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Only the Strong

  • PG-13
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Color by Consolidated Film Industries. Feature film debut for gymnast and soap opera actor Mark Dacascos. Capoeira fight choreography by Joselito "Amen" Santo. Capoeira is a martial art developed by Brazilian slaves in the 17th century. Because they didn't want the slaveowners to understand that they were practicing a method of fighting that could help them gain their freedom -- lest it be forbidden -- the slaves disguised their sparring as a dance, honing their skills to the music of the berimbau, an instrument of Angolan origin, and singing as they played. Capoeira was outlawed in later years, briefly falling into disrepute when thieves used it as a means of plying their trade (including placing razors between their toes to make their kicks more deadly), but in the early 20th century a teacher named Mestre Bimba organized the form in a manner that resembled Eastern martial arts: he formalized the names of the different moves and created a standard method of teaching. As with karate, students must go through tests to get promoted, and they receive colored belts that indicate their level of proficiency. It is now considered the Brazilian national sport, and a source of cultural pride. Despite its grace and dancelike beauty, capoeira is deadly. Soundtrack available on Fox Records. Shot in Panavision, and in Eastmancolor. Rated BBFC 15 by the British Board of Film Classification.
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    • Rating - For gang violence.
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 2220147

  • Credits
    Mark Dacascos, Paco Christian Prieto, Todd Susman, Geoffrey Lewis, Stacy Travis
  • Critic Reviews
    "...Dascascos bears some physical resemblance to the late Brandon Lee and possesses some of the same easy charm..."
    Variety

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