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Best of the Best (1989)

PG-13 | | Action, Drama, Sport | 10 November 1989 (USA)
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?

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Travis Brickley (as Christopher Penn)
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Virgil Keller
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Sonny Grasso
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Don Peterson
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Mrs. Grady
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Master Hee Il Cho ...
Korean Coach
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Sae Jin Kwon
Ken Nagayama ...
Yung Kim
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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>

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Only when the right people come together at the right moment for the right reasons, only then can they become... See more »


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10 November 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bedst af de bedste  »

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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$990,000, 11 November 1989, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$1,700,000
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1.85 : 1
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John p Ryan and Eric Roberts second movie together the first one being runaway train. See more »

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When Tommy & Travis are sparring in the ring, Tommy pulls a punch when Travis is on the mat. In the wide view, Tommy is punching with his left. In the closeup of Travis immediately after, Tommy's right fist is in the shot above Travis' face. See more »

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Coach Couzo: My name is Frank Couzo. To you, I am either Coach, or Mr Couzo. Starting tommorow, you are mine for the next three months. That means no women, no alcohol, no drugs. You will eat, sleep and shit competition.
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BEST OF THE BEST
Written and Produced by Ike Stubblefield
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A reasonable representation of martial arts as a sport
3 February 2005 | by See all my reviews

Best of the best is one of those rare movie; a credible and fairly realistic representation of martial arts as a sport. Yes, it is a cheese fest but it's a good one. The characters are likable, the action scenes are brilliantly done and although the story isn't as engaging as it could have been it does work.

The story shows the selection and training of the US and the Korean national karate teams who we know from the start of the movie will face each other in a televised sporting event. All the character development is with the Americans though and this film is essentially about them. While the training and character building are good, and do make you care to some extent about the Americans, the entire movie is really all about the final fights. They are technically brilliant and very well shot. The second to last fight will send tingles down your spine, and the final fight - well, my wife hates this sort of movie but even she was in tears at the end.

I liked this movie a lot. It's in my collection and my advice to anyone who enjoys a good fight film is to give this a chance.


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