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Rage and Honor

3.8 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews

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Torn between loyalty and revenge, a martial arts champion is pitted against her own brother in thisaction-adventure knockout. Five-time undefeated World Karate Champion Cynthia Rothrock stars as Kris Fairfield, an inner-city high school teacher who moonlights in killer karate. While training a group of police officers, Kris meets an Australian cop (renowned martial arts expert Richard Norton), sent to the U.S. to observe their style of law enforcement. But it's hard to remain an impartial observer when the cops in question are dealing crack. . . and killing Kris's students. Together, the feisty American and The Wonder from Down Under team up to take back the streets.

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  • Actors: Richard Norton, Cynthia Rothrock, Terri Treas, Brian Thompson, Catherine Bach
  • Directors: Terry Winkless
  • Producers: Donald Paul Pemrick
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 28, 2003
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000C9JFS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #143,986 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Rage and Honor" on IMDb

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By W. Gantt on September 17, 2003
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Richard Norton and Cynthia Rothrock co-starred in movies before
"Rage and Honor", such as Samo Hung's "Millionaire's Express",
but "Rage" established the charismatic pair as the Bogie and Bacall of martial arts movies. The chemistry of the two leads is
undeniable in this swiftly entertaining actioner about an Australian (Norton) set up falsely for a murder charge in L.A.
Norton's pursuit for exoneration pairs him with Rothrock in a battle against their criminal couterparts, played by Catherine Bach and Brian Thompson. Eccentric characters from the L.A. underground assist the leads in their mission, and the movie shrewdly punctuates the action-charged pace with light moments.
An actor of integrity, Norton delivers a performance with integrity as the unfairly accused Aussie. Thanks to the appeal
of both stars, "Rage and Honor" remains a rarely equaled martial
arts movie, even ten years after its initial release.
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"Rage & Honor" belongs to an era of generally good low-budget fare starring Cynthia Rothrock, but it's far from being among her best work. Completists will be able to purchase it secure in the knowledge that the Lady Dragon had yet to begin her cinematic descent, but aside from boasting some good production values and a strong cast, it's not anything special.

The story: when an Australian police officer (Richard Norton, Mr. Nice Guy) becomes witness to a crime of corruption, he teams up with a martial arts-practicing schoolteacher (Rothrock, Above the Law) to secure a tape of the crime from coldhearted underworld entity who orchestrated it (Brian Thompson, Mortal Kombat: Annihilation).

The above-average B-movie cast also includes Terri Treas (Alien Nation) as Thompson's cohort, Catherine Bach (The Dukes of Hazzard) as the American police captain, Toshihiro Obata (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) as the former's enforcer, and Alex Datcher (Passenger 57) as the eccentric leader of a feminist girl gang.
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OK, first let me get the boring details out of the way. This movie was one of the last that Orion pictures made before they went belly up and were bought out by Sony. And it showed. Low budget sets, and a ridiculous shooting schedule coupled with the fact that is was filmed in downtown LA right after the riots, all came together to make what could have been an awesome movie only mediocre.And that's the voice of experience folks. I was an extra on this one ;D Don't believe me? OK. Watch it again, watch the crowd outside the club in the beginning. See the blonde in the army jacket? Yup! That's me LOL

But that being said, there is no discounting Rothrock and Norton for trying to make a go of a bad situation. Their acting, fighting and chemistry were all wonderful. Brian Thompson has never been one of my favorite actors ( can we talk about Mortal Combat? LOL) and his performance here is no exception. Dry, and monotone as usual. Alex Datcher was awesome as the very, um, "eclectic" leader of LA's underground. A not to miss as bad/good characters go.

All in all worth the money to add to your collection. But I would have loved to see this one get the funding it should have to make it an amazing movie.
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Rage & Honor is one of those martial arts films that keeps you guessing throughout the movie - is this good or does this stink. I felt this way every other 5 minutes, convinced it was a decently made film, only to be disspointed at some point with mostly slow pacing or really low-average fight action that stars like Cythina Rothrock and Richard Norotn could do better with. But then again, the camera angles, directing, and editing wouldn't be able to show off a good fight if one was achieved. Overall, this is an average film at best, with several little disspointments thrown in.

Perhaps the best thing about Rage & Honor is the story, which is not saying a whole lot. Richard Norton plays a cop named Preston, who is wanted for a drug deal shooting that went sour, involving other cops and the girlfriend of the movie's villain - Conrad Drago played by Brian Thompson (Lionheart, The Order, Mortal Kombat: Annihilation) A boy catches the whole act on tape, proving Preston's innocence, but the bad guys are desperate to get the tape into their hands. Kris Fairfield (Rothrock) comes to the aid of Preston, and eventually revealing her relation to Drago - which was a nice touch of originality. Unfortunately, pacing is very slow at times, and after an hour I was begging to see a good final fight already to save the movie.

There is an average amount of fight action in the film, but everything is just an average bang-em-up fight without a whoe lot of style. Brian Thomson makes a formiddable villain, but in the end I thought he was just average too. The final fight of the film begins with Rothrock against Thomson in what is a highly unenjoyable fight due to the camera zooming way in on some shots, then way out on others.
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