HOME |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
Newest Reviews
Await Further Instructions
Ewoks: The Battle for Endor
In Order of Disappearance
Charlotte's Web
Meg, The
Christmas Blood
Equalizer 2, The
1985
Mowgli
Ski School
Ant-Man and the Wasp
Age of Shadows, The
Mission: Impossible - Fallout
Othello
First Reformed
Red White and Zero
Death Wish
Cry Wilderness
Heiresses, The
Millhouse: A White Comedy
Skyscraper
Born of Fire
Teen Titans Go! To the Movies
Lucia
Yanks
Sweet November
Ballad of Buster Scruggs, The
Real Men
Shoplifters
Redeemer
   
 
Newest Articles
Phone Freak: When a Stranger Calls on Blu-ray
A Name to Conjure With: David Nixon's Magic Box on DVD
Which 1950s Sci-Fi was Scariest? Invaders from Mars vs The Blob
The Empire Strikes Back: Khartoum vs Carry On Up the Khyber
Stan and Ollie's Final Folly: Atoll K on Blu-ray
The Big Grapple: Escape from New York and Its Influence
The Conquest of Everett: The Kenny Everett Video Show on DVD
Bout for the Count: Hammer's Dracula in the 1970s
Nopes from a Small Island: Mistreatment of American Stars in British Films
You Know, For Kids: Children's Film Foundation Bumper Box
If He Were a Carpenter and It Was the 80s: The Fog, Prince of Darkness and They Live
Tee-Hee, It's 80s Sci-Fi Horror: Night of the Comet, The Stuff and Night of the Creeps
Chance of a Ghost: The Uninvited and The Ghost and Mrs. Muir
3 Simian Slashers: Phenomena, Link and Monkey Shines
When is a Jackie Chan Movie Not a Jackie Chan Movie? Armour of God and City Hunter
   
 
  Big Brawl, The Boot To The HeadBuy this film here.
Year: 1980
Director: Robert Clouse
Stars: Jackie Chan, José Ferrer, Kristine DeBell, Mako, Ron Max, David Sheiner, Lenny Montana, Mary Ellen O'Neill, H.B. Haggerty, Rosalind Chao, Larry Drake
Genre: Martial Arts
Rating:  5 (from 2 votes)
Review: Jerry (Jackie Chan) has trained hard to become an expert fighter, and when his father's restaurant is threatened with being taken over by the gangsters of crime boss Dominici (José Ferrer) Jerry finds he has to defend his friends and family. But Dominici has plans for Jerry that involve a no-holds barred fighting match in the Texas town of Battle Creek...

Jackie Chan was one of the biggest stars in the world at the time this was produced, but not in America, so The Big Brawl represented his attempt to get a hit in West. Unfortunately, it didn't do as well as he had hoped, despite the presence of writer and director Robert Clouse, who had directed Enter the Dragon for Bruce Lee, and Chan had to wait until the nineties when he started having successes in the U.S.A. (The Cannonball Run doesn't really count, does it?)

The film plays safe for most of its running time, sticking so closely to the typical Chan formula that it becomes episodic - the only thing that's missing is one of his spectacular stunts. Jerry's father doesn't want him to lead a life of violence, he also has a mentor (Mako) to teach him the most effective fighting methods, he has a friend who is beaten up (for that all-important revenge angle), and there's a drop of comedy along with the action (although nothing too hilarious).

Those action sequences are good enough, including a raucous roller skating race with obstacles like jets of water, jumps onto matresses and aggressive competitors. The final contest itself features a bunch of brawny combatants who look more like wrestlers, and tower over Chan (there's a David and Goliath thing going on). They fight like wrestlers, too, except for one bloke who uses the unconventional method of climbing into a car and trying to run Jerry over with it.

In his first English-speaking role, Chan's delivery has a heavy accent, which may be why his dialogue is kept to a minimum. José Ferrer makes an unlikely Mr Big, especially as his mother is more threatening, and he doesn't even get his comeuppance at the end, despite all the trouble he's caused for our hero. In fact, all the loose ends are tied up in the most perfunctory fashion, but never mind, while this may not be the best of Chan's movies, it provides some entertainment for the most part - if only his opponents were better fighters. Whistley music by Lalo Schifrin.
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 5921 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 

Robert Clouse  (1928 - 1997)

American director who, after directing Darker Than Amber, settled into a string of martial arts thrillers starting with the Bruce Lee favourite Enter the Dragon. His other films include Golden Needles, Black Belt Jones, The Ultimate Warrior, Game of Death, The London Connection, The Big Brawl, camp classic Gymkata, China O'Brien and its first sequel.

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which star do you think makes the best coffee?
Emma Stone
Anna Kendrick
Michelle Rodriguez
Sir Patrick Stewart
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
Stately Wayne Manor
George White
Paul Smith
Andrew Pragasam
Darren Jones
Aseels Almasi
Rashed Ali
   

 

Last Updated: