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Best of the Best (1989)

PG-13 | | Action, Drama, Sport | 10 November 1989 (USA)
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A team from the United States is going to compete against Korea in a Tae Kwon Do tournament. The team consists of fighters from all over the country--can they overcome their rivalry and work together to win?

Director:

Robert Radler (as Bob Radler)

Writers:

Phillip Rhee (story), Paul Levine (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eric Roberts ... Alex Grady
Phillip Rhee ... Tommy Lee
James Earl Jones ... Frank Couzo
Sally Kirkland ... Catherine Wade
Chris Penn ... Travis Brickley (as Christopher Penn)
John Dye ... Virgil Keller
David Agresta David Agresta ... Sonny Grasso
Tom Everett ... Don Peterson
Louise Fletcher ... Mrs. Grady
John P. Ryan ... Jennings
Edan Gross ... Walter Grady
Simon Rhee ... Dae Han Park
Master Hee Il Cho Master Hee Il Cho ... Korean Coach
James Lew ... Sae Jin Kwon
Ken Nagayama Ken Nagayama ... Yung Kim
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Storyline

Team USA gets rid of personal ghosts while fighting Team Korea in Taekwondo championship. "Adversity overcome" formula with excellent fighting scenes. Written by Gene Gorokhovsky <geneg@kandasoft.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Only when the right people come together at the right moment for the right reasons, only then can they become... See more »


Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 November 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Best of the Best See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$990,000, 12 November 1989

Gross USA:

$1,700,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,700,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

MMA legend Chuck Liddell names Best of the Best as his favourite martial arts movie. See more »

Goofs

When you see a shot of the Koreans training in a temple there is a sign whose characters are clearly Chinese. (Korean characters do not look anything like Chinese ones.) See more »

Quotes

Travis Brickley: Well, tell me! Are you yellow?
Tommy Lee: Obviously!
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Followed by Best of the Best II (1993) See more »

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One of the best
27 December 2000 | by biwbiwSee all my reviews

This is one of the best films I have seen ever. Sure the acting is a bit cheesy, full of one liners and bad jokes, but something about this movie got me stuck to the screen every time I watch it. I am actually quite glad that they casted actors rather than serious martial artist experts (apart from the Rhee's and the Korean Team) to play the various roles in the film.

This is a good movie for both general film lovers and Martial Art film fans, the end fights are very impressive. Personally, I did not enjoy the sequels that came after this so I say stick to the best. Best of the Best I.


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