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Kickboxer (1989)

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Kurt Sloane must learn the ancient kick boxing art of Muay Thai in order to avenge his brother.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean-Claude Van Damme ... Kurt Sloane
Dennis Alexio ... Eric Sloane
Dennis Chan ... Xian Chow
Michel Qissi ... Tong Po
Haskell V. Anderson III ... Winston Taylor
Rochelle Ashana ... Mylee
Ka Ting Lee ... Freddy Li
Richard Foo Richard Foo ... Tao Liu
Ricky Liu Ricky Liu ... Big Thai Man
Ho-Ying Sin Ho-Ying Sin ... Huge Village Man #1
Tony Chan Tony Chan ... Huge Village Man #2
Brad Kerner Brad Kerner ... U.S. Announcer
Dean Harrington Dean Harrington ... U.S. Announcer
Mark DiSalle Mark DiSalle ... U.S. Reporter
Richard Santoro Richard Santoro ... U.S. Reporter


Kurt Sloan is the corner-man for his brother, U.S. kickboxing champion Eric Sloan. When Kurt witnesses his brother become maliciously paralyzed in the ring by Thailand champion Tong Po, Kurt vows revenge. With the help of Xian, a kickboxing trainer who lives in a remote area of Thailand, Kurt trains for the fight of his life. Written by Peter Katzman <pkatzman@bu.edu>

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Action | Sport | Thriller


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Release Date:

8 September 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Karate Tiger 3 - Der Kickboxer See more »

Filming Locations:

Bangkok, Thailand See more »


Box Office


$1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,134,098, 10 September 1989, Wide Release

Gross USA:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Chuck Norris was originally supposed to star as Kurt Sloane. See more »


In the bar fight, when Kurt gets drunk, he returns to his table and pushes off the glasses, all except one. In the next scene, the remaining glass is not the anymore. See more »


Kurt Sloane: [Kurt is exhausted and in pain from kicking a Palm Tree] That's it.
Xian Chow: [sternly] Take your bag and leave my house...
Kurt Sloane: [confused] What? What's going on...?
Xian Chow: [motions for Mylee to stay back and not get involved] You don't want training...
Kurt Sloane: [sarcastically] Hey... you want me to break my leg...?
Xian Chow: [making Kurt remember his brothers vicious fight with Tong Po] Your brother remember...?
Kurt Sloane: [has flashbacks to Tong Po paralysing Eric] Oh... you mean like this... huh... huh
Xian Chow: [...]
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Alternate Versions

Kickboxer has never been available anywhere in the world fully uncut and with the original voice dubs. The old UK VHS from 4 front video was a perfect version with original voice dubs but it was heavily cut by the BBFC by 1 min 18 secs (a ear clap in the bar and the final fight was heavily cut). The Australian Palace VHS version classified R is the most complete version of this film ever released, but even that was missing a few brief shortened scenes due to print damage (I mean very brief too). In the old VHS releases, the character Eric Sloane (Dennis Alexio) spoke with his real voice and this was much more authentic and realistic compared to later dubbed versions on DVD releases. The newer DVD releases also miss vital plot points and story lines and there are many scenes that have been shortened or completely removed. These are things that are missing in the newer DVD releases. 1. Eric's voice uses a whole new voice dub. Some of Kurt's dialogue is re-dubbed and Tong Po's Scream and laugh are re-dubbed. 2. The volley ball scene is longer in the VHS releases. 3. There is an extended shot of Eric and the fighters when Eric whistles for Kurt. 4. The scene where Tong Po paralyzes Eric has been completely re-shot. We should see the audience just as he's being sweeped to the ground, then when he finally elbows Eric in the spine, there's a slightly longer scene of Kurt getting in the ring. Then we should see the audience. Kurt saying "That's my brother" is cut when he's kicked out of the ring. He should say that dialogue right before Tong Po rips Eric's belt in half but this has been re-added slightly later when Eric is carried out of the ring on the stretcher but is not seen. 5. There's extended shots of Eric on the stretcher and the Doctors taking him away. 6.There's missing scenes of the strippers in the club. 7.The scene where Kurt is talking to Taylor has been re-shot. In the uncut version he says much more dialogue...and replies he had started with drugs, selling heroin for the CIA and then goes on to mention guns grenades etc. 8. When Kurt goes into the village to pick up Xian's groceries, he runs around chasing the kids. This is a lot longer in the uncut version and lasts over 20 seconds before the thugs show up and startle the kids. 9. Xian tells Kurt he has new clothes for him, Kurt replies Oh, good. when they walk back to the house. 10. There's missing shots of Kurt training with Xian, a missing eagle squawk and a missing kick plus Kurt kicks the palm tree one more time. 11. The Hospital scene is completely removed (2 mins 21 secs). Taylor arrives to pick up Kurt to visit Eric and Eric breaks down and says his legs are now like toothpicks and be useless in 6 months. He tells Kurt to find Tong Po and F**k him up because he's a Sloane. Kurt promises him that he will. 12. There a cut scene of Kurt dancing with the girls in the bar. 13. The scene with Xian and Freddy Li has been re-shot. In the uncut version Freddy Li says "He's the brother of that pitiful dog, that lost so miserably to Tong Po. In the cut DVD he says "His Brother lose badly to Tong Po. 14. Kurt replies to Xian with "Pedicab" which is also cut. 15. Kurt bowing down to the Buddha statue has been cut. 16. The shot of the knife and close up of the hook on the thug is cut 17. Tong Po's laugh is horribly dubbed 18. Mylee says "Nok Su Kaw" one more time. 19. There is only a vision of the Eagle in Kurt's vision with no warriors. Warriors have been added in the DVD version to compensate for cuts. 19. Mylee cutting the bandages off Kurt's hand is trimmed slightly missing an extra cut. 20. Tong Po gets a roundhouse kick to the face, but the shot of him spinning around and dazed is cut. 21. Tong Po's scream is horribly re-dubbed. 22. Kurt does a final jump kick which you get to see fully in the uncut version. He raises from the floor and kicks Tong Po in the face who falls out of the ring. This is cut in the DVD as we only see half of his jump kick. These are the most recognizable scenes that are cut but there are many more little snippets to shorten scenes too which I haven't listed here. See more »


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User Reviews

Great action movie
25 October 2005 | by Mr_JM84See all my reviews

I have rented this movie out numerous times and i love watching it every time, its a movie that i just cant get enough of and is a movie that i would someday like to own on video or DVD.

The story is pretty simple it's about a man named Kurt Sloan played by Van Dame, who's brother Eric Sloan gets brutally crippled after fighting undefeated Muhay Thai kickboxing champion Tong Po, Kurt Sloan then meets Xian played by Dennis Chan who latter agrees to train Kurt so that he can be good enough to fight Tong Po and beat him to get revenge for his brother.

This is by far my favourite martial arts movie, it has lots of great fighting and action and also contains some lovely scenery of Thailand which the movie is set in and was filmed in.

A highly recommended movie for all martial arts action movie fans.

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