Release Date: February 08, 1991
Starring: John Barrett, Keith Vitali,
Brad Morris, & Terry Norton
Genre: Action-Drama/Martial Arts
Runtime: Approximately 93 minutes
Distributor: Cannon Releasing
Director: Frans Nel
Producer: Anant Singh
Writer: Emil Kolbe
Address Comments To:Mr. Florio Fiorini
The Cannon Group
640 San Vincente Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90048
As middle-weight champion of the world, B.J. Quinn is imprisoned for accidentally killing his best friend during a pool side skirmish. Suspended from fighting, Quinn serves a 10-month jail-term. Upon his release, he agrees to judge a championship fight in which Jacques Denard, the current world champion, defends the title.
Denard's arrogance inflames Quinn. A journalist named Willard, who would like to see a match between these two enemies, also antagonizes Quinn. The breaking point comes at another pool party where Quinn, drunk and out of shape, picks a fight with Denard.
Quinn takes a lashing from Denard and goes into seclusion at a beach cottage where he begins some rigorous training. However, with everything gone, Quinn thinks of himself as a loser. Then, Willard shows up with a challenge from Denard: he wants to fight Quinn for money, thereby skirting the court-ruling that prohibits Quinn from fighting in the ring. Quinn's girlfriend convinces him not to fight. However, if Quinn didn't change his mind, then this grade-B story wouldn't have an ending.
The early fight scenes are contrived and not well-staged. As the bully, Denard is an overblown character. He believes that even a smile is a sign of weakness.
Unfortunately, no one else among the cast can act. Therefore, those who are wise will be the ones who duck AMERICAN KICKBOXER.
The early fight scenes are not well-staged. Denard is an overblown character. Unfortunately, no one among the cast can act. Therefore, those who are wise will be the ones who duck AMERICAN KICKBOXER.