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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... See more »

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Louis Stevens
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Dianna
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Kerrigan
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Silverio
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Cochran
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Philippe (Jamaican Gang Leader) (as Jeffrey Anderson Gunter)
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Orlando
Roman Cardwell ...
Shay
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Donovan
Christian Klemash ...
Eddie
John Fionte ...
Cervantes
Joselito 'Amen' Santo ...
Javier
John Gregory Kasper ...
Coach Kasper
Phyllis Sukoff ...
Mrs. Esposito
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Green Beret Sergeant
Mellow Man Ace ...
Student Rapper
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Brazilian #1
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Brazilian #2
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Police Sergeant (as Jim Vickers)
Mark Salem ...
Cop #1
Joann Dukes ...
Newscaster
David Luther ...
School Security Guard
Adeniri S. Ajamu ...
Chief Ajamo
Alan Jordan ...
Chop Shop Foreman
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Welder
Tony De Leon ...
Mechanic #1 (as Tony DeLeoni)
Diego Pérez ...
Mechanic #2
Diane Fraind ...
Teacher #1
Henry Friand ...
Teacher #2
Salvador Levy ...
Cuban Coffee Drinker
Junior Biggs ...
Jamaican Dealer
Iseline Celestin ...
Haitian Woman
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Donovan's Mother
Steven G. Menkin ...
Doctor
Stuart S. Shapiro ...
John
Saudia Young ...
Hooker
Sergio Pereira ...
Silverio's Bodyguard #1
Michael F. Lagapa ...
Silverio's Bodyguard #2
Ricky Amador ...
Brazilian Gang
Robert D. Cortes ...
Brazilian Gang
Kevin J. Fernandez ...
Brazilian Gang
Fernando Hoyos ...
Brazilian Gang
Jorge A. Smith ...
Brazilian Gang
Steven Tarrago ...
Brazilian Gang
Tony Lima ...
Brazilian Gang (as Tony Delano)
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Brazilian Gang
Marq Withers ...
Philippe's Bodyguard #1
Dwight D. Woods ...
Jamaican Gang
Ernest Simmons ...
Jamaican Gang
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Capoeira Student
Ricky Do ...
Capoeira Student
Rigo Hernandez ...
Capoeira Student
Peter Kerwin ...
Capoeira Student
Jean Rony Norteius ...
Capoeira Student
Elvis St. Hilaire ...
Capoeira Student
Ricky Simon ...
Capoeira Student
Michael Kimling ...
Capoeira Student
César Carneiro ...
Brazilian Capoeira Performer
Claudio Carnerio ...
Brazilian Capoeira Performer
Paulo Silva ...
Brazilian Capoeira Performer
Djalma Peraira ...
Brazilian Capoeira Performer
Claudia Gutierrez ...
Brazilian Capoeira Performer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tyler Bowe ...
Gang Member (uncredited)
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Mechanic #1 (uncredited)
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Hooker (uncredited)
Alex Dominguez ...
Student (uncredited)
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Silverio's Bodyguard (uncredited)

Directed by

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Sheldon Lettich

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Sheldon Lettich ... (written by) &
Luis Esteban ... (written by)

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Samuel Hadida ... producer
Victor Hadida ... executive producer
Steven G. Menkin ... producer
Stuart S. Shapiro ... producer
Robert D. Simon ... associate producer

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Harvey W. Mason

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Edward J. Pei ... (as Edward Pei)

Film Editing by

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Donn Aron
Stephen Semel
Dennis Virkler

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Eric Bergman ... post-production assistant
Erin Michelle Hopkins ... assistant editor

Casting By

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James F. Tarzia

Production Design by

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J. Mark Harrington

Costume Design by

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Patricia Field

Makeup Department

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Isabel Harkins ... makeup artist / special makeup effects artist

Production Management

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Lou Fusaro ... unit production manager
Michael J. Harker ... post-production supervisor
Elayne Keratsis ... production supervisor
Jeff Stolow ... unit production manager

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Charles Castilla ... second unit director (as Charles Ruiz de Castilla)
Robert D. Simon ... first assistant director
John P. Tuttell ... second assistant director

Art Department

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Rodney Ascher ... storyboard artist
Michael J. Flynn ... set dresser
Charles Guanci Jr. ... prop master
James Harris ... general foreman

Sound Department

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Paul Ratajczak ... re-recording mixer / sound supervisor
Dennis Sager ... chief engineer / recording engineer
Peter Siciliano ... foley recordist

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John Patteson ... special effects technician

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Tom Bahr ... stunts
Chick Bernhard ... stunts (as Chick Bernhardt)
Juan Bofill ... stunts (as Juan C. Bofill)
Robert Bollinger ... stunts (as Rob Bollinger)
Joe Bucaro III ... stunts
Emanuel Camacho ... stunt performer
Tony De Leon ... stunts
Dennis Deveaugh ... stunts
Danny Downey ... stunts
Frank Dux ... stunts
Alex Edlin ... stunts
Angel Gonzalez ... stunts
Tony Delano Haltiwanger ... stunts
Joe Hess ... stunts
Alan Jordan ... stunts
Sergio Kato ... stunt performer
Mike Kirton ... stunts
Michael F. Lagapa ... stunts
Shane Le Mar ... stunts (as Shane Lemar)
Darryle Lipsky ... stunts
Francisco A. Loureda ... stunts
Artie Malesci ... stunt coordinator / stunts
Calasanz Martinez ... stunts (as Calazanz)
Jeff Moldovan ... stunts
Rico Paisley ... stunts (as Robert Paisley)
Sergio Pereira ... stunts
Diego Perez ... stunts
Cheyenne Rivera ... stunts
Ron Russell ... stunts
Felipe Savahge ... stunts / utility stunts
Eduardo Sánchez ... stunts
Jim Ramos Vickers ... stunts (as Jim Vickers)
Gerald Bunsen ... stunts (uncredited)
Andrew Scott Dixon ... utility stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Steven Betolatti ... electrician
Peter Leiss ... still photographer
Mitch Reeves ... grip (as James M. Reeves)
William Smaling ... gaffer

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Kristy Aitken Hernandez ... costume supervisor (uncredited)

Location Management

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Richard Borrego ... location coordinator

Additional Crew

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Josué D. Aguilar ... set production assistant (as Josue Aguilar)
Julianna Arenson ... production controller
Danny Downey ... assistant: Frank Dux
Frank Dux ... fight choreographer
Michael Feder ... production assistant
Todd Goddard ... assistant: Steven Menkin and Stuart Shapiro
John Guss ... set production assistant
Paco Christian Prieto ... assistant fight choreographer
Joselito 'Amen' Santo ... advisor: capoeira / trainer: Mark Dacascos
Harvey Sarner ... assistant accountant
Alison Troy ... production assistant

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Plot Summary

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. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Sólo el más fuerte (Spain)
  • Retroceder nunca, rendirse jamas 7 (Peru)
  • オンリー・ザ・ストロング (Japan, Japanese title)
  • Только сильнейшие (Russia)
  • Samo jaki (Serbia)
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  • 99 min
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Budget $6,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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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 final fight scene between Louis and Silverio, Louis' students are clapping and starting up the "Paranaue" chant when he is almost defeated. In several shots after it starts, the students are seen in the background among the fight circle, not clapping or chanting at all, yet it can still be heard. See more »
Movie Connections Referenced in Torrente, el brazo tonto de la ley (1998). See more »
Soundtracks Paranauê See more »
Quotes Louis Stevens: Can you turn that music... up?
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