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Best of the Best 3: No Turning Back (1995)

A martial arts instructor comes to the defense of a schoolteacher who has taken a stand against a local white supremacist organization.

Director:

Phillip Rhee

Writers:

Barry Gray (screenplay), Deborah Scott (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Phillip Rhee ... Tommy Lee
Christopher McDonald ... Sheriff Jack Banning
Gina Gershon ... Margo Preston
Mark Rolston ... Donnie Hansen
Peter Simmons Peter Simmons ... Owen Tucker
Anzu Lawson ... Karen Banning (as Cristina Anzu Lawson)
Dee Wallace ... Georgia (as Dee Wallace-Stone)
Michael Bailey Smith ... Tiny
Justin Brentley Justin Brentley ... Luther Phelps Jr.
Andra R. Ward Andra R. Ward ... Rev. Luther Phelps Sr.
Barbara Boyd Barbara Boyd ... Isabel Jackson
Kitao Sakurai ... Justin Banning
Cole S. McKay ... Bo (as Cole McKay)
Steve Hulin Steve Hulin ... Tre
Jack C. Thomas Jack C. Thomas ... Mr. Morgan
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Storyline

A martial arts instructor comes to the defense of a schoolteacher who has taken a stand against a local white supremacist organization.

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for shootings and martial arts violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 May 1995 (Philippines) See more »

Also Known As:

No Turning Back See more »

Filming Locations:

Bedford, Indiana, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

The Movie Group See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Eric Roberts was offered a chance to reprise his role as Alex Grady but decided to appear in The Nature of the Beast (1995) instead. Roberts felt that appearing in the film would undermine Tommy Lee's story. See more »

Goofs

Tommy's coffee cup is full when he walks out the door of the restaurant, but empty when shown exiting from outside. See more »

Quotes

Tommy Lee: Just remember your blood is as red as mine!
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The 15-rated UK release of this film was cut by 44 seconds by the BBFC with edits to the scene where Margo is assaulted and her clothes cut with a knife. See more »

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You've tried the rest, now have the best of the best.... three!
5 January 2008 | by inquisitor_milkSee all my reviews

Best of the best 3: No Turning Back is a movie with a strong social and political message. Our hero Tommy Lee, as portrayed by Phillip Rhee, encounters and overcomes a myriad set of common problems in the deep south. From strange cuisine to white power groups who value an idea of might makes right. I'd like to digress here to applaud Mr. Rhee, not only did he star as Tommy Lee but also directed and produced. It can been seen that Mr. Lee applied his own experiences as a minority in America to his magnum opus.

Strong political message aside, the inner workings of the film, the basic craft if you will is on point throughout. From inspired lighting and set design to insightful scene transitions, a spinning chain gun into a spinning plastic flower. We can see a juxtaposition of spinning things one on the side of whimsy the other cold raw steel crafted for killing.

Every one understands that no thing, be it movie or sandwich, can be perfect. Thus I must concede that Best of the Best 3: Cool Runnings does have its faults. One half hour is spent before a showcase of Mr. Rhee's fistic acumen. In fact Lee, Rhee's character, seems to have no real competition in the film. Nearly every skinhead he fights falls with little effort, this is strange due to the basic toughness and fighting skill attributed to the skinhead stereotype. Particularly with the basic para military training they are given.

As the plot reaches its climax, beginning with a dirt bike chase no less, and ramps up to a full on assault. We learn here that Lee can outrun an explosion. In a dizzying display of action and full on violence Tommy and his partner, the local sheriff and his bother in law, take out the skin head compound. Of course in the end Tommy proves he is indeed the best of the best. Then again this really never became an issue in the movie.

All in all Best of the Best 3: the lion the witch and the wardrobe does a fine job of telling a complex story in simple terms that can be appreciated by young and old alike. 4 giant clown shoe beat downs out of a possible 10.


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