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The Last Dragon (1985)

PG-13 | | Action, Comedy, Drama | 22 March 1985 (USA)
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In New York City, a young man searches for a Master to obtain the final level of martial arts mastery known as the Glow.

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Michael Schultz

Writer:

Louis Venosta
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Taimak ... Leroy Green
Vanity ... Laura Charles
Christopher Murney ... Eddie Arkadian (as Chris Murney)
Julius Carry ... Sho'nuff / The Shogun of Harlem (as Julius J. Carry III)
Faith Prince ... Angela Viracco
Leo O'Brien Leo O'Brien ... Richie Green
Mike Starr ... Rock
Jim Moody ... Daddy Green
Glen Eaton Glen Eaton ... Johnny Yu
Ernie Reyes Jr. ... Tai
Roger Campbell Roger Campbell ... Announcer
Esther Marrow Esther Marrow ... Mama Green
Keshia Knight Pulliam ... Sophia (as Keshia Knight)
Jamal Mason Jamal Mason ... Roy
B.J. Barie B.J. Barie ... Jackie
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Storyline

In New York City, a young man searches for the "master" to obtain the final level of martial arts mastery known as the glow. Along the way, he must fight a martial arts expert corrupted with power, and rescue a beautiful singer from an obsessed music promoter. Written by <akil@uclink4.berkeley.edu>

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Need somebody to lend a foot...? Meet "Bruce Leroy" Green. See more »

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Action | Comedy | Drama | Music

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 March 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Berry Gordy's The Last Dragon See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,254,359, 24 March 1985

Gross USA:

$25,754,284

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$25,754,284
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Filming began April 16th, 1984. Locations include: The Victory Theater on 42nd Street, Bernstein's-on-Essex (an Oriental delicatessen used with its decor intact), the Harlem Karate Institute, a pizza restaurant in lower Manhattan, a Chinese warehouse on Walker Street in Manhattan, Super Amusements in Flushing, Queens, and an abandoned wire factory and warehouse at East 118th and East Side Highway in Manhattan. See more »

Goofs

A hand-painted sign in Daddy Green's restaurant says "a slice a day keeps the docter away". See more »

Quotes

Sho'nuff: Am I the meanest?
Sho'nuff 's Goons: Sho'nuff!
Sho'nuff: Am I the prettiest?
Sho'nuff 's Goons: Sho'nuff!
Sho'nuff: Am I the baddest mofo low down around this town?
Sho'nuff 's Goons: Sho'nuff!
Sho'nuff: Well who am I?
Sho'nuff 's Goons: Sho'nuff!
Sho'nuff: Who am I?
Sho'nuff 's Goons: Sho'nuff!
[...]
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Alternate Versions

UK cinema and video versions were cut by just under 2 minutes by the BBFC to remove all footage of nunchakus. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Voyeur (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

The Glow
Performed by Willie Hutch
Written by Willie Hutch
Produced by Willie Hutch
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Does this movie rock? Sho'NUFF!
27 February 2005 | by sandyluc80See all my reviews

If you occasionally get nostalgic for break dancing, too much hairspray, De Barge, and Cyndi Lauper-style hair extensions, then this movie will give you an awesome blast from the past! I watched it on a Saturday morning and it made me feel like a kid again.

As many of the naysayers have already posted here, this ain't no bona fide martial arts flick. But it does make Tarantino-esque allusions to kung-fu pop culture- namely, Bruce Lee's films- that will be appreciated by 'true' kung-fu fans. And the fight scenes were co-choreographed by Ernie Reyes, Sr., so that gives them some credence.

In my opinion, the "worst" parts of this movie are actually the best because of their kitsch value: Prince protégé Vanity performs a ridiculously bad song and dance number; Leroy finds his inner "glow"; Sho'Nuff and his gang interrupt a screening of ENTER THE DRAGON; the list goes on. I think I'll watch it again next Saturday!


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