No Holds Barred (1989)

PG-13 | 91 mins | Comedy | 2 June 1989

Director:

Thomas J. Wright

Writer:

Dennis Hackin

Producer:

Michael Rachmil

Cinematographer:

Frank Beascoechea

Editor:

Tom Pryor

Production Designer:

James Shanahan

Production Company:

Shane Productions
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HISTORY

       An 8 Jun 1988 Var news item stated reported that principal photography began 6 Jun 1988 in Atlanta GA. A 24 Jun 1988 HR news brief stated that shooting was scheduled to last two months.
       A 23 Mar 1989 Hollywood Drama-Logue news brief reported that No Holds Barred was the first theatrical film fully financed and produced by Shane Productions, a division of World Wrestling Federation. It also stated this was actor Hulk Hogan’s first feature film starring role.
       An 8 Mar 1989 Var news item announced that New Line Cinema acquired all domestic distribution rights, and that the film’s budget was $10 million.
       An article in 16-22 Jun 1989 Village View reported that the film grossed $5 million on its opening weekend.

      Opening credits list Tom "Tiny" Lister, while end credits note the actor's name is Tom "Tiny" Lister, ... More Less

       An 8 Jun 1988 Var news item stated reported that principal photography began 6 Jun 1988 in Atlanta GA. A 24 Jun 1988 HR news brief stated that shooting was scheduled to last two months.
       A 23 Mar 1989 Hollywood Drama-Logue news brief reported that No Holds Barred was the first theatrical film fully financed and produced by Shane Productions, a division of World Wrestling Federation. It also stated this was actor Hulk Hogan’s first feature film starring role.
       An 8 Mar 1989 Var news item announced that New Line Cinema acquired all domestic distribution rights, and that the film’s budget was $10 million.
       An article in 16-22 Jun 1989 Village View reported that the film grossed $5 million on its opening weekend.

      Opening credits list Tom "Tiny" Lister, while end credits note the actor's name is Tom "Tiny" Lister, Jr.
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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Hollywood Drama-Logue
23 Mar 1989.
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Hollywood Reporter
13 Jun 1989
p. 4, 59.
Hollywood Reporter
24 Jun 1988.
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Los Angeles Times
5 Jun 1989
p. 3.
New York Times
3 Jun 1989
p. 12.
Variety
8 Jun 1988.
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Variety
8 Mar 1989.
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Variety
24 May 1989
p. 32.
Village View
16-22 Jun 1989.
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CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
2d 2d asst dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
Co-exec prod
Exec prod
Exec prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
1st asst cam
2d asst cam
Chief lighting tech
Best boy elec
Key grip
Best boy grip
Dolly grip
Still photog
Video coord
Video cam op
Video playback op
Video playback op
ART DIRECTOR
Prod des
FILM EDITORS
Addl ed by
Negative cutter
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Head set dresser
Props
Const coord
COSTUMES
Cost des
Asst cost des
Hulk Hogan ward des by
MUSIC
Mus ed
Addl mus by
Cond and orch
SOUND
Sd mixer
Boom op
Supv sd ed
Supv sd ed
ADR supv
ADR ed
Dial ed
Dial ed
Dial ed
Dial ed
Dial ed
Dial ed
Sd eff ed
Sd eff ed
Foley ed
Foley ed
Foley mixer
Foley artist
Foley artist
Foley artist
Foley artist
Re-rec by
Re-rec by
Re-rec by
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
