Dave Galanter
December 1st 1969 - December 12th 2020
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Subj: Re: Sci-Fi Cinema #31 - The Ultimate Warrior (1975)
Posted: Thu Nov 19, 2020 at 09:51:18 am EST (Viewed 63 times)
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This is some what of a weird movie for Brynner to choose. However he did have a history of taking unusual roles so maybe not so strange after all. I think Robert Clouse was over rated as a director. Outside of ETD he just never elevated his movies to the level they could have attained. I do not think he really understood how to make a martial art movie excepting ETD which not only had Lee but a supporting cast that that was just a dream -Jackie Chan and Sammo Hung were extras! The only miss was the main villain and man if Jackie Chan had that part and allowed to do his thing ETD would have been what it may be anyway. The greatest martial arts movie of all time. I remember Clouse saying The Big Brawl didn't work because Chan was too soft! Wow-way off topic but I am not wasting all this typing.
Ultimate Warrior may not have been a great movie but watching Brynner is always a delight and I still give it a watch every few years. It preceded Mad Max and about the same time as Death Race. I wonder if it was a bit ahead of its time or would have been with better production,a bit more plot and depth,also a better director?

You know, I'm not sure I've ever seen Enter the Dragon in its entirety, which I should remedy soon. I do remember seeing The Big Brawl and I enjoyed it a lot. It seemed like an inspiration for the Street Fighter video games, with a large cast of multi-national oddballs competing in a tournament. Snake in the Eagle's Shadow was another early favorite of Chan's.



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