Kickboxer (1989)

R | 97 mins | Drama | 8 September 1989

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HISTORY

A 2 Aug 1988 HR news brief stated principal photography was scheduled to begin 5 Sep 1988 in Hong Kong, China, and Bangkok, Thailand. However, a 1 Mar 1988 HR news item reported filming was underway at that time. The film’s budget was $4.8 million.
       A 3 Jan 1990 Var news item reported that a $2 million promotional advertising campaign helped generate a $15 million box office gross.
       The 11 May 1990 HR reported that director David Worth, through his company, David Worth Productions, filed suit against Cannon Pictures, Kings Road Entertainment Inc., Path Communications, Pyramid Entertainment and its president, Mark DiSalle, in Los Angeles Superior court. Worth alleged that DiSalle had agreed to pay him 2% if the film’s profits for directing, but he had not received any participation payments.
       A 17 Sep 1990 LAT news item reported the film’s distributor, King’s Road Entertainment Inc., sued Distant Horizon and Global Pictures in federal court claiming that their 1991 South African film, American Kickboxer, was intentionally designed to mislead the public into thinking it was the Kings Road picture.
       A third lawsuit was reported in a 25 Feb 1991 DV news brief, stating that Pyramid Entertainment filed suit in Los Angeles Superior court against Kings Road Entertainment for supposedly failing to properly account for revenues generated by home video distribution and overstating the film's production costs by $250,000. The outcome these lawsuits could not be determined.
       The following statement appears in end credits: “Goodbye to Bugs.” ... More Less

A 2 Aug 1988 HR news brief stated principal photography was scheduled to begin 5 Sep 1988 in Hong Kong, China, and Bangkok, Thailand. However, a 1 Mar 1988 HR news item reported filming was underway at that time. The film’s budget was $4.8 million.
       A 3 Jan 1990 Var news item reported that a $2 million promotional advertising campaign helped generate a $15 million box office gross.
       The 11 May 1990 HR reported that director David Worth, through his company, David Worth Productions, filed suit against Cannon Pictures, Kings Road Entertainment Inc., Path Communications, Pyramid Entertainment and its president, Mark DiSalle, in Los Angeles Superior court. Worth alleged that DiSalle had agreed to pay him 2% if the film’s profits for directing, but he had not received any participation payments.
       A 17 Sep 1990 LAT news item reported the film’s distributor, King’s Road Entertainment Inc., sued Distant Horizon and Global Pictures in federal court claiming that their 1991 South African film, American Kickboxer, was intentionally designed to mislead the public into thinking it was the Kings Road picture.
       A third lawsuit was reported in a 25 Feb 1991 DV news brief, stating that Pyramid Entertainment filed suit in Los Angeles Superior court against Kings Road Entertainment for supposedly failing to properly account for revenues generated by home video distribution and overstating the film's production costs by $250,000. The outcome these lawsuits could not be determined.
       The following statement appears in end credits: “Goodbye to Bugs.”
More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
25 Feb 1991.
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Hollywood Reporter
1 Mar 1988.
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Hollywood Reporter
2 Aug 1988.
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Hollywood Reporter
11 May 1990.
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Los Angeles Times
11 Sep 1989
p. 6.
Los Angeles Times
17 Sep 1990.
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Variety
30 Aug 1989
p. 28, 34.
Variety
3 Jan 1990.
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CAST
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
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PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
Kings Road Entertainment Presents
A Mark DiSalle Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Unit prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
3d asst dir
Prod mgr
Prod mgr, Thailand crew
1st asst dir, Thailand crew
2d asst dir, Thailand crew
3d asst dir, Thailand crew
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod - Far East
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
Cam op
Panaglide op
Panaglide op
Asst cam
Asst cam
Clapper loader
Clapper loader
Still photog
Key grip
Dolly grip
Best boy
Generator op
Crane op
Clapper loader, Thailand crew
Still photog, Thailand crew
Grip, Thailand crew
Grip, Thailand crew
Elec, Thailand crew
Elec, Thailand crew
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Art dir
Asst art dir
Art dir, Thailand crew
Asst art dir, Thailand crew
Asst art dec, Thailand crew
FILM EDITORS
Asst ed
Negative cutter
SET DECORATORS
Const coord
Set dresser
Prop master
Prop asst
Prop asst
Greens person
Swing gang, Thailand crew
Swing gang, Thailand crew
Prop master, Thailand crew
Prop asst, Thailand crew
Prop asst, Thailand crew
Stand by carpenter, Thailand crew
Stand by painter, Thailand crew
COSTUMES
Ward supv
Ward asst
Ward asst
Ward supv, Thailand crew
Ward asst, Thailand crew
MUSIC
Mus supv
Mus score eng
Asst music score eng
Music score rec at
Santa Ana, CA
SOUND
Sd mixer
Boom op
Supv sd ed
Dial ed
Dial ed
Dial ed
Sd eff ed
Foley ed
Asst sd ed
Asst sd ed
Asst sd ed
Foley artist
Foley artist
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
ADR/Foley mixer
ADR/Foley mixer
Transfer
Re-rec facilities
Stereo consultant
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
Spec eff, Thailand crew
Spec eff, Thailand crew
Spec eff, Thailand crew
Titles & opticals
MAKEUP
Makeup artist
Makeup artist
Makeup artist
Hairstylist
Hairstylist, Thailand crew
Makeup asst, Thailand crew
PRODUCTION MISC
Asst to prod
Prod coord
Prod secy
Prod accountant
Prod accountant
Scr supv
Loc mgr
Casting
Casting
Casting
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
First aid
Craft service
Craft service
Transportation coord
Loc asst ed
Loc asst ed
Loc mgr, Thailand crew
Prod coord, Thailand crew
Prod secy, Thailand crew
Cashier, Thailand crew
Casting dir, Thailand crew
Casting asst, Thailand crew
Prod asst, Thailand crew
Prod asst, Thailand crew
Transportation capt, Thailand crew
Asst transportation capt, Thailand crew
Driver, Thailand crew
Driver, Thailand crew
Driver, Thailand crew
First aid, Thailand crew
Craft service, Thailand crew
Craft service, Thailand crew
STAND INS
Fight scenes choreog and dir by
Stunt coord
COLOR PERSONNEL
Col by
SOURCES
SONGS
"The Streets of Siam," written by Paul Hertzog and Craig Copeland, performed by Stan Bush, produced by Paul Hertzog
"Fight For Love," written by Barry Keenan, performed by Stan Bush, produced by Barry Keenan and Paul Hertzog
"Feeling So Good Today," written and produced by Mike Piccirillo, performed by Beau Williams
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SONGS
"The Streets of Siam," written by Paul Hertzog and Craig Copeland, performed by Stan Bush, produced by Paul Hertzog
"Fight For Love," written by Barry Keenan, performed by Stan Bush, produced by Barry Keenan and Paul Hertzog
"Feeling So Good Today," written and produced by Mike Piccirillo, performed by Beau Williams
"How Do You Keep Me Comin' Back," written and produced by Mike Piccirillo, performed by Beau Williams
"Never Surrender," written by Lenny Macaluso, vocals by Stan Bush, produced by Eddie De Lena and David Malloy
"I Won't Stay," written by Dyna Brein, performed by Lucinda Ramseur, produced by Mike Piccirillo
"Roll With The Punches," written and produced by Mike Piccirillo, performed by Michael Logan
"Chack's Stew," written and produced by Mike Piccirillo, performed by Jam Box.
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DETAILS
Release Date:
8 September 1989
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles opening: 8 September 1989
Production Date:
began 5 September 1988
Physical Properties:
Sound
Recorded in Ultra-Stereo®
Color
Duration(in mins):
97
MPAA Rating:
R
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
29688
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

