A team from the United States are going to compete in the world finals in karate. The team consists of fighters from all nations, can they overcome their rivalry and work together to win ? Starring: James Earl Jones (Acade... more »my AwardŽ Nominee 1970 The Great White Hope, Field of Dreams, Hunt for Red October), Eric Roberts (Academy AwardŽ Nominee 1985 Runaway Train), Chris Penn (The Funeral, True Romance, Reservoir Dogs), Sally Kirkland (Academy AwardŽ Nominee 1988 Anna).« less
Gretchen A. from YORK HAVEN, PA Reviewed on 8/26/2012...
My husband loves this movie, one of his favorites. Basic and pretty short, I like it too!
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Jewl W. (wallja99) from CORDOVA, TN Reviewed on 8/22/2009...
I love this movie, It is my very Favorite movie of all times.
If you enjoy a good show of competition and sportsmanship, I definitely absolutely recommend this one.
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Among the Best of the Best Martial Arts Movies
Martin Asiner | jersey city, nj United States | 01/05/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"You can usually determine the success of a film by the number of sequels it has spawned. In THE BEST OF THE BEST, the most recent count is four, but it is in only the first that the electricity that director Robert Radler focused becomes apparent. It is not the plot that marks this martial arts movie as several notches above its competition, nor is it just the well-choreographed fight scenes, although they are here pretty spectacular too. The key is that the cast blend well together so that the audience actually cares about their collective fates. Talent and earnestness in front of the camera make even the non-fight scenes linger in the mind. There are no single Hollywood stars who dominate, although James Earl Jones as the coach of a Korea-bound Karate team and Eric Roberts as his top fighter come close. The magic of the film is how each of these two stars bounce off each other in ways more personal and emotional than physical. Jones is your typical no-nonsense sports coach who, in order to preserve his integrity, is even willing to suspend his best fighter whom he deems as having broken one of the team's rules. There is a subplot of another Jones-coached fighter, well played by Korean martial arts star, Phillip Rhee, who must fight in a vicious tournament the very same man who killed his brother in the same tournament some years earlier. The first half of the movie is the talky part that centers on the conflict between Jones and Roberts. Sally Kirkland is wasted in a walk-on role as an eye candy inspirational coach who tells each fighter to ignore their pains by focusing only on 'a good place.' The second half brings the action squarely to the tournament where each American must tangle with his Korean counterpart. The matches are not only physical; they also represent an emotional and psychological battle that leaves the audience in the stadium and the audience watching the video wondering just who are the favorites. The conclusion is eminently satisifying, even if the final scene is drenched in sappy pathos. Still, THE BEST OF THE BEST is well-named for it makes you think about the tournament long after the stadium in Seoul has closed for the night."
Guy movie to the max!
Adrian Gonzalez | Miami,FL | 09/03/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"One inspirational movie that you'll never forget. A movie that never recieved the credit that it deserved.Watch it, true heart felt movie with great action."
What a great movie
Patrick McDonald | Green Bay, WI | 10/03/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"A movie like Best of the Best deserves alot more credit and box office than it got. The movie is well paced and very well acted but its the ending that makes it a great movie. Not many films realy capture the basic goodness of human beings but Best of the Best does. You can dismiss a movie like this as 80's fluff but all I can say is the ending moves me to tears every time and Im not ashamed to admit it at all."
The most unique of its kind
dominion_ruler | Carolina, USA | 09/03/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Forget the cheesiness, bad acting, and keep a bit of an open mind and Best of the Best is an amazing martial arts movie. Most martial arts movies we watch only for the fighting, but in Best of the Best you will actually begin paying more attention to the character relationships and the story itself. This movie actually has one of the best stories I have ever seen in a martial arts movie including one of the most surprising endings I have seen. As for the fights, they are good and the training scenes are as well, again, its more about the emotional aspect that is entertaining. The competition at the end of the movie, the U.S. karate team versus the Korean team, has the best fight scenes and lasts a good 20 minutes of the movie. Once again, its the emotion throughout the scenes that will captivate you the most.
In terms of fight scenes and action, this is not my favorite movie. In fact, Best of the Best 2 has much much cooler fights. But for a story that is original and actually has more meaning than the typicall martial arts movie, this is the Best of the Best."