Best of the Best II (1993)

R | 101 mins | Drama | 5 March 1993

Director:

Robert Radler

Cinematographer:

Fred Tammes

Editor:

Danny Retz

Production Designer:

Gary Frutkoff

Production Company:

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HISTORY

The 13 Mar 1992 Screen International announced actors Wayne Newton, Eric Roberts, and director Eric Weston were returning for the sequel to 1989’s Best of the Best (see entry), a $5-million film that reportedly grossed $50 million, the 5 Jun 1992 DV claimed. Christopher Penn and Simon Rhee also returned from the original.
       Principal photography began on 30 Apr 1992, according to the 19 May 1992 HR production chart. Locations listed include Las Vegas, NV, Arizona, and Los Angeles, CA.
       The 5 Jun 1992 DV reported a $9.5 million budget, and that Los Angeles interior locations were moved to a “giant” warehouse in Vernon, CA, because of the eruption of the Los Angeles riots.
       The 9 Mar 1992 DV review noted that the film was a rare case of a major distributor releasing a sequel to an independent distributor’s original.
       End credits include the following acknowledgements: “The Producers Wish To Thank: CSR Aviation; The Hotel San Remo, Las Vegas; Mona Manatoba, Flying Eagle Inc.; Alison Savitch.” Also noted: “Promotional Consideration Provided by: The Sony Corporation of America; The Massage Therapy Center, Polaroid, Macho Products, Honda Martial Arts Supply, Nancy ... More Less

