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Battle Creek Brawl 1980

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3.8 out of 5 stars (71) IMDb 5.8/10

A young Asian American martial artist is forced to participate in a brutal formal street-fight competition.

Starring:
Jackie Chan, José Ferrer
Runtime:
1 hour, 35 minutes

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Warner Bros thought Jackie Chan might be the next big Kung Fu star after Bruce Lee's death - they were right, just 15 years too early. This film was directed by Robert Clouse and released in the USA in 1980. Unfortunately, in the early 1980's, American audiences were not ready for Jackie Chan's comedic/fighting style and/or two martial arts stars at the same time (Chuck Norris already at three profitable films under his belt).

This film, however, is a gem. It is funny, reasonably well directed, and the acting is actually very good. Jackie and Mako produce good chemistry as Uncle/teacher (Make) and nephew/student (Chan). Jose Ferrer is good as the gangster who coerces Chan into entering the winner take all fight in Battle Creek Texas.

The fight scenes, although not great, are fun and the last 25 minutes is almost pure action and it is here where Jackie is most fun to watch. Originally released as the Big Brawl, this is a good movie and in today's movie rating system, it would at most bring in a PG-13 rating, so disregard the "R" rating on the DVD sales.
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I first saw this movie about 5 or 6 years after it was made when I was only 15 years old (i.e., a LONG time ago). It was the first movie Jackie made in the U.S. And it is my favorite. I instantly fell in love with Jackie when I saw this movie. Maybe I like it so much because it's more of a "chick-flick" than his other movies. I love the funny romantic seens between Jackie and his American girlfriend in this movie. I love the roller derby scenes. And I drool over Jackie's muscles at the opening scene when he shows off his gymnastic talents on the scaffolding.

Also, I don't think he played a Korean immigrant in this movie. His father speaks some Chinese in the movie.
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It’s weird to think that there once was a time when the whole world didn’t know about Jackie Chan. It’s even weirder to realize that at one time, he was introduced to us but we didn’t think to remember him. “Battle Creek Brawl” is odd for being a Hong Kong-inspired movie before Hollywood knew the value of the HK influence. But while director Robert Clouse may have been unable to capitalize on Jackie Chan like he did Bruce Lee, this is still an exciting adventure and an interesting study of one of the earlier chapters of one of the genre’s top stars.

The story: A martial arts-practicing adventurer (Chan) runs afoul of a Chicago crime syndicate and is strong-armed into competing in an all-important toughman contest.

While there are plenty of criticisms to be leveled at this film, I don’t accept its departure from the style of other JC movies as one of them. Director Clouse isn’t Stanley Tong, and he doesn’t need to be: his utilization of Jackie isn’t the ideal standard, but someone as talented as Chan benefits from showing poise in alternative circumstances. Admittedly, one casualty of Clouse’s style is Chan’s comedy, which comes across as clumsy and childish, but his action scenes remain pretty swell. Almost none of his onscreen opponents approach Chan’s level of agility and they clearly aren’t comfortable with the hero’s rhythmic style, but Jackie’s athletic abandon is matched by satisfying, stunt-heavy choreography. The filmmakers keep the camera pulled back, diminishing our boy’s facial expressions but showing off the authenticity of his abilities. Given that this was the first time Chan was being captured as a lead outside of Hong Kong, I’m impressed with the results.
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The sound is my only complaint on two separate copies. On the menu you have switch it to the original Dolby sound which is fine. That's so i can hear the conversation dialogue. Excellent movie!!!! One of Jackie Chan best & my personal favorite.
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This, "The Protector", and "Jackie Chan's Police Force" were the first Jackie Chan films I saw as a kid. Granted the other two were better films (especially "Police Force"), but I really liked the humor in the film. The story was good and Jackie was funny as always and Mako (his uncle) was funny too. The action was toned down quite a bit for a Jackie chan movie not as fast paced or as hard hitting, but over all it was enjoyable. Just remember this was one of his first movies here.
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Jackie Chans first movie made in th U.S. This was filmed in and around San Antonio Texas. It's a fun and action filled tale with comedy sprinkled throughout and man great character in the supporting cast. This movie was released originally under at least 2 title mane. Battle Creek Brawl and The Big Brawl. I wish there was a Blu Ray with extras. You can't go wrong here.
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This is a fun kung fu movie, I'll give it that. Unfortunately, the audio on it is pretty terrible. It sounds like it's got a echo on it.

Anyway, the movie has a pretty straight forward plot, with some weird and dumb details in it. But it's a Jackie Chan movie, so it's best viewed for the fight scenes, which always deliver.
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He's adorable in this movie, as are the actors who play his girlfriend and Herbert. The bad guys are GREAT (and REALLY bad!). I rarely buy CD's because I don't really like watching movies more than once (twice if they're really good), but this is one of my all-time favorites, and I could watch it every few years or so, and it's always just as good.
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