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The Battle Creek Brawl (1980)

Cast: Jackie Chan, Jackie Chan, Josť Ferrer, more...
Director: Robert Clouse, Robert Clouse
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Studio: 20th Century Fox
Genre: Action, Slapstick, Martial Arts
Running Time: 95 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English
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Synopsis
After the death of Bruce Lee in 1973, writer/director Robert Clouse made several attempts to reproduce the success of his Enter the Dragon, which belatedly made Lee a household name in America. Clouse felt (with good reason) that Jackie Chan could be the next big martial arts star in America, and he crafted this feature with him in mind. Jerry Kwan (Chan) is a Korean immigrant trying to make good in Chicago in the 1930s. Work isn't easy to find for an Asian immigrant. Jerry is forced by Domenici (Jose Ferrer), a well-connected mobster, to represent him in a no-holds-barred, winner-take-all battle in Texas. But can Jerry handle the pressure? The Big Brawl was Jackie Chan's first starring role in an American film, but Chan wouldn't break through in the United States until the 1996 U.S. release of Rumble in the Bronx. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

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great for chan fans. by kagekirazuul August 12, 2006 - 4:35 PM PDT
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ok, first off, this is an action comedy film. Jackie Chan is the star, but Mako has a substantial role as Chan's elder uncle who teaches him Kung Fu. I'll give you that the wardrobe dept. had some mishaps with the 80's clothing during a rollerderby that's supposed to take place in the 30's. All in all, though, if you like Chan for his action and his comedy, then you will not be disappointed. Also, Mad Props for showcasing the values of new immigrants being contrasted against the more established stock of America.

don't see this by GreenvilleB March 27, 2005 - 8:07 PM PST
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0 out of 1 members found this review helpful
The text in the description says it all...

"The Big Brawl was Jackie Chan's first starring role in an American film, but Chan wouldn't break through in the United States until the 1996 U.S. release of Rumble in the Bronx."

Rumble in the Bronx was at least the fifth Chan movie I saw. It sucked. This movie is much worse.

It's Chan doing obvious one-take stunts (not his MO) with slow and stupid American stunt man.

Bad bad bad.

The only worse Chan movie that I have seen is "Fantasy Mission Force", and it's only bad if you watch it. If you fast forward both movies for the stunts, FMF is better.




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