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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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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

Donovan says he ran Louis' cassette tape through a midi setup. A cassette tape is an isolated prerecorded audio track which cannot be modified through a midi setup, not the way Donovan is describing. See more »

Quotes

Louis Stevens: Do you mind?
Donovan: No
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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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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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