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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... See more »

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Alex Grady
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Tommy Lee
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Frank Couzo
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Catherine Wade
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Travis Brickley (as Christopher Penn)
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Virgil Keller
David Agresta ...
Sonny Grasso
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Don Peterson
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Mrs. Grady
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Jennings
Edan Gross ...
Walter Grady
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Dae Han Park
Master Hee Il Cho ...
Korean Coach
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Sae Jin Kwon
Ken Nagayama ...
Yung Kim
Master Ho Sik Pak ...
Han Cho (as Ho Sik Pak)
Dae Kyu Chang ...
Tung Sung Moon
Diane Mizrahi ...
Nurse
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Dr. Weisman
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Himself
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Stan
Helen Funai ...
Tommy's Mother
Eugene Choe ...
Little Tommy
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Referee #1 (as R. Lee Telford)
Ricky Barnard ...
Referee #2
Danny Gibson ...
Referee #3
Greg Williams ...
Refere #4
David Rody ...
Announcer (Try Out)
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Carol Ann
Adrianne Sachs ...
Kelly
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The Woman
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Burt
Steve Hulin ...
Buzz Cut
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Townie #1
William H. Burton Jr. ...
Townie #2 (as William H. Burton)
Steve Santosusso ...
Townie #3
Orion Masters ...
Gate Attendant
Miriam Ezra ...
Tommy's Secretary
Jonathan Strauss ...
Boy #1
Jeffery Jagger ...
Boy #2
David Park ...
Tommy's Older Brother
Chang Park Kim ...
Korean Referee
Kwang Jae Lee ...
Korean Announcer
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Tournament Fighter (uncredited)
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Tournament Fighter (uncredited)
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Tournament Fighter (uncredited)
Tony Moya ...
Corner Referee (uncredited)

Directed by

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Robert Radler ... (as Bob Radler)

Written by

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Phillip Rhee ... (story) and
Paul Levine ... (story)
 
Paul Levine ... (written by)
 
Max Strom ... (additional dialogue)

Produced by

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Frank Giustra ... executive producer
Michael Holzman ... executive producer
Phillip Rhee ... producer
Deborah Scott ... associate producer
Marlon Staggs ... line producer
Peter E. Strauss ... producer

Music by

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Paul Gilman

Cinematography by

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Douglas Ryan ... director of photography (as Doug Ryan)

Film Editing by

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William Hoy

Editorial Department

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Julie Dole ... assistant editor
James Garrett ... assistant editor (as Jim Garrett)
Dan Muscarella ... color timer
Dan Perrett ... apprentice editor

Casting By

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James F. Tarzia ... (as Jim Tarzia)

Production Design by

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Kim Rees

Art Direction by

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Maxine Shepard

Costume Design by

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Cynthia Bergstrom

Makeup Department

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Patty Beigel ... makeup assistant (as Patty Biegil)
Kim Messina ... hair stylist: Sally Kirkland (as Kimi Messina)
Lynn Small ... makeup assistant
Peggy Teague ... makeup effects supervisor
Paul Thompson ... makeup effects assistant

Production Management

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Joel DeLoach ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Chuck Conner ... first assistant director
Jake Jacobs ... first assistant director: second unit, US
Chuck Kim ... first assistant director: Korean
Robert Levine ... second assistant director
Molly M. Mayeux ... second second assistant director (as Molly Mayeaux)

Art Department

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Mark Anderson ... lead man
Tom Cortese ... on-set dresser
Shannon Gale ... assistant to production designer
Steve Guerino ... property assistant
Chet Hilgers ... property master
Deborah Krikun ... graphic designer
Greg Lawrence ... storyboard artist
Jon Marsala ... construction foreman (as John Marsala)
Darrell McCully ... construction coordinator

Sound Department

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John Adams ... cable person
Joe Barnett ... sound assistant
Bill Daly ... sound mixer
Brian Geer ... sound assistant
Paul Gilman ... sound designer
Lewis Goldstein ... supervising digital sound editor (as Lew Goldstein)
Erin Hoien ... foley recordist
Kristen Janusis ... mixing assistant
Sherry Klein ... re-recording mixer
Rob Luna ... dialogue editor
Rached M'Dini ... assistant sound editor
Terry O'Bright ... foley recordist
Tom Rota ... sound assistant
Catherine Rowe ... foley artist
Joan Rowe ... foley artist
Katie Rowe ... foley artist
R. Russell Smith ... re-recording mixer (as Rusty Smith)
Christopher M. Taylor ... boom operator (as Chris Taylor)
Ken Teaney ... re-recording mixer
Dyan Traynor ... post-production sound supervisor