After winning the American Heavy Weight Kickboxing championship, Eric Sloane announces he is going to Bangkok, Taiwan, to take on the best in the sport. His brother and trainer, Kurt Sloane, corrects him that Bangkok is in Thailand. Eric laughs that it does not matter where it is, because he is the world’s greatest kickboxer. However, in Bangkok, Kurt sees Eric’s opponent, “Tiger” Tong Po, kicking a stone column until it cracks. He begs his brother not to fight, but Eric is confident he can win. Within thirty seconds of the bell, Po beats Eric bloody. Kurt has to help Eric to his corner when the bell rings, and Eric complains that Po is cheating with head butts and elbow hits. Kurt explains that such moves are legal in Thailand. Eric refuses to give in, but is beaten brutally by his opponent. Po kicks him in the chest sending him into the lap of Winston Taylor, an American spectator. Eric is put on a stretcher, carried outside, and left on the street. As Kurt attempts to get a taxi driver to take him to a hospital, Winston drives up in a van and offers the brothers a ride. At the hospital, Kurt learns that Eric is permanently paralyzed and cannot be moved for at least three months. Kurt wants to fight Po, but Winston stops him, explaining that a powerful crime syndicate protects Po, and the only way Kurt can avenge Eric’s beating is in the ring. Realizing he is not at Po’s level, Kurt finds the gym where Po trains and asks to be taught ... +


