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      Kickboxer

      R Released Sep 8, 1989 1h 45m Action TRAILER for Kickboxer: Trailer 1 List Kickboxer: Trailer 1 Kickboxer: Trailer 1 2:10 View more videos
      36% Tomatometer 11 Reviews 64% Audience Score 50,000+ Ratings Eric Sloane (Dennis Alexio) is an American kickboxing pro, helped by his brother, Kurt (Jean-Claude Van Damme), in his quest for glory. But when the two go to Thailand to take on legendary Tong Po (Michel Qissi), the opponent viciously beats Eric and leaves him paralyzed. Swearing vengeance, Kurt tracks down master Xian Chow (Dennis Chan) and begins learning the sport himself while also getting caught up in criminal intrigue involving thuggish crime boss Freddy Li (Ka Ting Lee). Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Variety Staff Variety Combine Karate Kid and Rocky with a bit more blood and gore, dull direction and a smattering of inept actors and you have Kickboxer. Jan 11, 2018 Full Review Chris Willman Los Angeles Times This may not be the dumbest action picture of the year, but it's not for lack of trying. Jan 11, 2018 Full Review Geoff Andrew Time Out Don't see it for psychological complexity, social comment, acting, plot or humour; go, if you must, just for kicks. Feb 9, 2006 Full Review Mike Massie Gone With The Twins The final moments of the match are so poorly edited and ludicrous in structure that they contribute to unintentional, laugh-out-loud hilarity. Rated: 2/10 Sep 6, 2020 Full Review TV Guide Kickboxer deviates little from genre formula in its story of a peace-loving martial artist who is pushed too far and goes on a maniacal rampage in the last reel. Rated: 2/4 Jan 11, 2018 Full Review John Ferguson Radio Times The fight sequences are staged with such lan that it is easy to ignore the hackneyed script - Van Damme had a hand in that as well - and rather wooden performances. Rated: 3/5 Jan 11, 2018 Full Review Read all reviews

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      steve d It's not technically a 5 star movie but its combination of peak JCVD, impact on martial artists, quotable lines, cheesy 80s dance scene and spot in pop culture (along with Bloodsport) require a 5 star rating Rated 5 out of 5 stars 11/18/23 Full Review DanTheMan 2 I always felt that Kickboxer was chasing the success Cannon Films had with Bloodsport, but rewatching today reminded me of how wrong I was. It's very much a more violent retelling of The Karate Kid but with Van Damme learning the art of Muay Thai, mixed with elements of Rocky III and even Rambo. There's a certain amount of fun to be had with its premise, the movie not slouching one bit even during the drastic tone shifts encountered throughout. Directors David Worth and Mark DiSalle populate the movie with plenty of inventive angles and wide photography (that sunset shot is awe-inspiring) and when matched to Van Damme's fight choreography and over-emotive acting, the film delivers in the way only 80s movies can. The music by Paul Hertzog is reminiscent of what I've heard in the original Killer Instinct (I swear there's a riff in this movie that's sampled for the main theme of that game), but Paul delivers another great soundtrack once again back by the legendary vocals of Stan Bush. It's much calmer than his work on Bloodsport but equally evocative. Through the insurmountable plot implausibilities and inhuman amounts of comically exaggerated violence, Kickboxer will have you moving and grooving, like Van Damme's slut drops, all the way to its end. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 09/08/23 Full Review William D Great movie lots of fun to watch. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 08/23/23 Full Review william d Amazing movie. I would recommend this movie and the 5th from the series for anyone who loves martial arts movies. The 2nd-4th are no where near as good as the others. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 07/18/23 Full Review Miles G The film is 80's through and through. If you can look past the botched dialogue & cheesy action, there is a wealth of aesthetic, beautiful women & musical value triggering nostalgia for the era. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 07/18/23 Full Review Cameron L You couldn't get better atmosphere and fighting scenes in the streets of Siam Rated 5 out of 5 stars 06/18/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Movie Info

      Synopsis Eric Sloane (Dennis Alexio) is an American kickboxing pro, helped by his brother, Kurt (Jean-Claude Van Damme), in his quest for glory. But when the two go to Thailand to take on legendary Tong Po (Michel Qissi), the opponent viciously beats Eric and leaves him paralyzed. Swearing vengeance, Kurt tracks down master Xian Chow (Dennis Chan) and begins learning the sport himself while also getting caught up in criminal intrigue involving thuggish crime boss Freddy Li (Ka Ting Lee).
      Director
      Mark DiSalle, David Worth
      Producer
      Mark DiSalle
      Screenwriter
      Glenn A. Bruce
      Distributor
      Cannon Films
      Production Co
      Kings Road Entertainment
      Rating
      R
      Genre
      Action
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Sep 8, 1989, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jan 4, 2017
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $13.2M
      Runtime
      1h 45m
      Sound Mix
      Surround
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