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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 Charles Levin ... Ordway
David Paymer ... Unger
Patrick O'Bryan ... Craig (as Pat O'Bryan)
Jesse Ventura ... Commentator #1
Gene Okerlund 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:

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:

Blodig Alvor See more »

Filming Locations:

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$16,093,651
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)
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Trivia

Rip's finisher is a running double sledgehammer, the one Hogan used during his matches in Japan, where it is known as the 'Axe Bomber'. In the Japanese Fire Pro series of wrestling games, many real wrestlers from different promotions are featured using fake names, and Hulk Hogan is known in that series as 'Axe Duggan'. 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 »

Connections

Referenced in Hulk Hogan: The Ultimate Anthology (2006) See more »

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Criminal Mind
Written and Performed by Danny Wilde
Courtesy of Island Records, Inc.
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Wow this movie is funny.
22 December 2000 | by Mr. PulseSee all my reviews

Mind you, it's not supposed to be, but it is. As a wee tot, I watched this movie in the theatre (Being a huge wrestling and Hulk Hogan fan). All I remember from the night is we were the only ones in the theater, and that I didn't really like it very much. I blacked the rest out, and for good reason.

A poor film on par with the greats like "Gymkata" and "The Pumaman," "No Holds Barred" is a movie set in the high stakes world of pro wrestling. Well maybe the stakes aren't all that high...and quite frankly I feel dirty just calling these people "professionals" at anything. And really, except for the first scene, there's no wrestling to speak of. So I guess movie is about the marginally low stakes world of amateurish beating-the-c***-out-of-people. Sounds good, right?

Hulk Hogan plays Rip, the champion of the WWF (Never let it be said that Hulk Hogan was typecast, this and movies like Thunder in Paradise showed how he challenged himself with deep roles that really pushed the limits of his talents). Essentially he's playing himself, but with a wardrobe that's more black and blue than the Hulkster's red and yellow. He also has this hand gesture he does. It's kinda like the ozzy devil sign people make at rock concerts, except you stick your thumb in the air, and you curl your index finger in. My friend claimed that it was supposed to look like an "R." Try and see for yourself. If that looks like an "R," well, then, Mars needs women. But anyway.

Kurt Fuller, with his overacting detector obviously on the fritz, plays a TV exec with his slightly homoerotic heart set on getting Rip, who's evidentally bigger than Elvis, on his network. He won't have any of it (And exits the office with a triumphant hand gesture to no one but the camera), and so the movie follows Fuller trying to boost ratings and get back at Rip. He does so when he creates his brilliantly titled "Battle of the Tough Guys." Marketing genius, this guy.

From the numerous hand gestures, to the rather idiotic fight scenes (All played as if wrestling is very real and deadly serious) to the overacting, to the far too frequent shots of Hulk in nothing but undies, this movie has everything you'd ever want in a dumb movie. It's frivolous, not too taxing on the mind, violent, and includes the phrase "What's that smell?" "DOOKIE!" "Dookie?"

A classic for all time.


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