No Retreat, No Surrender

  • 1986
  • Movie
  • PG-13
  • Action, Martial Arts

Paying no attention to such archaic notions as logic, motivation, or intelligence, NO RETREAT, NO SURRENDER is a deliciously bad reworking of THE KARATE KID, with just a touch of ROCKY IV tossed in. Jason Stillwell (Kurt McKinney) is a happy-go-lucky Bruce Lee disciple who practices martial arts at a Los Angeles karate school run by his father (Tim Baker)....read more

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Paying no attention to such archaic notions as logic, motivation, or intelligence, NO RETREAT, NO SURRENDER is a deliciously bad reworking of THE KARATE KID, with just a touch of ROCKY IV tossed in. Jason Stillwell (Kurt McKinney) is a happy-go-lucky Bruce Lee disciple who practices martial

arts at a Los Angeles karate school run by his father (Tim Baker). When a group of enigmatic mobsters tries to take over the place by force, Dad packs up the family and moves to Seattle, where he becomes a bartender. Fortunately for Jason, his girl friend, Kelly (Kathie Sileno), lives in Seattle

and her brother, Ian (Ron Pohnel), owns the local martial-arts school. Jason goes to check out the place but is quickly humiliated by some of the cretins there. His father is also having trouble at the hands of some local thugs. The cast is uniformly awful, though they should be awarded an "A" for

effort. The karate sequences actually aren't too bad. Technically, the film is about average, though some of the editing continuity is pretty amusing. NO RETREAT, NO SURRENDER is a wonderfully silly romp, so consistently ridiculous in intent and execution that it's hard not to enjoy.

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  • Released: 1986
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Review: Paying no attention to such archaic notions as logic, motivation, or intelligence, NO RETREAT, NO SURRENDER is a deliciously bad reworking of THE KARATE KID, with just a touch of ROCKY IV tossed in. Jason Stillwell (Kurt McKinney) is a happy-go-lucky Bruce… (more)

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