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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>

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When life is on the line there can be ... See more »

Genres:

Action | Comedy | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

Keith W. Strandberg: One of the thugs outside of the bar who beats up Tom before Jason saves him. See more »

Goofs

When Ivan enters the building for the Karate championship at the end of the film, some guys in his entourage (especially the Hispanic-looking man in a white shirt and beige pants) show up as extras in the crowd who are booing Ivan. See more »

Quotes

RJ Madison: Hey, ain't no shelves built to stop THIS dancin' machine.
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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

Another scene cut out in US video releases was a small chase sequence in which Scott, after being yelled at by his father for his laziness, chases R.J. only to fall in wet cement after R.J. jumps a hurdle on his skateboard. See more »

Connections

Featured in Movie Nights: No Retreat, No Surrender 2 (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Close to You
Written by Frank Harris and MJ Lallo (as M.J. Lallo)
Sung by MJ Lallo (as M.J. Lallo)
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User Reviews

 
Oh, boy
22 December 2019 | by pmtelefonSee all my reviews

I'm not a fan of watching campy movies. I can laugh an inept movie for a few minutes but then I get bored. Some people might watch "No Retreat, No Surrender" as camp. I don't but that doesn't mean that it's a good movie. It's not. It does, however, have a certain charm that makes the ridiculousness watchable. I watch "No Retreat, No Surrender" every once in a while. I won't say that it hits the spot but it's a strangely almost satisfying watch.


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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:

| (2004) (DVD) | (1986) (video) | (International Cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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