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Only the Strong (1993)

Ex-Special Forces soldier Louis Stevens returns to Miami to find his former high school overrun by drugs and violence. A master of the Brazilian martial art, capoeira, Stevens pledges to ... See full summary »

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Sheldon Lettich
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Dacascos ... Louis Stevens
Stacey Travis ... Dianna
Geoffrey Lewis ... Kerrigan
Paco Christian Prieto ... Silverio
Todd Susman ... Cochran
Jeffrey Anderson-Gunter Jeffrey Anderson-Gunter ... Philippe (Jamaican Gang Leader) (as Jeffrey Anderson Gunter)
Richard Coca ... Orlando
Roman Cardwell Roman Cardwell ... Shay
Ryan Bollman ... Donovan
Christian Klemash Christian Klemash ... Eddie
John Fionte John Fionte ... Cervantes
Joselito 'Amen' Santo Joselito 'Amen' Santo ... Javier
John Gregory Kasper John Gregory Kasper ... Coach Kasper
Phyllis Sukoff Phyllis Sukoff ... Mrs. Esposito
Antoni Corone ... Green Beret Sergeant
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Storyline

Ex-Special Forces soldier Louis Stevens returns to Miami to find his former high school overrun by drugs and violence. A master of the Brazilian martial art, capoeira, Stevens pledges to straighten out a dozen of the school's worst students by teaching them this demanding and highly-disciplined fighting style. Slowly, his program begins to work, giving the students new hope and purpose. But the local drug lord, himself a martial arts expert, vows to stop Stevens' positive influence. Now Stevens must fight to save his own life, as well as the lives of his rebellious young students. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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The ultimate martial art.

Genres:

Action | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for gang violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | France

Language:

English | Portuguese

Release Date:

27 August 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Street Fighters See more »

Filming Locations:

Miami, Florida, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$3,273,588
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Mark Dacascos was born into martial arts, each of his parents renowned martial artists who created their own style (father, Al Dacascos-Won Hop Kuen Do; mother, Malia Bernal-Xiang Dai Kuen Kung Fu). He went on to star in the television version of "The Crow," a movie that started another born into martial arts: Brandon Lee, son of Jeet Kune Do founder Bruce Lee. See more »

Goofs

In the chop shop scene, when Louis and one of the bad guys are fighting with metal poles, the poles strike each other and then the sound follows a split second behind. See more »

Quotes

Louis Stevens: I've got major news for you. The world can be as big as you want it to be, or as small as your tiny little hood.
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Referenced in Beerfest (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Only the Strong (remix)
Performed by Marcel "ICB" Branch, Patrick "Dizon" McCain, and Donna Simon
Produced by The Baker Boys
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Guaranteed to leave you smiling
12 October 2001 | by Fox in SocksSee all my reviews

This is one of those films you can't help enjoying. It's light, fun, undemanding, and an absolute joy to watch. It might not be a gritty urban drama that deals sensitively with youth and alienation in high school, but then neither was "Heathers".

Cinema primarily exists to entertain, and "Only The Strong" does this in spades. Dacascos is the most graceful, watchable martial arts star since Brandon Lee, with an easy charisma that really comes across in a film like this and also the brilliant "Drive". The rest of the cast perform quite nicely as well. The plot and characterisation are admittedly 2-D, but what the hell, it's a 100% schmaltz-free feelgood movie.

Two of my friends actually took up Capoeira after watching this film. How's that for life-changing?


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