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Only the Strong (1993)

PG-13 | | Action, Drama | 27 August 1993 (USA)
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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Taglines:

The ultimate martial art.

Genres:

Action | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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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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

Capoeira was invented in the early 16th century by African slaves in Brazil. The dance moves were incorporated to disguise the fact that they were learning to fight. See more »

Goofs

Throughout the movie, Louis Stevens performs the capoeira "ginga" incorrectly: he keeps his arms low, never bringing them up fully to protect his face. See more »

Quotes

Silverio: This time I play for keeps.
Louis Stevens: And this time... I don't play.
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Referenced in Beerfest (2006) See more »

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Paranauê
Performed by Serapis Bey
Produced by Kao Rossman and Stuart Shapiro
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Well rounded movie perfect message for children to watch and learn from
4 February 2003 | by jimmiebreSee all my reviews

A young ex-military man returns to former high school to find it in moral shambles. He gets an idea to try to help out a few of the worst behaved students in the school from his former teacher and mentor. It was rough going to get them involved in the program especially since the criminal family members of the kids were reluctant to let them go. Fights over that ensue But in the end good over evil wins!!!!!!!! I loved it. Especially being a mother myself I loved the storyline!


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