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Game of Death

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An actor (Bruce Lee) shot by gangsters fakes his death, has plastic surgery and seeks kung-fu revenge.

Cast & Crew

Bruce Lee
Billy-Lo
Gig Young
Jim Marshall
Colleen Camp
Ann Morris
Bob Wall
Carl Miller
Biao Yuen
Billy Lo
Robert Clouse
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John Barry
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Godfrey A. Godar
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Alan Pattillo
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Critic Reviews for Game of Death

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (1) | Fresh (6) | Rotten (6)

  • ...the standard of the choreography is excellent, and the final 20 minutes - which are almost all of Bruce fighting - are well worth holding out for.

    September 26, 2001 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • An all around unfortunate and ill-conceived endeavor, it's a Lee feature for completists only.

    August 26, 2020 | Rating: 0.5/5 | Full Review…
  • The majority of the rescued Lee footage comes at the end -- this part of the film is spectacular and almost makes up for the dreariness of everything that precedes it.

    August 8, 2020 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Game Of Death would be an unconscionable tragedy if it weren't for those glorious moments when the true legend shines so brightly for one last fight.

    August 5, 2020 | Full Review…
  • If the game itself is haunted, which I'm supposing is plausible, there's nothing set up in Game of Death that would even insinuate that possibility, making for an experience that doesn't seem to make a lick of sense.

    March 23, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • To cash in on footage from a film Lee did not finish before his death, producer Chow puts in a double and uses out-takes for this kung-fu mess.

    April 15, 2008 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Game of Death

  • Jun 07, 2013
    This is not Bruce Lee's last film. It is Bruce Lee's last moments condensed in the last 20 minutes. Of course, an irreplaceable legend had abandoned us, but Clouse's obsession with finishing the product was abominable. Out of respect, the entire footage should have been given a documentary treatment. Nobody would have cared about the plot; it was about seeing the HK thunder in action against Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. The entire thing is tragic. The first moment in which the stunt's face was replaced with Lee's face in front of the mirror was scarier than any jump-scare prank in YouTube. 56/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer
  • Mar 04, 2012
    This was a hard movie to sit through to be honest because Bruce Lee died before finishing the movie which is a real shame. Even though the film isn't at the usual standard Bruce Lee know for, it's a overall fun mess of a movie. Game of Death is about a martial arts movie star who fakes his death to find the people who are trying to kill him. Well if you're looking for a intriguing story like in Enter the Dragon prepare to be disappointed because the plot is an excuse for doubles to be in it. The story itself isn't half bad, though it's not half good either. At times it's uninteresting and boring, but I have to give points for it actually fitting in footage with the actual Bruce Lee in so naturally. It works overall as we do get some interesting characters, unfortunately the movie villains aren't. Which is a real shame, this is the only Bruce Lee movie where the villains are not interesting at all. Yet despite the story having some ridiculous moments, I enjoyed it for what it was and applaud there effort for at-least trying. Now there only one reason why I saw this, Bruce Lee kicking ass. While you will have sit through most of the movie before seeing footage from the actual Bruce Lee it'll be worth because it's classic Bruce Lee. As for the double, they do a decent job replacing Bruce Lee for the most part. Though at times they do look ridiculous imitating Bruce Lee bringing in some unintentional laughs. The cast for the villains is more memorable than the movie heroes. The actors who portrayed the villains put more energy into there role, though unfortunately there characters aren't memorable due to the way they were written. I'm not done yet, I've this with my dad because we both like Bruce Lee and we both knew that the movie had allot stock footage being used. Though what I find despicable is that my dad notice the funeral footage during the movie and to my shock. It was actual footage of Bruce Lee funeral, this is no way you respect the actor who made Martial Art movies popular in America. Game of Death is a mess of a movie, but it was a mess of movie I enjoyed despite its many flaws. Though its a shame Bruce Lee never got to finish this movie the way he wanted, fortunately it has some of the last footage Bruce Lee ever filmed and to me it's worth watch for that reason alone.
    Caesar M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 29, 2010
    I am a huge Bruce Lee fan, and this film would've been the best one ever in my opinion if it wasn't for Bruce Lee's very unfortunate death. That didn't stop the filmmakers from finishing the movie. Director Robert Clouse (who also directed Lee in the supremely better Enter the Dragon) hired an actor to stand in for Lee and this is painfully apparent when watching the movie. Basically shots from previous Lee films are spliced in wherever they'll fit...and often where they won't...in order to fake a larger role for the departed master. Perhaps the most degrading moment is using footage of Lee's actual funeral for the funeral scene of his character in this film and is a fine example of unbelievable crassness. The only Bruce Lee action you get to see is in the last 15 to 20 minutes, but it's worth it and has some amazing fight scenes in it including the locker room fight. The final sequence of Bruce facing the various bosses is amazing, with each fight better than the last and an extended Nunchaka scene with the superb Dan Inosanto, so skilled and so fast it has to be seen to be believed! Plus there is a fight with Lee pitted against Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, one of his celebrity pupils. Definitely a must-see if you are interested in fight scenes or the master, Bruce Lee.
    Deb S Super Reviewer
  • May 06, 2009
    If you just watch the fighting scenes at the end, it's enjoyable. The technology to insert Lee's face on someone else's body was not ready and just horrible. This was just a money grab.
    Timothy O Super Reviewer

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