The 13 Mar 1992 Screen International announced actors Wayne Newton, Eric Roberts, and director Eric Weston were returning for the sequel to 1989’s Best of the Best (see entry), a $5-million film that reportedly grossed $50 million, the 5 Jun 1992 DV claimed. Christopher Penn and Simon Rhee also returned from the original.
       Principal photography began on 30 Apr 1992, according to the 19 May 1992 HR production chart. Locations listed include Las Vegas, NV, Arizona, and Los Angeles, CA.
       The 5 Jun 1992 DV reported a $9.5 million budget, and that Los Angeles interior locations were moved to a “giant” warehouse in Vernon, CA, because of the eruption of the Los Angeles riots.
       The 9 Mar 1992 DV review noted that the film was a rare case of a major distributor releasing a sequel to an independent distributor’s original.
       End credits include the following acknowledgements: “The Producers Wish To Thank: CSR Aviation; The Hotel San Remo, Las Vegas; Mona Manatoba, Flying Eagle Inc.; Alison Savitch.” Also noted: “Promotional Consideration Provided by: The Sony Corporation of America; The Massage Therapy Center, Polaroid, Macho Products, Honda Martial Arts Supply, Nancy Grossbart.” More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
5 Jun 1992.
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Daily Variety
9 Mar 1993.
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Hollywood Reporter
8 Mar 1993
p. 12, 32.
Hollywood Reporter
19 May 1992.
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Screen International
13 Mar 1992.
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Variety
15 Mar 1993
pp. 62-63.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
The Movie Group Presents
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Unit prod mgr
2d asst dir
Addl 2d asst dir
2d 2d asst dir
2d 2d asst dir
Unit mgr, Nevada crew
PRODUCERS
Co-prod
Co-prod
Exec prod
Exec prod
WRITERS
Scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
2d unit dir of photog
Cam op
1st asst cam/Addl cam op
2d asst cam
Loader
Still photog
Addl cam op
Addl 1st asst cam
Cam dept asst
Aerial cam
Gaffer
Best boy elec
Generator op
Key grip
Best boy grip
Dolly grip
Grip
Grip
Rigging gaffer
Asst rigging gaffer
Head rigger
Rigger
Rigger
Rigger
Vari-Lite op
24 frame video services
24 frame video services, Video Playback Services
24 frame video services, Video Playback Services
Elec, Nevada crew
Aerial cam, Nevada crew
Underwater cam, Nevada crew
Underwater 1st asst cam, Nevada crew
Loader
Cranes and dollies by
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Art dir
Asst art dir
Art dept coord
FILM EDITORS
Addl film ed
Film ed
1st asst film ed
Asst film ed
Asst film ed
Negative cutter, Aftr-7
Negative cutter
SET DECORATORS
Set des
Asst set dec
On-set dresser
On-set carpenter
Leadman
Leadman
Swing gang
Swing gang
Swing gang
Prop master
Asst prop master
Prop dept asst
Const coord
Const foreman
General foreman
Lead carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Const runner
Welding foreman
Scenic artist
Scenic artist
Scenic artist
Scenic artist
Scenic artist
Set dec/Prop master, Nevada crew
Prop asst, Nevada crew
COSTUMES
Cost des
Set costumer
Costumer
Mr. Roberts' seamstress
MUSIC
Mus supv
Mus ed
Mus orch and cond by
Mus rec and mixed by
SOUND
Sd mixer
Boom op
Cableman
Supv sd ed
Supv sd ed
Sd ed
Sd ed
Sd ed
Supv ADR ed
Asst sd ed
Asst sd ed
Asst sd ed
Sd transfer
Sd transfer
Sd transfer
Foley artist
Foley artist
Weddington Productions re-rec mixer
Weddington Productions re-rec mixer
Weddington Productions re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Dolby Stereo consultant
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff coord
Spec eff key
Spec eff
Spec eff
Spec eff
Spec eff
Spec eff
Spec eff equip provided by
Main title des by
Main title opticals by
Optical and digital eff by
Optical and digital eff by, VCE
Visual eff supv
VCE optical eff
VCE optical eff
VCE optical eff
VCE optical eff
VCE optical eff
VCE digital film eff
VCE digital film eff
VCE digital film eff
VCE ed
VCE prod coord
VCE admin
Addl opticals by
DANCE
Choreog dancer
Choreog dancer
Choreog dancer
Choreog dancer
Platform dancer
Platform dancer
Platform dancer
Platform dancer
Platform dancer
Dance choreog
MAKEUP
Makeup & hair supv
Key makeup & hair stylist
Makeup & hair asst
Makeup & hair asst
Addl makeup & hair asst
Addl makeup & hair asst
Spec makeup eff
Makeup eff asst
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting
Prod auditor
Prod coord
Asst auditor
Prod secy
Scr supv
Asst to Mr. Strauss
Asst to Mr. Staggs
Asst to Mr. Rhee
Asst to the dir
Asst to Miss Scott
Key set prod asst
Blue screen consultant
Cam helicopter pilot
Gazelle helicopter pilot
Driver
Driver
Asst loc mgr
Stage mgr
Asst casting dir
Addl prod coord
First aid
First aid
Asst to Mr. Moeller
Asst to Mr. Roberts
Horse wrangler
Extras coord
Asst extras coord
Mr. Roberts' trainer
Mr. Rhee's trainer
Studio teacher
Extras casting
Post-prod accounting
Accounting services
Completion bond
Insurance broker
Caterer, Terence of London
Caterer, Terence of London
Payroll service
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Asst prod asst
Craft services
Asst craft services
Asst craft services
Transportation coord
Transportation capt
Co-capt
Honeywagon driver
Driver
Driver
Set coord, Nevada crew
Projectionist/P.A., Nevada crew
Transportation coord, Nevada crew
Transportation capt, Nevada crew
Driver, Nevada crew
Driver, Nevada crew
First aid, Nevada crew
Prod asst, Nevada crew
Prod asst, Nevada crew
KXRT interview seq wrt, prod and dir by
Loc equip by
STAND INS
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunt coord
Stand-in
COLOR PERSONNEL
Col timer
Film processing and prints by
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on characters created by Paul Levine.
AUTHOR
SONGS
"World Destiny," performed by Rave Crusader, written by Jeff Hypp and Pat Krimson, Rave Crusader appears through the courtesy of Antler/Subway Records
"Down For The Count," performed by Mark Yoakam, written by Robert Jason
"Guilty," performed by Public Nuisance, written and produced by Robert Jason and David Michael Frank
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SONGS
"World Destiny," performed by Rave Crusader, written by Jeff Hypp and Pat Krimson, Rave Crusader appears through the courtesy of Antler/Subway Records
"Down For The Count," performed by Mark Yoakam, written by Robert Jason
"Guilty," performed by Public Nuisance, written and produced by Robert Jason and David Michael Frank
"Paranoid," performed by Angel Ice, written by Nikki Van Lireop, Praga Khan and Oliver Adams, Angel Ice appears through the courtesy of Antler/Subway Records
"Willie Rise," performed by Lil D and Big C, written and produced by Robert Jason and David Michael Frank
"Everybody Loves A Winner," performed by William Bell, written by Booker T. Jones and William Bell, William Bell appears through the courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp., by arrangement with Warner Special Products
"Je N'Aime Que Toi," performed by Angel Ice, written by Nikki Van Lireop, Praga Khan and Oliver Adams, Angel Ice appears through the courtesy of Antler/Subway Records
"(To Be) The Best Of The Best," performed by Mark Free, written by David Michael Frank and Todd Smallwood
"No Guts, No Glory," performed by Jeff Steele, written by Robert Jason.
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DETAILS
Release Date:
5 March 1993
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles opening: 5 March 1993
Production Date:
began 30 April 1992
Copyright Claimant:
Picture Securities, Ltd.
Copyright Date:
28 January 1993
Copyright Number:
PA604378
Physical Properties:
Sound
Dolby Stereo ® in Selected Theatres
Color
Lenses
Camera and lenses by Panavision ®
Duration(in mins):
101
Length(in feet):
8,963
MPAA Rating:
R
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
32095
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

