Kill or Be Killed (1980)

PG | 93 mins | Drama | 30 January 1980

Director:

Ivan Hall

Producer:

Ben Vlok

Cinematographer:

Manie Bothe

Editor:

Brian Varaday

Production Designer:

Jimmy Kennedy

Production Company:

Kavalier Film Productions
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HISTORY

The Summary for this unviewed film was based on 21 May 1980 reviews in the LAT and Var. Therefore, the credits are incomplete and may not reflect what is listed onscreen.
       According to an item in the 23 Jul 1980 Var, Kill or Be Killed was advertised as a “Hollywood” movie, but was filmed in South Africa in 1977. The 2 Oct 1979 DV announced that Film Ventures International acquired distribution for the film and planned a Feb 1980 release. The 8 Nov 1979 HR reported that Film Ventures International would release Kill or Be Killed on 2 May 1980.
       The 11 Feb 1980 HR stated that Kill or Be Killed premiered 30 Jan 1980 in eight theaters in Las Vegas, NV, and Hawaii, and grossed $103,491 by 5 Feb 1980. An item in the 19 Mar 1980 HR reported the film’s first three days of release at seventy New York City theaters grossed $603,071 at the box-office. On 23 May 1980, HR noted Kill or Be Killed was released in seventy-five Southern California theaters and its weekend gross was $503,298. According to the 25 Nov 1980 HR, Kill or Be Killed was released as part of a double bill with Breaker, Breaker (1977, see entry), starring Chuck Norris. The two films were shown together in a “conjunctive release” at theaters in Los Angeles, CA, New York City, Honolulu, HI, Detroit, MI, San Antonio, TX, Las Vegas, NV, Tucson, AZ, Kansas ... More Less

The Summary for this unviewed film was based on 21 May 1980 reviews in the LAT and Var. Therefore, the credits are incomplete and may not reflect what is listed onscreen.
       According to an item in the 23 Jul 1980 Var, Kill or Be Killed was advertised as a “Hollywood” movie, but was filmed in South Africa in 1977. The 2 Oct 1979 DV announced that Film Ventures International acquired distribution for the film and planned a Feb 1980 release. The 8 Nov 1979 HR reported that Film Ventures International would release Kill or Be Killed on 2 May 1980.
       The 11 Feb 1980 HR stated that Kill or Be Killed premiered 30 Jan 1980 in eight theaters in Las Vegas, NV, and Hawaii, and grossed $103,491 by 5 Feb 1980. An item in the 19 Mar 1980 HR reported the film’s first three days of release at seventy New York City theaters grossed $603,071 at the box-office. On 23 May 1980, HR noted Kill or Be Killed was released in seventy-five Southern California theaters and its weekend gross was $503,298. According to the 25 Nov 1980 HR, Kill or Be Killed was released as part of a double bill with Breaker, Breaker (1977, see entry), starring Chuck Norris. The two films were shown together in a “conjunctive release” at theaters in Los Angeles, CA, New York City, Honolulu, HI, Detroit, MI, San Antonio, TX, Las Vegas, NV, Tucson, AZ, Kansas City, MO, St. Louis, MO, Seattle, WA, and Milwaukee, WI, and grossed $1,820,556 in the first six weeks of release.
       The 14 Feb 1980 HR announced that Kill or Be Killed had grossed more than $30 million, and Ed Montoro, president of Film Ventures International, planned a sequel. The 9 Jul 1980 HR noted that Film Ventures International planned four sequels to Kill or Be Killed and had signed star James Ryan for the films. Kill and Kill Again (1981, see entry) began principal photography 16 Jun 1980, and opened in New York City on 8 May 1981. The 12 Aug 1980 HR noted the third film in the series would be titled Kill or Be Killed III, and the 8 Mar 1981 Var reported that principal photography was scheduled to begin Dec 1981, but the third film has not been produced as of Jul 2014.
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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
LOCATION
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
2 Oct 1979.
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Hollywood Reporter
8 Nov 1979.
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Hollywood Reporter
11 Feb 1980.
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Hollywood Reporter
14 Feb 1980.
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Hollywood Reporter
19 Mar 1980.
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Hollywood Reporter
23 May 1980.
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Hollywood Reporter
9 Jul 1980.
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Hollywood Reporter
12 Aug 1980.
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Hollywood Reporter
25 Nov 1980.
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Hollywood Reporter
7 Jul 1982
p. 17.
Los Angeles Times
21 May 1980
p. 7.
Variety
21 May 1980
p. 16.
Variety
23 Jul 1980.
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Variety
8 Mar 1981.
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CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Dir
Prod mgr
PRODUCER
Prod
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Art dir
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
COSTUMES
Matushi Brand karate suit supplied by
SOUND
Prod sd mixer
Prod sd mixer
Prod sd mixer
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
PRODUCTION MISC
Loc mgr
Liaison
STAND INS
Spec karate seqs
Spec karate seqs
Karate seqs staged by
Stunts
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Karate Olympia
Release Date:
30 January 1980
Premiere Information:
Hawaii and Los Vegas, NV, opening: 30 January 1980
Los Angeles opening: 16 May 1980
Production Date:
1977 in South Africa
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Duration(in mins):
93
MPAA Rating:
PG
Countries:
South Africa, United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

During World War II, Adolf Hitler banished Von Rudloff from the Third Reich when the Nazi general’s martial arts team lost to a Japanese team coached by Miyagi. Decades later, Von Rudloff seeks revenge, and uses a rare diamond as incentive to lure his Japanese foe to a South African compound for a rematch tournament, featuring top karate champions from around the world. Steve, a world-class martial artist, is among the athletes assembled. During the brutal competition, Steve falls in love with Olga, a fellow karate expert, but Steve is forced to battle every participant, including ... +


During World War II, Adolf Hitler banished Von Rudloff from the Third Reich when the Nazi general’s martial arts team lost to a Japanese team coached by Miyagi. Decades later, Von Rudloff seeks revenge, and uses a rare diamond as incentive to lure his Japanese foe to a South African compound for a rematch tournament, featuring top karate champions from around the world. Steve, a world-class martial artist, is among the athletes assembled. During the brutal competition, Steve falls in love with Olga, a fellow karate expert, but Steve is forced to battle every participant, including Olga. +

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Offscreen Credit
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AFI Life Achievement Award

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