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The Instructor (1981)

R | | Action, Drama | July 1984 (USA)
Bendell's self-defense school is considered pretty good, but not in the league of the one run by his rival. One thing leads to another, and the two men find themselves, and their students, ... See full summary »


Don Bendell


Don Bendell




Credited cast:
Bob Chaney Bob Chaney ... The Instructor
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Don Bendell Don Bendell ... Thumper Rhodes
Steve Boergadine ... Al Butcher
Hank Gordon Hank Gordon
Bob Saal Bob Saal ... Bud
Lynday Scharnott Lynday Scharnott ... Dee
Bruce Wendell Bruce Wendell


Bendell's self-defense school is considered pretty good, but not in the league of the one run by his rival. One thing leads to another, and the two men find themselves, and their students, squaring off in a winner-take-all. Written by Ørnås

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Action | Drama


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Release Date:

July 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ohjaaja See more »

Filming Locations:

Colorado, USA See more »

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Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Don Bendell wrote the script originally in 1976. See more »


The stuntmen are clearly visible during the climatic chase and fight scene. See more »

Alternate Versions

When Shapiro Entertainment Corporation picked up the movie for its release, the company ordered director Don Bendell to shoot and insert a new opening to make the film more action-packed and give it more character development. The new opening consisted of Thumper and Bob Chaney's character jogging in the neighborhood and in a no-holds-barred fight with an over-aged street gang. Another sequence occurs at the same time when a group of neighborhood kids battle a seemingly normal guy disguised as a ninja. The ninja later shows up after the fight with the street gang and Chaney offers to let him join his karate school, much to Thumper's dismay. This new version is present on all video releases. See more »

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Really bad would be an understatement
4 January 2003 | by kolchak25See all my reviews

Wow, where do I start... there is a character called Thumper, the lead actor has hair that looks like it's a nasty wig made out of Fun Furr, many scenes go nowhere and have nothing to do with the movie, the only ninja is retarded, and all of the lead characters are middle aged, have gold chains, hairy chests, bad hair, and expensive sports cars - referred to by my friend as "impotence mobiles."

The movie is poorly written and acted, which is what usually happens when the same person directs, produces, writes, and stars in a low budget film. The movie appears to follow the standard good martial arts instructor vs. evil martial arts instructor. Some of the more ridiculous scenes are: 1) Thumper winning a martial arts tournament, though we questioned his ability to do this as he was knocked out cold by one punch from a biker earlier in the film; 2) during the same tournament, the officials/referees who score the match and can override other judges scores, are the instructors of the competitors - talk about conflict of interest; 3) the female black belt, who when confronted by 4 thugs, let's them get fresh with her, then flails helplessly before finally starting to defend herself. Geez...

While I don't think it's the worst movie ever, it's definitely got to be seen to be believed. There are some unintentionally funny scenes, and many things make no sense. So be forewarned, and watch at your own risk.

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