ivan is entering the building, some of the guys that are part of his entourage (especially the Hispanic looking man with white shirt and beige pants) are later used as extras in the crowd who are booing Ivan. See more »

Quotes

RJ Madison: You moving in?
Jason Stillwell: [sarcastically] No. We just came for the weekend. We travel light.
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Crazy Credits

Jean-Claude Van Damme's character is Ivan, but in the ending credits, next to his name reads, "Karl Brezdin". See more »

Alternate Versions

There are two different soundtracks. The US version with Kevin Chalfont's - Hold on to that Vision and the UK version with Joe Toronos - 'Stand on Your Own'. See more »

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Soundtracks

A Bottle and a Song
Written by Frank Harris and Mary Reynolds
Sung by Mary Reynolds
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Cheesey 80's action brilliance!!!!!!!!!
10 May 2002 | by bouncywolfSee all my reviews

From the stilted dialogue, through the ridiculous storyline, the amazing disco sequence and a rousing finale the sheer spirit of this FUN FUN FUN movie shines through. Forget all the computer generated fights of today, this how it was and should be. Over the top, funny, satisfying and possible. They don't make 'em like this anymore, and more's the shame.


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