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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

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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

No Ring. No Ref. No Rules. See more »

Genres:

Action | Sport

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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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

Rip wore blue and white wrestling gear in the movie. Hulk Hogan was known for his standard color scheme as red and yellow, but he did wear blue and white during some matches in the mid-1980s. Instead of "Rip 'Em", the tank tops usually said "American Made". 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: It's Harley and ME and YOU in the tree!
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Alternate Versions

The UK cinema version was cut by 8 secs to remove ear claps during fight scenes. These were restored in all video releases. See more »

Connections

Featured in No Holds Barred: The Match/The Movie (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

All My Rowdy Friends
Performed by Hank Williams Jr.
Courtesy of Curb Records/Warner Bros. Records, Inc.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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"Dooooooookie!"
8 May 2014 | by utgard14See all my reviews

One of the all-time great howlers. This was made back in the days when Vince McMahon and pretty much everybody else in wrestling tried their best to keep the "secret" from being revealed. That secret being, of course, that pro wrestling is staged and choreographed. So you had movies like this and a few others from the time that treated it as though it was real. The plot to this is pretty stupid. Hulk Hogan plays a version of himself named Rip, who is the WWF Champion. Kurt Fuller runs a TV network that loses to wrestling in the ratings due to Rip's popularity. So Fuller tries to come up with his own pro wrestling alternative called Battle of the Tough Guys. Seriously. Through a series of ridiculous events that involve a lot of big men grunting and fake-hitting each other, Fuller discovers his own champion: Zeus, a hybrid of Mr. T and Frankenstein's monster. Zeus is played by Tommy "Tiny" Lister, who went on to a long career in everything from A-list theatrical releases to garbage that shows on the SyFy channel at 2am. The rest of the movie is a long wait until the inevitable showdown between Rip and Zeus.

Hogan and Lister are both so awful you can't help but enjoy them. They snarl and growl and carry on like animals marking their territory every time they're face to face. The real star of the movie, though, is Kurt Fuller with one of the most over-the-top performances you'll ever see. He's got more ham in him than Porky Pig. Objectively, it's a terribly-made movie. Its only redeeming quality is that it has some merit as an unintentional comedy. For current fans of professional wrestling, it will all seem pretty dull. The wrestling matches mostly consist of guys clubbing each other with their forearms and posing a lot. For people who grew up with the Hulkster and the old school WWF like me, there's a lot of nostalgic appeal here. Fans of "so bad they're good" movies may also find something to like about this turkey. Many memorably bad scenes and corny lines. One of my favorites is when Hulk starts throwing food at two thugs trying to rob the diner he's eating at while the Hank Williams, Jr. song "All My Rowdy Friends" plays in the background. Movie gold.


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