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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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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


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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There is no other way.




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Release Date:

17 September 1993 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo


Color (CFI)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


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 »


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

The UK video was cut by 6 secs to remove all footage of butterfly knives. The Prism DVD features the same cut print. See more »


Referenced in Mic Macs à Tire-Larigot (2009) See more »


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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Where have I seen this before?
26 February 2002 | by ikari135See all my reviews

Well, everyone else did a great job of summarizing Showdown but I had to add my two cents!

I for one thought it was a pretty good movie that could have been alot better if it weren't for the $10 budget and the obvious storyline theft from a 1984 classic! I recently recorded it off of the TBS Superstation (and I know I am probably missing a bit of it) but from what I saw, I couldn't stop crying from laughing. I don't care what anyone says, Billy Blanks is the man! Anyone who thinks otherwise, is just mad because the dude is making a fortune off of Tae Bo! Although he has not much of an actor (like Steven Segal), he is a great martial artist and kicks rear with the best of them! He has been in some pretty bad movies but always entertains with his skill. But I don't know why he decided to play, Billy, the Janitor. He could of at least used a different name like Bobby, the Custodian or something.

I couldn't help rooting for the good guy, Ken Marks. (played by Kenn Scott and I don't know what it is with people using their real names in movies) I don't know whether I was having Karate Kid flashbacks or what, but I liked the guy's performance (although he had better moves as a Ninja Turtle). However, if I were him, I would have left Julie (Christine Taylor) and her Marsha Brady playin behind alone. I mean especially since she had that crazy boyfriend Tom (Ken McCloud). Although he kept going up to her, I found myself saying, "He must really want to get his butt kicked!" after awhile.

Enter the "Token Nerd" Mike (played by John Mallory Asher)! In a "Weird Science" sort of way, he adds some funny sarcasm to the mix with his "I told you so" but "Please hang out with me" attitude. Lee (played by Patrick Kilpatrick) should have had more lines or better ones. One thing I don't understand is how he went from sounding like a whining Al Bundy (remember the line "You killed my brother pig!") in the beginning of the movie, to the soft/loud spoken master of martial arts.

He is a great actor and was good in "Death Warrant" as the psycho. Yeah I know both guys needed their own respective nemesis but he was as unbelievable as the ones who played Tom's friends, Rob (Michael Cavalieri) and Gina (Seidy Lopez) but I guess it's Different Strokes for Different Folks. As soon as Ken starts training with Billy, I could not believe the timing or the fact that they even made reference to the idea that they stole from the Karate Kid. When Billy made Ken clean the toilets and Ken was like "I get it! So it's like Wax On, Wax Off!" I almost fell out. I was thinking that right before he said it and when Billy added his "No, this is Toilet Cleaning!" line, I was like this was so wrong.

By the way, what was up with the guy Tom's hair in the fight at the end of the movie. He looked like he stuck his finger in an outlet. Anyway, this whole movie was worthy of being shown at 3:00am when I saw it but it was a riot and I can still watch it over and over again!

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