Only the Strong (1993)



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Movie Info

In this off-beat actioner, a former officer in the Green Beret comes back to his old stomping grounds in Miami and, seeing that his high school is overrun by a vicious drug lord, decides to take some of the school's toughest students and turn them into crime-fighting units by teaching them the venerable Brazilian martial art, capoeira.

Rating: PG-13
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Sheldon Lettich
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 16, 2003



as Dianna

as Kerrigan

as Orlando

as Cochran

as Donovan

as Green Beret Sergeant

as Chop Shop Foreman

as Welder

as Cuban Coffee Drinker

as Jamaican Dealer

as Brazilian Capoeira P...

as Brazilian Capoeira P...

as Student
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Critic Reviews for Only the Strong

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (8)

The cinematography is jarring and dizzying at times; the acting mediocre.

Full Review… | June 17, 2014
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Only the simple-minded will find much to cheer in this martial arts actioner, which has the queasy feel of a movie slapped together by the marketing department.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

A paean to the Brazilian martial art of capoeira harks back to those break-dancing quickies.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

A movie that exists solely for its fight sequences and to show off its star's muscles and gymnastic grace.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

If only the plot were a little less obvious, the confrontations a little less cliched.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

The film is clumsily assembled and edited, heavy on the slow-mo, and its simplistic story plays like The Kids From Fame armed with very sharp knives.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Only the Strong

Definitely a 90s movie, no more, no less. A good action flick overall. My major problem was the way that the bad guy talked...his voice was terrible, I couldnt take him seriously, I just laughed every time he was on the screen.

Megan S

Super Reviewer

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EightThirty .

Super Reviewer

Mark Dacascos makes a fantastic performance as a world-class, martial arts champion pits his strength and know-how against juvenile gangs and teaches them self-respect. The martial-arts sequences using the Brazilian Capoeira techniques are exciting to watch, and the story, though predictable, is well staged and well acted.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

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