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Best of the Best (1989)

PG-13 | | Action, Drama, Sport | 10 November 1989 (USA)
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A team from the United States is going to compete against Korea in a Tae Kwon Do tournament. The team consists of fighters from all over the country--can they overcome their rivalry and work together to win?

Director:

Robert Radler (as Bob Radler)

Writers:

Phillip Rhee (story), Paul Levine (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eric Roberts ... Alex Grady
Phillip Rhee ... Tommy Lee
James Earl Jones ... Frank Couzo
Sally Kirkland ... Catherine Wade
Chris Penn ... Travis Brickley (as Christopher Penn)
John Dye ... Virgil Keller
David Agresta David Agresta ... Sonny Grasso
Tom Everett ... Don Peterson
Louise Fletcher ... Mrs. Grady
John P. Ryan ... Jennings
Edan Gross ... Walter Grady
Simon Rhee ... Dae Han Park
Master Hee Il Cho Master Hee Il Cho ... Korean Coach
James Lew ... Sae Jin Kwon
Ken Nagayama Ken Nagayama ... Yung Kim
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Storyline

Team USA gets rid of personal ghosts while fighting Team Korea in Taekwondo championship. "Adversity overcome" formula with excellent fighting scenes. Written by Gene Gorokhovsky <geneg@kandasoft.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

If two wrongs don't make a right, then what happens when one wrong handpicks five more? See more »


Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 November 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Best of the Best See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$990,000, 12 November 1989

Gross USA:

$1,700,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,700,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The only film in the Best of the Best series to be given a PG-13 certificate in the US, as all sequels would be rated R. See more »

Goofs

When you see a shot of the Koreans training in a temple there is a sign whose characters are clearly Chinese. (Korean characters do not look anything like Chinese ones.) See more »

Quotes

Travis Brickley: Yeah! Drop him like a toilet seat, Tommy!
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Connections

Edited into Best of the Best II (1993) See more »

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This movie does a great job!
29 September 2001 | by reddawn74See all my reviews

This movie does a great job of combining martial arts action and is emotional. I have seen all 4 of the series but I have to say that this one and Best of the Best 2 are my favorites. The third one has a lot of great fight scenes but doesn't have quite the kick without Eric Roberts. All the fight scenes weather compitition or a bar fight are wonderfully done. Eric Roberts fighting is really good but Phillip Rhee fighting is just wonderful to watch. His movements are very clean, fluid and powerful.

There are very strong emotional parts as well that are very well portrayed. I am a huge martial arts fan and have been for many years. So if you want a movie that has good acting. great fight scenes and has a tear jerking emotional feel to it, this is a great movie.


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