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No Holds Barred (1989)

PG-13 | | Action, Sport | 2 June 1989 (USA)
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Rip is the World Wrestling Federation champion who is faithful to his fans and the network he wrestles for. Brell, the new head of the World Television Network, wants Rip to wrestle for his... See full summary »

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Thomas J. Wright

Writer:

Dennis Hackin

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hulk Hogan ... Rip
Joan Severance ... Samantha
Kurt Fuller ... Brell
Tommy 'Tiny' Lister ... Zeus (as Tom 'Tiny' Lister Jr.)
Mark Pellegrino ... Randy
Bill Henderson ... Charlie
Charles Levin ... Ordway
David Paymer ... Unger
Patrick O'Bryan ... Craig (as Pat O'Bryan)
Jesse Ventura ... Commentator #1
Gene Okerlund ... Commentator #2
Howard Finkel ... Ring Announcer
Bill Eadie Bill Eadie ... Jake Bullet
Rebecca Wackler ... Ms. Tidings
Bruce Taylor Bruce Taylor ... Mr. Johnson
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Storyline

Rip is the World Wrestling Federation champion who is faithful to his fans and the network he wrestles for. Brell, the new head of the World Television Network, wants Rip to wrestle for his network. Rip refuses and goes back to his normal life. Still looking for a way to raise ratings, Brell initiates a show called "The Battle of the Tough Guys", a violent brawling competition. A mysterious man, Zeus, wins the competition. This gets Brell to use him as an angle to get at Rip. Written by Pat McCurry <ccgrad97@aol.com>

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Taglines:

The battle of the super tough guys. See more »

Genres:

Action | Sport

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 June 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

No Holds Barred See more »

Filming Locations:

USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,957,052, 4 June 1989

Gross USA:

$16,093,651

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$16,093,651
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)
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Trivia

The movie's title became the name of a specialty type in the WWF during the mid-1990s where there were no disqualifications or countouts; matches ended only for pinfall or submission. This replaced various other names used for this type: Anything Goes, No DQ/No Countouts. However, these matches were usually not in a steel cage (as the Hogan/Beefcake-Savage/Zeus match was) and was never in an octagon-shaped ring (as in the movie). See more »

Goofs

In the final fight when Rip is ready to break the window of the control room to get to Brell, the glass shatters right before he hits it. See more »

Quotes

Rip Thomas: I WON'T be around when this check clears!
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Alternate Versions

German VHS retail release was cut by ca. 18 minutes to secure a "Not under 16" rating. The rental VHS was released uncut with a "Not under 18" rating. See more »

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Featured in WrestleMania V (1989) See more »

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Body slam...
22 February 2007 | by fmarkland32See all my reviews

Hulk Hogan stars as a champion wrestler (A real acting stretch...) named Rip, who is forced to defend his honor, his title and his girlfriend from a greedy corporation that wanted him to sign for their network (Because wrestling sells!) however when Rip declines, the network gets a circuit fighting championship called (and i'm totally serious) "Battle of the tough guys" who's champion Zeus (Played by Tiny Lister Jr) maybe the deadliest man alive. Rip refuses to fight, until his brother is attacked and put in a hospital. No Holds Barred is pretty much what I expected from Vince McMahon production starring the least versatile actor in the action genre (Hogan) it is basically lots of unintentional humor, tons of awkward sequences, a couple okay action sequences and tons of stupidity. In other words it's not unlike wrestling itself, so I give it a fair rating mainly because anyone renting this knows what they're getting. The movie is cheap but well made enough for what it is and really wrestling fans will probably enjoy this. I myself found this to be ultimately hilarious. They're are moments of such absurdity that you only chuckle to yourself. (Such as the way Hogan jumps 20 feet in the air after being stuck in a limo, how he forces a guy to crap himself and of course the way Hogan recites from his cuecard. (I.E:"I'm not going to be around when this check clears!") No Holds Barred is a lot of fun, true, though it's mainly because of how ridiculous it is. Fans of camp should really enjoy this clever clinker.

* * out of 4-(Fair)


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