September 8th, 1989



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KickboxerKickboxerJean Claude Van Damm and Haskell Vaughn Anderson III

Kurt Sloane must learn the ancient kick boxing art of Muay Thai in order to avenge his brother.

Release Year: 1989

Rating: 5.7/10 (16,449 voted)

Director: Mark DiSalle

Stars: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dennis Alexio, Dennis Chan

Kurt Sloan is the corner-man for his brother, U.S. kickboxing champion Eric Sloan. When Kurt witnesses his brother become maliciously paralyzed in the ring by Thailand champion Tong Po, Kurt vows revenge. With the help of Zion, a kickboxing trainer who lives in a remote area of Thailand, Kurt trains for the fight of his life.

Writers: Mark DiSalle, Glenn A. Bruce

Jean-Claude Van Damme - Kurt Sloane
Dennis Alexio - Eric Sloane
Dennis Chan - Xian Chow
Michel Qissi - Tong Po
Haskell V. Anderson III - Winston Taylor
Rochelle Ashana - Mylee
Ka Ting Lee - Freddy Li
Richard Foo - Tao Liu
Ricky Liu - Big Thai Man
Ho Ying Sin - Huge Village Man #1
Tony Chan - Huge Village Man #2
Brad Kerner - U.S. Announcer
Dean Harrington - U.S. Announcer
Mark DiSalle - U.S. Reporter
Richard Santoro - U.S. Reporter

Taglines: Action has a new hero

Release Date: 8 September 1989

Filming Locations: Bangkok, Thailand

Box Office Details

Budget: $1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: DEM 863,114 (West Germany) (27 April 1989) (75 Screens)

Gross: $14,697,005 (USA)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

The scene in which Kurt has meat tied to his leg and is chased by Xian Chow's dog was inspired by a real-life event in which a young Jean-Claude Van Damme was ordered by his karate teacher to wear a protective suit and withstand the attempts of a trained dog to pull him to the ground.

Revealing mistakes: When Kurt is loading his brother into the van on the stretcher after the fight when he has just been paralyzed his feet are sticking out, but when the door is being shut he pulls them in.

Kurt Sloane: Watch your wallet.
Eric Sloane: She doesn't want my wallet. She wants to make it with the champ!

User Review

Revenge of the 80's: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Superstar.

Rating: 7/10

Kickboxer (1989) was another in a long line of star vehicles for the "Muscles from Brussels". In this picture J.C.V.D. plays the younger brother of a unbeaten American kick boxer who lusts for some real competition. So he decides to go to the home of Muay Thai kick boxing, Thailand. There he realizes that he doesn't know squat about the true art of kick boxing. He learns a painful lesson. His younger brother decides to learn Muay Thai and avenge his brother's honor.

Not a bad movie. Entertaining and a good time waster. But for some reason the producers decided to franchise out this series. The rest of the films are a mixed bag at best. The more they made the least interesting they became until the final results were unwatchable. As always with these films the first film is usually the best of the bunch. Jean-Claude plays his character with a thick euro-accent (I forgot how they explained it). He's physically impressive so it's kind of hard to swallow his naiveté about fighting and what not. Or well. Fun for all.



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