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Showdown (1993)

PG-13 | | Action | 17 September 1993 (USA)
Ken has just moved from Kansas with his mother. He talks to a girl named Julie, not knowing that her boyfriend Tom is very possessive of her. Tom is learning karate from Lee, a sensei whose... See full summary »

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Robert Radler

Writer:

Stuart Gibbs
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Billy Blanks ... Billy Grant
Kenn Scott Kenn Scott ... Ken Marx
Christine Taylor ... Julie
John Asher ... Mike (as John Mallory Asher)
Patrick Kilpatrick ... Lee
Linda Dona ... Kate
Ken McLeod Ken McLeod ... Tom
Michael Cavalieri ... Rob (as Michael Cavaleri)
Seidy Lopez ... Gina
Brion James ... Vice Principal Kowalski
Mike Genovese ... Officer Spinelli (as Michael Genovese)
Nicholas Hill Nicholas Hill ... James
James Lew ... Hit Man
Ray Gamboa Ray Gamboa ... Thug
Debbie Bartelt Debbie Bartelt ... Shirley
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Storyline

Ken has just moved from Kansas with his mother. He talks to a girl named Julie, not knowing that her boyfriend Tom is very possessive of her. Tom is learning karate from Lee, a sensei whose brother was killed by a rookie cop named Billy. Billy has since then become the janitor of the school that Ken, Julie and Tom go to. When Ken gets beaten up by Tom for talking to Julie again, Billy helps Ken by teaching him how to defend himself, which eventually leads to a battle between student vs. student, and sensei vs. sensei. Written by <JoshForman@aol.com>

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Taglines:

There is no other way.

Genres:

Action

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 September 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Full Contact See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (CFI)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

During the climax, Lee pulls his belt on Billy where it was used as a whip - a brutal scene like this is unlikely to be filmed in 2016 (unless a film is period specific e.g. Django Unchained) since the belt used as a whip on an African American is connotated with slavery, racism, racial prejudice (especially in the Southern United States) and child abuse (especially with viral child abuse videos (usually from African American parents) uploaded to the controversial website WorldStarHipHop.com where video footage of such action have led to criminal charges filed against those who film it) - a depiction of this brutal scene would be considered as a symbol of racial bigotry (besides the hangman's noose and the Confederate Battle Flag (especially in the wake of the June 17, 2015 Charleston, South Carolina church shootings). See more »

Goofs

When "Ken" is describing where he previously lived, he pronounces "Salina, KS" with a long 'e' sound, which is how it is pronounced when describing "Salinas, CA". In KS, it's pronounced with a long 'i' sound. See more »

Quotes

Lee: [to Tom] Fail me, and you'll be lucky if I decide to let you live.
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Alternate Versions

Available in both PG-13 and R rated versions. The R rated version contains more violence and some bloodshed. See more »

Connections

References The Karate Kid (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

TRASH KING
Recorded by D.F.M.
Written by Tracy Swider, Dana Freebairn, Adam Shore, Todd Lane
Published by Captin Swidey Music (ASCAP) Freebairn
Music (ASCAP) Shore Is Music (ASCAP) Ybsober Music (ASCAP)
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Draw the line
6 June 2007 | by AlwehrSee all my reviews

I have to agree with most of the comments in here.

This movie IS cheesy, bad, cliché and VERY Karate Kid'ish.

That being said, i've had this film on my shelves since 1996 and might have watched it more than 10 times. So it must contain SOMETHING watchable, to the point of good, in it.

Well, i guess every critics has got something different out of it. And that's a quality right there. even though it's a rather bad movie, it still may manage to reach something inside of you.

For being a big Billy Blanks fan and a HUGE martial arts fan, there was disappointingly less fights and even less good choreography. But still i've been seeing it again and again. Why? To be totally blunt. The story is entertaining from beginning to end and the most characters are actually likable. And the characters who aren't are actually quite good (Especially Ken McLeod as the asshole boyfriend Tom is terrific).

But the thing about'"Showdown" that i'm most fond of, is the soundtrack/training song "Draw the line". I just can't get tired of that song and it's been driving me insane that it's impossible to find either the band that has performed it or the soundtrack anywhere!!! :o(

Can anyone help?


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