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No Retreat, No Surrender (1986)

PG | | Action, Comedy, Crime | 2 May 1986 (USA)
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 ... See full summary »

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:

$793,723, 4 May 1986, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$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

Korean actor, Tae-jeong Kim who starred as Sifu Bruce Lee had been a double/stand-in for the real Bruce Lee in films such as Game of Death (1978) and Game of Death II (1981). See more »

Goofs

The Matte box attached to the lens and a stage light blatantly visible in the Lee house training scenes. See more »

Quotes

Ivan: So it is you, son, is it not?
Jason Stillwell: But this time it will be different. Russian.
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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

Referenced in Californication: Levon (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Stand on Your Own
Words & Music by Paul Gilreath
Performed by Joe Torono
(US version)
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fantastic martial art flick from the eighties'
6 May 2005 | by kai-tangvikSee all my reviews

Just finished viewing no retreat,no surrender whom i borrowed from by good friend "Thorstein" today.The last time i watched it was approximately ten years ago on a lousy video tape,and seeing it on DVD gave me a hell of a ride.We all know that these movies lack about everything a movie lover craves,but the intensity and the choreography of the fighting is just plain awesome! I too see the similarities ti Rocky 4 with the Russian fighter etc,but remember that Ivan grabbed Jasons girl by the hair,wouldn't you step into the ring to defend your girl? Simultanously i have to say that our belgium phenomen has delivered the film-histories best side-kicks.Worth the whole movie by itself! Beside "American warrior" this is the greatest martial art movie of all time!Sorry Jet Li!And once again thanks to my dear friend Thorstein(who simply adores van damme)for lending me this one!


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