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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

The scene with Kurt McKinney doing two-finger push-ups was filmed with wires to hoist McKinney up and down. The trees in the background cover up the wire. See more »

Goofs

In the final fight, Ivan seems to lose all of his fighting skills as soon as Jason enters the ring. He drops his defense and allows Jason to beat him at will. See more »

Quotes

Scott: Beat it, Brucey! Go home and play with your wooden dolly!
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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 known versions. One version features an extra scene where Jason and Kelly go up to the top of the Space Needle but this version also deletes a few of the other scenes. It's also possible that this extra scene is only in the UK print of the movie. This would be to make up for the lost "feature time" from the censored and deleted action sequences. One version of this movie is 85 minutes and the uncut version is 95 minutes (but missing the Space Needle scene). See more »

Connections

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Soundtracks

Hold on to the Vision
(Main Theme)
Music and Lyrics by Frank Harris and Jo Mortensen
Produced by Frank Harris
Sung by Kevin Chalfant
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Revenge of the 80's: Jean Claude Van Damme, Superstar.
9 February 2005 | by Captain_CouthSee all my reviews

No Retreat, No Surrender (1985) was a Seasonal Films production that was filmed in the United States. Corey Yuen was the director and Hoi Meng was the co-action director. This film marked the Western debut of future superstar Jean Claude Van Damme. This was also the first of three official No Retreat, No Surrender films.

A kid witnesses his dad being brutally beaten by a group of thugs and their new fighter, a big mean Soviet kick-fighter (J.C.V.D.) The kid does what anybody else would do if they saw their own dad nearly beaten to death, swear a blood revenge against those who put him in traction. There's one problem, the kid can't punch his way out of a paper bag and his fighting skills are virtually non-existence. What's a kid to do? Turn to a higher power! Will that be the stuff needed to beat down the mean Red fighter and avenge his father?

The fight scenes are realistic looking and bone crunching. The direction is real good and the acting is okay. A Hong Kong style movie made in America. J.C.V.D. is pretty scary and mean looking in his big debut. He'll make a bigger splash in his first true success Bloodsport.

If you enjoy old school kung fu movies where the son has to avenge his father with a blood oath, then this one's for you. Followed by No Retreat, No Surrender 2.


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