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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:

You can work, sweat, train, and dream...and still never be better than good. See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | Sport

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Trivia

MMA legend Chuck Liddell names Best of the Best as his favourite martial arts movie. See more »

Goofs

When the fighters are holding the pressure pad for each other and Tommy kicks Virgil during this training session and sends Virgil flying to the ground, the black crash mat that he lands on to cushion his fall is visible, but when everybody rushes to see if Virgil is OK the crash mat has vanished. See more »

Quotes

Coach Couzo: [to Wade as she confronts him after seeing Tommy's brother on tape] This has nothing to do with winning; if those boys do their best and fail, I'll still be proud, but if they don't give it their all and I don't give them mine, then it's my failure and my disgrace. In fact, that's exactly what happened to Tommy's brother. You saw that tape? I was the coach of that team, Ms. Wade. And back then, I didn't have the heart to give them rules and drive them to the edge to the point where they hated my...
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Connections

Followed by Best of the Best 4: Without Warning (1998) See more »

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BEST OF THE BEST
Written and Produced by Ike Stubblefield
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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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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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