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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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There is no other way.

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (CFI)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The shooting of the opening party scene was shut down when neighbors complained about the lights and it was realized the permits for shooting in Phoenix did not cover the town of Paradise Valley (where the house was located). 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

Asst. Principal Kowalski: [Ken's first day at school] Ah, you're the new kid, huh?
Ken Marx: Uh, yeah.
Asst. Principal Kowalski: You got a name?
Ken Marx: Ken.
Asst. Principal Kowalski: Ken what?
Ken Marx: Marx.
Asst. Principal Kowalski: Marx, I'm Mr. Kowalski, Vice Principal. You got a problem you come see me. You know how to read?
Ken Marx: Uh, yes, sir.
Asst. Principal Kowalski: Ah, that's refreshing. Listen, let me lay down a few campus rules for you. No smoking, no profanity, no graffiti. No fighting, no weapons, and no sex. You like sex? Ah, never mind. On campus keep it in your pants. Listen, you stick to these rules, I'll stay out of your face. You don't...
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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 »

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Written by Tracy Swider, Dana Freebairn, Adam Shore, Todd Lane
Published by Captin Swidey Music (ASCAP) Freebairn
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Absolute Brilliance
24 October 2004 | by cursive_iz_kingSee all my reviews

Dear God, thank you for this little piece of brilliance! This is a terrible film, but it works for some reason. A few observances:

1.) Apparently 40 year olds have to attend high school now. 2.) Have you ever seen that many people get their asses handed to them at school? 3.) I guess this actually is plausible, because the creepy principal is always too busy smoking confiscated cigarettes and hitting on the oh so sexy sex education teacher. "I hope we can work together sometime." coy smile. Brilliance. 4.) Ben Stiller's wife is the "love interest". If I ever meet him or her, I'm going to have to ask about some memories from the making of this little gem. 5.) The writers knew that everyone was going to call it a Karate Kid rip off, so they slip in the reference to wax on/wax off when the kid is cleaning the bathroom. This still feels like a second rate karate kid. 6.) Villain - "You know where the door is. Leave through it." Isn't this a little redundant? Couldn't he have just gotten away with the first part? 7.) The bad kid (cough) looks a hell of a lot like Dr. Cox from scrubs. That's actually what prompted this little rant, I wanted to see if it was his kid. 8.)Billy Blank's Haircut should've won best supporting actor. 9.) This club where the people fight for money... Do they serve beer there? Is there a place like this in my town? I'm there in a minute.

Truly entertaining film. Waiting on the director's cut DVD. Watch it, live it, enjoy it.


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