Titles and opticals
MAKEUP
Makeup
Hairstylist
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting
Prod coord
Prod coord, Topeka, Kansas
Scr supv
Loc mgr
Asst to Mr. Wright
Shane Productions' asst
Shane Productions' asst
Shane Productions' asst
Casting assoc, Los Angeles
Casting, Atlanta
Transportation capt
Transportation coord
Auditor
Asst auditor
Prod asst
Prod asst
Post prod supv
Post prod supv
STAND INS
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt coord
COLOR PERSONNEL
Col timer
Col by
SOURCES
SONGS
"Hey Punkin' Head'," written by Terry Adams, performed by NRBQ, courtesy of Virgin Records America, Inc.
"Chocolate Orange," written by Terry Adams, performed by NRBQ, courtesy of Virgin Records America, Inc.
"Going To A Party," written by Al Anderson, performed by NRBQ, courtesy of Virgin Records America, Inc.
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SONGS
"Hey Punkin' Head'," written by Terry Adams, performed by NRBQ, courtesy of Virgin Records America, Inc.
"Chocolate Orange," written by Terry Adams, performed by NRBQ, courtesy of Virgin Records America, Inc.
"Going To A Party," written by Al Anderson, performed by NRBQ, courtesy of Virgin Records America, Inc.
"All My Rowdy Friends," [written by Hank Williams Jr.,] performed by Hank Williams, Jr., courtesy of Curb Records/Warner Bros. Records, Inc., by arrangement with Warner Special Products
"Criminal Mind," written and performed by Danny Wilde, courtesy of Island Records, Inc.
"No Holds Barred," written by Jim Johnston, performed by John Joyce.
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DETAILS
Release Date:
2 June 1989
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles and New York openings: 2 June 1989
Production Date:
6 June--early August 1988.
Physical Properties:
Sound
Dolby Stereo in selected theatres
Color
Lenses
Lenses and Panaflex® Camera by Panavision®
Duration(in mins):
91
MPAA Rating:
PG-13
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
29766
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Rip, the World Wrestling Federation champion, and his brother, Randy, walk through a crowd of adoring fans to enter the ring. The match begins with Rip’s opponent getting him into a “sleeper hold.” As Rip fights to remain conscious, Brell, the chairman of World Television network (WTN), watches the match on television and cheers for Rip to pass out. However, Rip breaks the hold and wins the match. The next day, Rip is driven to WTN headquarters in a limousine to meet with Brell and his two assistants, Ordway and Unger. Although Brell offers Rip a blank check to break his contract with the other network, Rip refuses. Brell explodes and calls him a “jock-ass.” Rip shoves the check into Brell’s mouth and leaves. Back in the limousine, Rip realizes the driver missed his house and orders him to turn around. Instead, the driver triggers a partition, trapping Rip in the back seat. Infuriated, Rip kicks at the door and roof so hard that the car swerves repeatedly until the automobile pulls into a warehouse. As four goons carrying crowbars descend on the vehicle, Rip smashes through the sunroof and beats them up. Later, Rip meets his new account executive, Samantha “Sam” Moore. She outlines a new merchandising campaign for Rip, but he tells her he is busy with charity work and asks if they could talk about his career later. Sam tells him she will pick him up at eight for dinner. At a posh French restaurant, a new waiter patronizes Rip, believing him to be an uncivilized oaf, but the wrestler, speaking in ... +