Visual Effects by

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Luc G. Nicknair ... visual effects first assistant camera (uncredited)

Stunts

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Bobby Burns ... stunts
Gilbert B. Combs ... stunts (as Gil Combs)
John Juhász ... stunts: assistant to Mr. Rhee
Clay M. Lilley ... stunts (as Clay Lilley)
Don Charles McGovern ... stunts
Myke Michaels ... stunts
Chuck Picerni Jr. ... stunts
Steve Picerni ... stunts
Simon Rhee ... stunt coordinator
Jack Verbois ... stunts

Camera and Electrical Department

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Kenneth C. Barrows ... first assistant camera (as Ken Barrows)
David R. Casey ... electrician (as David Casey)
Danny Cosica ... grip
E. Chip Foody ... rigging gaffer
Rusty Geller ... Steadicam operator
Cranston Gobbo ... best boy grip
Bill Hodge ... swingman
Paige Jeffers ... still photographer
Jay Anthony Jones ... first assistant camera
Larry Kaster ... gaffer
Dong-sam Lee ... first assistant camera: Korean crew
Mark Lemon ... camera loader
Lee Song Lim ... second assistant camera: Korea
Ed Malone ... electrician
Ed Maloney ... electrician
Lloyd Moriarity ... key grip (as Lloyd Moriarty)
David Parks ... second assistant camera
Richard Ruskuski ... swing man (as Ricc Ruskuski)
Huh Song Ryong ... third assistant camera: Korea
Lynn Smith ... first assistant camera
Craig Wallace ... grip
Jerry Watson ... director of photography: second unit

Casting Department

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Jeff Olan ... extras casting assistant (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Kim Gunther ... costumer
Emily Payne ... costumer

Location Management

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Jerry Jaffe ... location manager

Music Department

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Ron Gell ... music supervisor
Marcie Jo Gilman ... music score production assistant
Paul Gilman ... music performer
Lewis Goldstein ... music editor (as Lew Goldstein)
Jay Kuys-Nicholls ... music supervisor

Transportation Department

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John 'Hoover' Lee ... driver: honeywagon
Tom Waisanen ... transportation coordinator

Other crew

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Jessica Allen ... production assistant
Jeanette Bellwood ... accountant
Thomas Betz ... second prelay engineer (as Tom Betz)
David Chong ... production executive: Korea
Myles Connolly ... assistant coordinator (as Myles Connally III)
Daniel Dvorsky ... customs expeditor
Daniel A. Haro ... set paramedic
Greg Hodge ... first prelay engineer
Pat Johnston ... facility coordinator: EFX Systems
Kevin King ... production assistant
Konstantinos Kovas ... production assistant (as Dino Kovas)
Jeanette Kremer ... production assistant
Debora McClune ... production coordinator (as Debby McClune)
Jim McDermott ... head swingman
Jennifer Miller ... production assistant
Joel Jeffrey Nishimine ... production assistant (as Joel Nishimine)
Perry Patterson ... production assistant
Janine Paver ... production assistant
Debra Piazzie ... production assistant
Nancy Pyne-Hapke ... studio teacher
Patricia Pérez ... craft service
Min Hi Rhee ... executive advisor: Korean crew
Paul Rodriguez ... facility manager: EFX Systems
Ditta Smolka ... massage therapist
Susan Strauss ... production executive
Judi Townsend ... script supervisor
Truman Van Dyke ... insurance broker
Lonn Wade ... production assistant
Sean Wade ... production assistant
Brad Watson ... production assistant
Myke Zykoff ... production assistant
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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

Plot Keywords
Taglines There's a kind of inner strength you never know you have...until it's ALL you have. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Karate Tiger IV - Best of the Best (Germany)
  • Campeón de campeones (Spain)
  • I migliori (Italy)
  • Onur savasi (Turkey, Turkish title)
  • Най-добър от най-добрите (Bulgaria, Bulgarian title)
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Runtime
  • 97 min
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Box Office

Budget $5,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $990,000, 11 Nov 1989

Did You Know?

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Trivia Simon and Phillip Rhee, Dae Han and Tommy Lee, are real-life brothers. See more »
Goofs When Alex receives his letter indicating he has been selected for the National Team, the word Congratulations is misspelled as "congradulations". See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Best of the Best II (1993). See more »
Soundtracks TALES OF POWER See more »
Quotes Dae Han: [during the awards ceremony, slowly hobbling towards Tommy Lee and putting his medal around Tommy Lee's neck] To save a life in defeat is to earn victory and honor within. Your brother too, was a great fighter. I deeply regret your loss, and I offer myself as your brother.
[Putting his head down and tearfully crying. Raises his head back up and accepts his apology]
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