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Hot Potato

PG 1976 1h 27m Action Adventure Comedy List
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A karate expert (Jim Kelly) and two cohorts must save a senator's kidnapped daughter. Read More Read Less

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delysid d Weird and Bizarre old piece of Crap Rated 3 out of 5 stars 11/26/18 Full Review Audience Member A Thai warlord (Sam Hiona), looking to prevent American foreign aid from hobbling his dictatorial influence, has kidnapped the daughter of an influential senator. To rescue her, the top brass send in a karate commando (Jim Kelly), his two mercenary buddies (George Memmoli & Geoffrey Binney), and a local navigator/martial arts master (Irene Tsu). Hot Potato has lots of slapsticky fight scenes and writer/director Oscar Williams makes ample use of Thailand's beautiful landscapes in his location shoots, but this movie suffers from awkward sound editing and pacing issues. Its main problem, however, is that the movie's many attempts at "humor" come off as tired, labored, draggy, and obnoxious (George Memmoli's Rhino character gets especially grating after a while). I can definitely see how Hot Potato could've wound up as enjoyable as some of Jim Kelly's other martial arts films, but only the most generous fans of grindhouse cheese will be able to overlook the faults in this movie. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/05/23 Full Review Audience Member Doesn't hurt that my closest friend was nominated for a Soundtrack Academy Award for this. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/22/23 Full Review Audience Member Ridiculous, but enjoyable. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/16/23 Full Review Audience Member (***): [img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon14.gif[/img] A fun, cheesy flick. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/18/23 Full Review Audience Member I have to agree with all of the bad hype surrounding this turd and give it the lowest rating possible. Like most people who have seen this lately, it came on a Warner Bros. 4 Pack action DVD set with some blaxploitation classics like Black Samson and Three the Hard Way. However, this is NOT blaxploitation. It barely even registers as a martial arts film. Everything about it is hokey, cheesy, sub-par, ridiculous, offensive, absurd, and overall, non-entertainment. The half star that I give is only for the fact that I like Jim Kelly and I love Enter the Dragon (he had one of the best lines in the whole film). Avoid this if you can. Believe me, you're not missing out on anything. This is roundly considered to be the worst martial arts film ever made and I can certainly agree with that. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 01/26/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis A karate expert (Jim Kelly) and two cohorts must save a senator's kidnapped daughter.
Director
Oscar Williams
Producer
Fred Weintraub, Paul M. Heller
Screenwriter
Oscar Williams
Rating
PG
Genre
Action, Adventure, Comedy
Original Language
English
Release Date (DVD)
Jan 12, 2010
Runtime
1h 27m