US karate champions Alex Grady, Tommy Lee, and Travis Brickley open a martial arts studio in Las Vegas, Nevada. A well-known fighter, Brakus, arrives by helicopter at a nightclub on the Vegas strip, where he battles fighters in a secret arena known as the “coliseum.” As wealthy patrons look on, challengers battle their way through three “no rules” matches to face Brakus in a fight to the death, in which the victor is declared the new owner of the coliseum. The night’s fight begins with Travis Brickley emerging to face his first gladiator. Travis wins the round, and as he celebrates in a private lounge, he is congratulated by announcer Weldon Dardano. When Brakus enters, Travis threatens the undefeated champ. Elsewhere, Alex Grady takes his son, Walter Grady, on a camping trip, along with Tommy Lee. Eleven-year-old Walter practices his karate moves by the campfire, in hope of attaining a black belt in an upcoming tryout. However, at the tryout, Walter fails to break a brick with his hand, and is denied the certification. Alex, Tommy, and Travis take Walter and the rest of the studio’s young team to a Vegas strip restaurant to celebrate, and Alex’s girlfriend, television sports reporter Sue MacCauley, also attends. Alex gives a speech telling Walter how proud he is of the way he handled the disappointment, and notes that things have not been easy for the boy since his mother’s death several years earlier. Later, as Alex gets ready to leave their apartment for the evening, Walter confesses that he cancelled his babysitter, Martha, because he is old enough to look after himself. Alex replies that Travis will be stopping by to drop ... +


