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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:

$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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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

Jean-Claude Van Damme's character, Ivan Krajinski, is incorrectly listed as Karl Brezdin in the credits. See more »

Quotes

Dean Ramsay: L.A. karate... I'm impressed.
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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

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

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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Possibly Van Dammes best movie
7 December 2003 | by VoglerSee all my reviews

This movie might by nothing more than yet another baaaad Karate Kid copy if it wasn't for Van Dammes appearence. In my opinion its van Dammes best movie, because he doesn't have the lead role and doesn't need to "act".

However, his fighting performance and his physical shape is quite impressive. What kills the movie is the fact that McKinney cannot keep up with van Damme, so when McKinney enters the ring, van Damme suddenly looses all of his fighting skills to let McKinney win. Not really worth watching for anyone but van Damme fans.


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