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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 »

Director:

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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The battle of the super tough guys. See more »

Genres:

Action | Sport

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 June 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blodig Alvor 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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)
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Did You Know?

Trivia

To promote the movie, Tommy 'Tiny' Lister was brought in to the WWF as Zeus. Saying he was angry about losing in the movie and saying he could beat Hogan in real life. The problem was he was not a real wrestler. He wrestled only three matches, a tag match with Randy Savage vs. Hulk Hogan & Brutus Beefcake at Summerslam, an eight-man tag where he was eliminated by DQ. Finally since Vince knew the movie was a bust and wouldn't sell on PPV by it self he sold the PPV No Holds Barred: The Match/The Movie (1989) which included a steel cage match between Hogan & Beefcake vs. Savage & Zeus. Rumors say had No Holds Barred been a success, the main event for WrestleMania VI (1990) would have been Hulk Hogan vs. Zeus. See more »

Goofs

In the ring scenes, Hogan wears the WWF "Winged Eagle" belt, the one used by the WWF from 1988-1998. In the dressing room scenes before his match with Zeus, he has the "XL" championship belt, the one never used by the WWF but designed to be worn by Andre The Giant. See more »

Quotes

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

In the theatrical version, the film ends with a shot of Rip alone in the ring giving the "Rip 'Em!" sign before fading out to the end credits. In the home video version, the film ends with a shot of Rip and Randy hugging each other in the ring (complete with the sound of Rip makes as he does the "Rip 'Em!" sign) still audible before fading to the end credits. The 2012 DVD from WWE Studios restores the original theatrical closing shot. See more »

Connections

Featured in Cinematic Excrement: No Holds Barred (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Going To A Party
Written by Al Anderson
Performed by NRBQ
Courtesy of Virgin Records America, Inc.
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surreal
8 April 2004 | by very3See all my reviews

it was late one halloween night I had fallen asleep with my TV on and I woke up like 2 in the morning, opened my eyes and this movie was playing. I was a little groggy, but was then awake and couldnt get back to sleep and figured might as well watch this. the thing that surprised me, is, this movie is standard fair as far as fish out of water fighting against incredible odds to win something movies go, but I just LOVED the look of this movie. it was filmed very beaituflly, with some very surreal scenes. such as that rough bar hulk went to and got intoa fight, the look of the bar with the lights shining thru the walls and the colorful look of it really caught my eye. from then on, the strange thing was, while I wasnt incredibly taken with the plot, I thought the film itself, as far as the scenes was really....well........sharp and cool.


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