Rip, the World Wrestling Federation champion, and his brother, Randy, walk through a crowd of adoring fans to enter the ring. The match begins with Rip’s opponent getting him into a “sleeper hold.” As Rip fights to remain conscious, Brell, the chairman of World Television network (WTN), watches the match on television and cheers for Rip to pass out. However, Rip breaks the hold and wins the match. The next day, Rip is driven to WTN headquarters in a limousine to meet with Brell and his two assistants, Ordway and Unger. Although Brell offers Rip a blank check to break his contract with the other network, Rip refuses. Brell explodes and calls him a “jock-ass.” Rip shoves the check into Brell’s mouth and leaves. Back in the limousine, Rip realizes the driver missed his house and orders him to turn around. Instead, the driver triggers a partition, trapping Rip in the back seat. Infuriated, Rip kicks at the door and roof so hard that the car swerves repeatedly until the automobile pulls into a warehouse. As four goons carrying crowbars descend on the vehicle, Rip smashes through the sunroof and beats them up. Later, Rip meets his new account executive, Samantha “Sam” Moore. She outlines a new merchandising campaign for Rip, but he tells her he is busy with charity work and asks if they could talk about his career later. Sam tells him she will pick him up at eight for dinner. At a posh French restaurant, a new waiter patronizes Rip, believing him to be an uncivilized oaf, but the wrestler, speaking in French, asks the chef for his “usual.” Meanwhile, Brell drags Unger and Ordway to the “No Count Bar,” a lowlife establishment full of social outcasts that features amateur wrestling. As they watch a fighter bite another man’s ear, they are told there are no rules to the fighting. Brell loves it and orders Unger and Ordway to create a show that panders to the “scum” of America. Calling the show “Battle of the Tough Guys,” Brell announces that he will pay $100,000 to any man who can defeat all his opponents in the “octagonal ring.” Every “tough guy” descends on the bar. During the live telecast, the fighters use every dirty trick to beat their opponent and move to the next round. Everything comes to a stop when Zeus, a giant African American, smashes through a wall, grabs a waitress by her face and hurls her across the room. He then defeats all who stand against him in the ring. Watching on television, Rip’s trainer, Charlie, claims he used to work for Zeus until Zeus killed a man in the ring and was sent to prison. Brell’s gamble pays off. After Zeus is declared the winner, he is front page news and WTN ratings soar. Meanwhile, Rip and Sam are on a fan club tour when Rip insists they have dinner at a friend’s diner. As they sit down to eat, two masked men carrying pistols come in to rob the place. Rip yells for everyone to hit the floor, pulls a bar stool out of its foundation and smacks the nearest assailant with it. He then pelts the second one with food before hurling him head first into a wall. Later, Rip and Sam find they have been booked into the same room. As there are no other vacancies, they agree to share a queen-size bed. As Sam brushes her teeth, Rip strings up a sheet splitting the bed in half. Before falling asleep, Sam confesses that her busy schedule prevents her from dating. She accuses Rip of trying to seduce her when he claims he too has little time for romance. Unable to sleep, Rip exercises and then drops back into bed. It collapses, sending Sam into his arms. She slaps him, declaring she is not one of his “dizzy groupies.” Hurt, Rip leaves to sleep in the lobby. Days later, Sam meets with Brell who is infuriated she did not seduce Rip as planned. When Sam protests that Rip is a nice guy, Brell backhands her across the face. She runs to Rip’s home and confesses everything. Rip forgives her and Sam leaps into his arms. They are interrupted when Zeus appears on television, challenging Rip to fight. Later, Rip is at a charity picnic when a helicopter lands nearby and Brell steps out with Zeus in tow. They challenge Rip to a fight in front of television cameras. Although his fans boo, Rip remains silent and Brell declares Zeus the heavy weight champion of the world. Although Charlie tells him he did the right thing, Rip worries everyone will think he backed down. Later, Sam is attacked by a man in a parking garage. Rip appears on his motorcycle, scoops the assailant up, puts him on his front fender, then drives into a tree. Across town, Randy and a friend, Craig, go to watch Zeus take on a man wielding a piece of re-bar. Brell discovers Randy and has him dragged over to Zeus. When Zeus calls Rip “yellow,” Randy punches him in the face. The big man shakes it off and beats Randy unconscious. After going to Zeus’s gymnasium and tearing the place apart, Rip sits vigil over a comatose Randy. When Rip swears he will get vengeance on Zeus, Randy opens his eyes and both brothers cry uncontrollably. Brell announces the date of the fight. While Zeus trains by punching cement blocks, Rip helps a paralyzed Randy with his physical therapy. Two weeks pass, Sam and Craig wheel Randy into the WTN building to watch the big fight. However, when they go into the elevator, it opens on the wrong floor. Two security guards push Sam back in, leaving Craig and Randy stranded. Sam is dragged into a viewing booth and finds Unger and Ordway. Unger calls Brell to say their plan is working. Randy and Craig rush into Rip's dressing room to tell him what happened. The telephone rings and Brell orders Rip to fight for ten minutes, then take a dive. Rip is warned that unless he complies, he will be pushing Randy and Sam in “matching wheelchairs.” Rip tells Charlie and Craig they have ten minutes to find Sam. As Brell watches from the control booth, Rip steps into the ring. Zeus arrives and backhands the announcer into the stands. As Unger, Ordway and security guards cheer Zeus, Sam sneaks out of the room. Realizing she’s gone, the men rush after her. When Sam gets to the lobby, Unger, Ordway and the guards grab her, but Craig and Charlie appear and beat them down. In the ring, Rip is being torn apart. Zeus knocks him to the mat, tears out a metal corner post and attempts to impale him with it. Rip rolls out of the way, and Zeus gets him into a choke hold. The referee enters the ring to declare Zeus the winner, but Zeus backhands him and continues choking Rip. Sam, Craig and Charlie appear and cheer Rip on. Zeus hurls Rip to the mat, kicks Charlie in the face and raises his hands in victory. As the crowd chants Rip's name, he sees Randy move his little finger. Springing to his feet, Rip beats Zeus to a pulp before tossing him out of the ring. Attempting to avoid Rip’s wrath, Zeus leaps into the stands to get to the control room. Finding Randy is in his path, Zeus throws the paralyzed boy down the stairs. Upon reaching the control room, Zeus is dismayed to find Brell has locked the door and is smashing the network’s computers to stop the broadcast. Rip arrives and hurls Zeus into the arena below before smashing a chair through the booth’s glass. As Rip rushes in, a frightened Brell backs into a live wire and electrocutes himself. Rip runs back to ringside to find Randy standing. +

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