Best of the Best

November 10th, 1989


Best of the Best

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Still of Sally Kirkland and Eric Roberts in Best of the Best

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?

Release Year: 1989

Rating: 5.8/10 (5,363 voted)

Director: Robert Radler

Stars: Eric Roberts, James Earl Jones, Sally Kirkland

Team USA gets rid of personal ghosts while fighting Team Korea in Taekwondo championship. "Adversity overcome" formula with excellent fighting scenes.

Writers: Phillip Rhee, Paul Levine

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 - 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 - Korean Coach
James Lew - Sae Jin Kwon
Ken Nagayama - Yung Kim

Taglines: There's a kind of inner strength you never know you have...until it's ALL you have.

Release Date: 10 November 1989

Filming Locations: Los Angeles, California, USA

Opening Weekend: DEM 76,480 (West Germany) (4 July 1989) (33 Screens)

Gross: $1,700,000 (USA) (18 November 1989)

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Did You Know?

The character Walter Grady is named after the father of Eric Roberts: Walter Grady Roberts.

Continuity: During the match between Alex and Sae Jin Kwon, when both teams rush to the stage, Dae Han when he jumps on the stage in wearing sneakers. When Dae Han runs to break up Alex and Kwon, Dae Han is wearing Shin Instep guards instead of the sneakers.

Travis Brickley: You shouldn't block with your face.

User Review

The Best is the Best

Rating: 8/10

I'm not sure why I liked this movie so much. The plot is just another Rocky derivative and the dialogue rather pedestrian. However, it does have James Earl Jones which is always a plus. Despite the cliché story I still actually cried at the end. I was moved. I felt for these characters, their struggle and their triumph. This movie is a good guilty pleasure. It shouldn't be as enjoyable as it is. Here's to the emotional power of cheese.


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