After winning the American Heavy Weight Kickboxing championship, Eric Sloane announces he is going to Bangkok, Taiwan, to take on the best in the sport. His brother and trainer, Kurt Sloane, corrects him that Bangkok is in Thailand. Eric laughs that it does not matter where it is, because he is the world’s greatest kickboxer. However, in Bangkok, Kurt sees Eric’s opponent, “Tiger” Tong Po, kicking a stone column until it cracks. He begs his brother not to fight, but Eric is confident he can win. Within thirty seconds of the bell, Po beats Eric bloody. Kurt has to help Eric to his corner when the bell rings, and Eric complains that Po is cheating with head butts and elbow hits. Kurt explains that such moves are legal in Thailand. Eric refuses to give in, but is beaten brutally by his opponent. Po kicks him in the chest sending him into the lap of Winston Taylor, an American spectator. Eric is put on a stretcher, carried outside, and left on the street. As Kurt attempts to get a taxi driver to take him to a hospital, Winston drives up in a van and offers the brothers a ride. At the hospital, Kurt learns that Eric is permanently paralyzed and cannot be moved for at least three months. Kurt wants to fight Po, but Winston stops him, explaining that a powerful crime syndicate protects Po, and the only way Kurt can avenge Eric’s beating is in the ring. Realizing he is not at Po’s level, Kurt finds the gym where Po trains and asks to be taught Thai kickboxing. However, the trainers dismiss him. Winston claims he knows someone who can help, but first drags Kurt on a tour of Bangkok’s strip clubs. WInston tells his story about being a soldier during the Vietnam War, which left him so angry he refused to return to the United States. Now, he is an arms dealer. When Kurt asks why he is helping him, Winston explains that he had a buddy in the Army who was like a brother to him. The man died in combat. The next day, Winston drops Kurt at a hut owned by Xian Chow. Chow initially refuses Kurt’s request to train him, but when he discovers that Po hurt Kurt’s brother, Chow sends Kurt to a nearby village for supplies, explaining that he will decide after he eats. In the village, Kurt meets Mylee, Chow’s niece, who tells him Chow does not train anyone these days. As Mylee reveals that Po runs their province for a criminal named Freddy Li, two of Li’s henchmen come into the store to collect “protection money.” Kurt beats both men with his kickboxing skills. Instead of thanking Kurt, Mylee berates him for damaging her store, crying that now Li will cause her trouble. Kurt returns to find Winston Taylor at Chow’s. When Chow agrees to train him, Winston tells Kurt he will regret this. For days, Chow has Kurt practice his breathing by running. Unsatisfied with Kurt’s speed, Chow ties a piece of steak around the man’s neck and releases his German Shepherd. Kurt runs faster. Mylee tries to talk Kurt out of fighting Po, but he refuses. She agrees to help within his training and they kiss. Kurt’s training becomes more rigorous when Chow uses pulleys and weights to stretch his muscles. One day Chow has him kick a palm tree. When Kurt asks to stop, Chow reminds him what Po did to Eric, and Kurt kicks the tree down. After weeks of training, Chow promises to take Kurt to a “special place,” a dive bar overlooking the river. Chow forces Kurt to drink the native brew, then tricks him into dancing with some of the local gang’s women. Chow tells their boyfriends that Kurt insisted the men’s mothers had sex with mules. Even drunk, Kurt meets their attack and defeats them. He wanders outside to find Chow arranging his first fight with Freddy Li. In Bangkok, Kurt easily defeats Li’s fighter as the crowd chants a slogan, which translates to “White Warrior.” That night, Kurt is walking in the forest when he sees Mylee picking flowers. He takes her in his arms and they make love. Days later, Eric arrives at Chow’s to congratulate Kurt, and begs him not to fight Po. Kurt insists he is now a better fighter than Eric ever was, and he will defeat Po. They are interrupted by a messenger carrying a challenge from Po to fight in the traditional way by having their hands dunked in resin and covered with broken glass. Meanwhile, Freddy Li goes to a warlord, Tao Liu, to borrow one million dollars to bet on Po. He assures Tao he has arranged to be victorious. Across town, two of Li’s henchmen kidnap Mylee and drag her to a warehouse where she is raped by Po. They release her and she runs back to Chow. While Kurt is off practicing, a gang of thugs attacks Chow’s home. Eric fights one off from his wheelchair, while another is taken down by Chow’s dog. However, there are too many attackers. After stabbing the dog, the men blackjack Eric and drag him into the jungle. Winston Taylor, Chow, Mylee, and Kurt discover the wounded dog. Realizing the dog is alive, Chow asks to be driven to the city. Mylee takes Winston aside and tells him about the rape. She explains she kept it from Kurt so his mind will be clear for the fight. She begs Winston to help find Eric, but he drives away. That night, in an ancient underground tomb, spectators gather for the fight. Kurt looks over to his side of the ring and realizes Chow is not there. The two fighters have rope wrapped around their hands, then their fists are dipped in resin and broken glass. As the fight proceeds, Chow makes his way to the warehouse where Li is holding Eric. He knocks out two guards, then drives their car into the building. Moments later, he finds himself surrounded. Winston arrives and rips the goons in half with a machine gun. At the match, Po tears up Kurt’s stomach, chest and leg with the broken glass. When the bell ends the round, Po tells him that he bleeds like Mylee. Kurt staggers to his stool and asks Mylee to tell him what happened. She can only cry. Kurt gets back in the ring as Winston and Chow carry Eric in. Eric leads the crowd in a chant for Kurt, giving the fighter a second wind. Kurt asks Mylee to cut the ropes off his hands, then beats the bigger man to a pulp and kicks him out of the ring. Po grabs a torch, but Kurt kicks it out of his hands and beats him unconscious. Li tries to sneak away, but Chow grabs him and tosses him to the warlord, as Kurt kisses Mylee and hugs Eric.

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