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Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story (1993)

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A fictionalized account of the life of the martial arts superstar.

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Rob Cohen

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Robert Clouse (book), Linda Lee Cadwell (book) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Scott Lee ... Bruce Lee
Lauren Holly ... Linda Lee
Robert Wagner ... Bill Krieger
Michael Learned ... Vivian Emery
Nancy Kwan ... Gussie Yang
Kay Tong Lim Kay Tong Lim ... Philip Tan
Ric Young ... Bruce's Father
Luoyong Wang ... Yip Man
Sterling Macer Jr. ... Jerome Sprout (as Sterling Macer)
Sven-Ole Thorsen ... The Demon
Ong Soo Han Ong Soo Han ... Luke Sun
Eric Bruskotter ... Joe Henderson
Aki Aleong ... Principal Elder
Chao Li Chi ... Elder (as Chao-Li Chi)
Iain M. Parker Iain M. Parker ... Brandon Lee
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Storyline

Based on the life and career of Martial Arts superstar, Bruce Lee. Haunted by demons. Bruce was taught Martial arts at childhood. Bruce then was told by his father to flee to the United States. There, he opened up a Martial Arts school, then was chosen to be the Green Hornet's sidekick, Kato. Then, his big movie career that included "The Big Boss" and "Enter the Dragon". Fighting many enemies along the way, including his childhood demon. Written by John Wiggins

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Taglines:

The Mystery. The Life. The Love. The Legend


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for martial arts violence and sensuality | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Cantonese

Release Date:

7 May 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A sárkány - Bruce Lee élete See more »

Filming Locations:

Hong Kong, China See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,019,970, 9 May 1993

Gross USA:

$35,113,743

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$63,513,743
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (online release) (edited)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Hong Kong martial arts star Donnie Yen auditioned for the title role but was turned down in favour of Jason Scott Lee. Years later, Yen would play the title role in Ip Man, the sifu who trained Bruce Lee. See more »

Goofs

The name of the restaurant where Bruce Lee worked was "Ruby Chow's" in Seattle, Washington, not "Gussier Yang's" in the San Francisco, California area. See more »

Quotes

Bruce Lee: [Coming Home] Hello.
Linda Lee: What were you're doing.
Bruce Lee: I'm working on the Game of Death.
Linda Lee: Bruce.
Bruce Lee: I don't have a choice, we've been through this before.
Linda Lee: Maybe you don't, but I do. I'm taking the kids home for a while
Bruce Lee: This "is" home.
Linda Lee: No. Here is where we watch you work.
Bruce Lee: I know all about America, a mountain of gold, we are so good. But you can't believe that, you gotta read the small print.
Linda Lee: This is place is eating us up, can't you see that Bruce?
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Alternate Versions

The climatic use of nunchaku in the dream sequence has been reduced to de-emphasize the display of weaponry in most UK versions; the initial lightning flash & zoom onto the highlighted weapon is gone, as are all shots of Lee twirling the weapon. This version was used as the basis for the European DVD release, since Universal did not want to create different DVD masters. Despite the BBFC's blanket ban on ninja weaponry being lifted in 1999 (and the cuts therefore being automatically waived), Universal still re-submitted the cut version to them in 1999 and 2000. The 2016 Blu-ray is uncut, despite the uncut version not having been submitted to the BBFC - however, the Irish classification board (IFCO) did see it in 2015 and lowered their original 18 certificate to a 15. See more »

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Features Kung Fu (1972) See more »

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The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence
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Performed by Gene Pitney
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User Reviews

 
Good as a movie, not really as a biography.
19 February 2005 | by Boba_Fett1138See all my reviews

The story told in the movie is really excellent and entertaining. However it feels more like a story based on the life of Bruce Lee rather then an actual biopic of his life.

Jason Scott Lee perfectly plays Kung Fu legend Bruce Lee. Not only the way he plays Lee is impressive but also his fighting skills.

The music by Randy Edelman was also surprising good.

There are way too many fictitious and untrue things added in the movie to be considered a fair biography. But does it really matter for the movie? It's like "Ed Wood" that was also filled with altered things and false truths but still it was a movie that told us the story of an unique character and what drove him. "Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story" isn't much different in that way. OK it's not completely fair to compare this movie to "Ed Wood" since that was a far superior movie to "Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story" (what a horrible title by the way).

The fight sequence are probably the best thing about the movie and they were highly entertaining, although very hard to believe that they actually really happened that way.

It's a good entertaining movie but if you want to get to know more about Bruce Lee this isn't the best material for you to start with.

7/10

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