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Release Date: February 08, 1991

Starring: John Barrett, Keith Vitali, Brad Morris, & Terry Norton

Genre: Action-Drama/Martial Arts

Audience: Adults

Rating: R

Runtime: Approximately 93 minutes

Distributor: Cannon Releasing

Director: Frans Nel

Executive Producer:

Producer: Anant Singh

Writer: Emil Kolbe

Address Comments To:

Mr. Florio Fiorini
Chairman
The Cannon Group
640 San Vincente Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(213) 658-2100.

Content:

(LLL, VV, S) 62 obscenities and 11 profanities, moderate violence, implied sexual immorality, and tasteless sexual references.

Summary:

After he is convicted for manslaughter and imprisoned for accidentally killing his best friend, a kickboxing champion struggles to rebuild his life.

Review:

Fans of the martial-arts genre won't get any kicks out of AMERICAN KICKBOXER, a dismal film about a kickboxer who, after he is convicted of manslaughter, struggles to rebuild his life.

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.

In Brief:

AMERICAN KICKBOXER is a dismal film. As middle-weight champion, B.J. Quinn is imprisoned for accidentally killing his best friend during a skirmish. Quinn serves a 10-month jail-term. Upon his release, he judges a championship fight in which Jacques Denard, the current champion, defends the title. Denard's arrogance inflames Quinn. A journalist named Willard would like to see a match between these two enemies. Later, Quinn, drunk and out of shape, picks a fight with Denard. Quinn takes a beating and goes into seclusion to begin some rigorous training. 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.

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.