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Forest Warrior (1996)

A shape-shifting mountain man and a group of children team up to protect an enchanted forest from evil lumberjacks.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
... McKenna
... Travis Thorne
... Sherrif Ramsey
... Clovis Madison
Trenton Knight ... Justin Franklin
Megan Paul ... Austene Slaighter
Josh Wolford ... Logan Anderson
... Brian Anderson
Michael Friedman ... Lewis Burdette
... Paul Carpio
Dennis Paladino ... Mark Lelert
... Williams
... Buster
... Shirley
... Arlen Slaighter


John McKenna is a spiritual being who is able to transform into bear, wolf or eagle. He lives in the forests of Tanglewood and has dedicated his life to protect them. One day a gang of evil lumberjacks led by Travis Thorne arrive Tanglewood to chop the forest down. McKenna cannot let this happen, and together with his new friends - Lords of the Tanglewood, a band of children who love to play in the forest - he battles against Thorne and his evil gang. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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A magical mountain. A mysterious legend. A story of courage against all odds. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for fight scenes and some mild language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

5 November 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Chuck Norris wants to put Himself in Hard Wood  »

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1.33 : 1
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Travis Thorne: The only magic I believe in is that of the almighty dollar.
McKenna: Meaning the only *dreams* you believe in are those you can buy.
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Should come as no surprise that it's terrible
27 August 2003 | by See all my reviews

Terry Kiser must REALLY be a good friend of Norris; not only did he guest-star several times on his "Walker" TV show, he agreed to be the villain in this terrible family movie. Actually, you can't really call it a "family" movie - it's strictly aimed at the juvenile set instead of having something for kids AND their parents. Correction - make that a particular juvenile set that has its classes in the basement of a school. The dopey tone and the extreme exaggeration of the heavies will even have five year-olds rolling their eyes.

Poor Chuck; looking at him in the movie, it's obvious that he's past his prime. Watching him in action during the (badly choreographed and edited) fights, it's obvious that 99% that it's a double doing the action - since you only see his face 1% of the time in these scenes! (This was also very evident in his TV series after the first few seasons.) Actually, it's hard to feel any sympathy to him when you consider that he actually isn't in that much of the movie. Also, he appears utterly bored in his scenes. Well, at least Norris for once is showing emotion.

It's no wonder that this never got a theatrical release. It's an embarrassment to everyone involved. That is, except for the underrated Roscoe Lee Brown. He enters and leaves the movie with his dignity intact, giving a conviction to everything he says. What a performer, to be able to survive this!

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