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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.


Aaron Norris


Ron Swanson (story), Ron Swanson (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Chuck Norris ... McKenna
Terry Kiser ... Travis Thorne
Max Gail ... Sherrif Ramsey
Roscoe Lee Browne ... Clovis Madison
Trenton Knight Trenton Knight ... Justin Franklin
Megan Paul Megan Paul ... Austene Slaighter
Josh Wolford Josh Wolford ... Logan Anderson
Jordan Brower ... Brian Anderson
Michael Friedman Michael Friedman ... Lewis Burdette
William Sanderson ... Paul Carpio
Dennis Paladino Dennis Paladino ... Mark Lelert
John Dennis Johnston ... Williams
Elya Baskin ... Buster
Loretta Swit ... Shirley
Michael Beck ... 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) See more »

Also Known As:

Lords of Tanglewood See more »

Filming Locations:

Hood River, Oregon, USA See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Spoofed/Reviewed on season 7, episode 40 of the YouTube series "Nostalgia Critic" See more »


Lords of Tanglewood: [the Oath of Tanglewood Forest] "We ask you to leave it pure as found; We are to it forever bound."
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Alternate Versions

Cut by 31 secs to earn a 'PG' rating in the UK with edits to shots of McKenna instructing his young students how to deliver head kicks accurately. See more »


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I wish I could say this was good, but...
12 July 2004 | by Walking_TallSee all my reviews

I am proud to be one of Chuck's biggest fans. I have an autographed poster on my wall, I have seen every movie he ever made, and I consider "Walker, Texas Ranger" one of the greatest shows of all time. I will defend Chuck 'till I die, but even I cannot stress how obscenely horrible this movie was. It is an embarrassment on a great career. I will defend Chuck for "Bells of Innocence", I will stand by him for "Delta Force", and I will even take up for "Breaker, Breaker", but this movie is just awful.

To begin, the acting isn't bad, considering there were very few veteran actors on the scene. Chuck Norris and William Sanderson were great, but the rest of the cast didn't seem fit for their roles. The fight scenes were good, but that comes with any Norris movie.

Now, the bad. The story is ridiculous, for a movie anyway. The ending was terrible. The story might make for a good book, but it is just horrible as it plays on screen.

This is the one movie that I can't stand behind Chuck on. If you are looking for a classic Chuck Norris action movie, as I was when I rented this, look somewhere else. You will most likely be disappointed with this one

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