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A GI in Vietnam saves his buddy's life, but in the process is shot in the head. The injury results in brain damage to the point where he basically has a child's brain in a (very large) ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lou Ferrigno ... Billy Thomas
Reb Brown ... Scott Monroe
Michael Dante ... Tony Baccola
Mike Moroff ... Mario
Marilyn Tokuda Marilyn Tokuda ... Morgan Garrett
Al Leong ... Tiger Joe
James Shigeta ... Tin Lum Yin
Branscombe Richmond ... Diablo
Tiger Chung Lee Tiger Chung Lee ... Chang
Al Ruscio ... Costello
Daniel Martine Daniel Martine ... Mono
Rion Hunter ... Chao Tung
Dana Lee ... Pang
Maggie Mae Miller Maggie Mae Miller ... Meme
Paul Sorensen Paul Sorensen ... Matt
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A GI in Vietnam saves his buddy's life, but in the process is shot in the head. The injury results in brain damage to the point where he basically has a child's brain in a (very large) man's body. When they get out of the army the two open up a bar together, but some local gangsters make things tough for them after they refuse to take part in brutal "cage" matches where fighters battle to the point of serious injury and/or death. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Only the winner gets out alive

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Action | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 September 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Arena da Morte See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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$618,178
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Dolby

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Color
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Trivia

Lou Ferrigno and Reb Brown both played Marvel Comics superheroes. Lou Ferrigno played The Incredible Hulk and Reb Brown played Captain America. See more »

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Billy Thomas: [Billy enters the cage, and extends his hand] Hello, my name is Billy.
Wrestler: FUCK YOU!
[kicks him]
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Followed by Cage II (1994) See more »

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Surprisingly good!
19 April 2002 | by supertom-3See all my reviews

This is much better that I thought would be. Whats more Lou Ferrigno is actually pretty good in this, not just at flexing his pecs but he puts in quite a touching performance as Billy. Billy saved his friends life and in that process took a gunshot wound to the head. Subsequantly he became mentally challenged and has the mind of a boy his friend who he saved now looks after Billy and they are the best of mates. The scene near the beginning set in the hospital as the two war heros recouperate is slightly on the homosexual side with so almost loving looks between the two guys, some holding of the hands and a vomitously sappy love song playing over the opening credits, this made me worry that the film would be cheesy than a truck load of stilton but it sorted itself out after that scene. These tournement based films were very common around this time with the likes of Van Damme breaking through to the likes of Don the Dragon, Billy Blanks and Gary Daniels also coming in further down the market. This is one of the better ones, with a good central relationship and also a good standard of fights although the direction from Lang Elliot is strictly routine. Anyway overall this is surprisingly worth a watch with Lou doing a surprisingly efficient acting job. Although why he sported such a dodgy hair cut throughout the 80's only Lou will know.


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