US karate champions Alex Grady, Tommy Lee, and Travis Brickley open a martial arts studio in Las Vegas, Nevada. A well-known fighter, Brakus, arrives by helicopter at a nightclub on the Vegas strip, where he battles fighters in a secret arena known as the “coliseum.” As wealthy patrons look on, challengers battle their way through three “no rules” matches to face Brakus in a fight to the death, in which the victor is declared the new owner of the coliseum. The night’s fight begins with Travis Brickley emerging to face his first gladiator. Travis wins the round, and as he celebrates in a private lounge, he is congratulated by announcer Weldon Dardano. When Brakus enters, Travis threatens the undefeated champ. Elsewhere, Alex Grady takes his son, Walter Grady, on a camping trip, along with Tommy Lee. Eleven-year-old Walter practices his karate moves by the campfire, in hope of attaining a black belt in an upcoming tryout. However, at the tryout, Walter fails to break a brick with his hand, and is denied the certification. Alex, Tommy, and Travis take Walter and the rest of the studio’s young team to a Vegas strip restaurant to celebrate, and Alex’s girlfriend, television sports reporter Sue MacCauley, also attends. Alex gives a speech telling Walter how proud he is of the way he handled the disappointment, and notes that things have not been easy for the boy since his mother’s death several years earlier. Later, as Alex gets ready to leave their apartment for the evening, Walter confesses that he cancelled his babysitter, Martha, because he is old enough to look after himself. Alex replies that Travis will be stopping by to drop something off before going to his bowling league, and Walter should go with him. When Travis arrives, he tells Walter he is not going bowling after all, but the boy convinces Travis to take him along. Travis confides that he is fighting at the coliseum, and Alex and Tommy would be upset if they knew, so Walter blackmails Travis into sneaking him inside the coliseum. The boy watches from the rafters as Brakus beats Travis in the “no rules” battle. As the boy looks on, the crowd votes whether Travis should live or die. Walter screams as Brakus snaps Travis’s neck. Horrified, Walter flees and runs home to tell his father and Tommy what happened. When Alex and Tommy visit the coliseum to search for their friend, Weldon Dardano claims that after Travis took a beating, he got up and left with a woman. Despite Walter’s claim that Weldon is lying, Alex and Tommy continue searching for Travis. Later, Travis Brickley’s body is discovered floating in the river, and Alex and Tommy vow revenge. They bust in on Weldon and Brakus, demanding to know the identity of their friend’s killer. When Alex asks Brakus if he killed Travis, Brakus says he did so “easily,” and beats up Alex. Tommy fights Brakus next, and throws him into a mirror, inciting the man’s fury. Weldon stops the fight, and security arrives to escort the two martial artists out of the club. Brakus vows privately to kidnap Tommy, and kill Alex and Walter. When Tae Kwon Doe champion Dae Han attends Travis Brickley’s funeral, he offers to help avenge his killing. Later, Alex visits Sue MacCauley at her television station and asks her to announce that Brakus killed Travis, but she insists that she cannot broadcast such an unfounded proclamation. Alex insults her for not taking Walter’s word, and leaves in anger. Later, as Walter rides his bicycle, Brakus’s henchmen follow him home and fire shots into the house. Alex and Tommy fight their attackers, and afterward, leave town to seek shelter at the desert home of Tommy’s Native American grandmother. When they arrive, Grandma suggests that her son, James, help them. However, Tommy Lee holds a long-standing grudge against his uncle, and the two engage in a fistfight on the front lawn. Later, Tommy tells Alex that Uncle James ran off with Grandma’s money and won several fighting tournaments in Europe, before a near-fatal automobile accident ended his career. Alex and Tommy set up a gym in a barn to resume their training. Meanwhile, Grandma chastises James for his drunken antics, and demands that he help Tommy, or move out. The next day, James informs Tommy he knows how Brakus fights. Tommy dismisses his uncle until James reveals scars on his stomach, and confesses he got them from Brakus, not from an automobile accident. Tommy and Alex accept James’s offer and begin their rigorous training. James takes them to a sweat lodge, where they experience visions. Later, Brakus’s gunmen arrive by helicopter, and hold everyone at gunpoint. When James shoots at the attackers, they kill him. As Tommy is flown away, the thugs douse the house with gasoline, preparing to burn Alex and Walter alive. However, the father and son escape before the house explodes. Watching from the helicopter above, Tommy believes his friends and family have been killed. Alex, Walter, and Grandma emerge, unharmed, from a trapdoor, and Alex apologizes to her for her house’s devastation. Alex and Walter drive back to Las Vegas, as Brakus confronts Tommy, demanding they face off in the coliseum. Weldon introduces Tommy Lee to the crowd, and it cheers when Tommy easily defeats his first opponent. Returning for a second battle, he beats his challenger just as quickly. In his third fight, Tommy faces a gladiator he recognizes as the man who murdered Uncle James. Tommy takes a few hits before beating the man nearly to death. Brakus announces to the audience that Tommy has earned the right to challenge him in a fight to the death. Meanwhile, Alex and Walter arrive at Sue MacCauley’s home, and Alex asks her to look after his son. Worried that his father will not return, Walter gives him an Indian feather he received from Tommy’s grandmother for strength. When Sue apologizes for disappointing Alex, he kisses her and promises to soon return. Meanwhile, Tommy meditates as part of his preparation to fight Brakus. Dae Han secretly arrives at the nightclub after Alex asked for his help. As Tommy and Brakus enter the ring and begin their battle, Alex and Dae Han fight security guards and get inside the coliseum. The battle in the ring intensifies, and the fighters are presented with metal pipes as weapons. When Alex breaks a glass wall to gain entry, Tommy’s strength is renewed, and he knocks Brakus to the ground, warning him to stay down and accept his defeat. However, when Tommy turns his back on the gladiator, Brakus makes a final lunge. Tommy snaps his foe’s neck, and looks stunned as he is declared the new owner of the coliseum. Alex joins his friend onstage, as Weldon Dardano gives the new champion the microphone. To Weldon’s dismay, Tommy declares that the coliseum is closed. +

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