No Holds Barred (1989)



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Hulk Hogan, in an inarguably appropriate casting choice, plays a professional wrestler in this action-packed drama. Rip (Hogan) is a grappling star who is approached by Brell (Kurt Fuller), the new head of the World Television Network. Brell wants Rip to wrestle on his network, but Rip insists on honoring his commitment to another outlet. Brell responds by launching a show called "Battle of the Tough Guys," in which the beefy regulars of a particularly rough drinking establishment fight each other on camera. Zeus (Tom "Tiny" Lister Jr.) soon emerges as the bad guy champion on this new show, and Brell uses Rip's friendship with his assistant Samantha (Joan Severance) to arrange a bout between Zeus and Rip. Rip is not at all interested until Zeus injures his brother and makes the fight a matter of personal pride. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
PG-13 (violence)
Action & Adventure , Comedy , Drama
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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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Kurt Fuller
as Brell
Joan Severance
as Samantha Moore
Bill Henderson
as Charlie
Charles Levin
as Ordway
Jesse Ventura
as Himself
Howard Finkel
as Ring Announcer
David Devries
as Jr. Executive
Diana James
as Squeaky Waitress
Larry Larson
as Spike's Bar Commentator
Mike Scott
as Bulldog McPherson
Bruce Taylor
as Mr. Johnson
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Critic Reviews for No Holds Barred

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (6)

The movie never takes itself seriously and director Tom Wright (TV's "Beauty and the Beast") has fun with the wrestling montages. Hogan himself has an appealing screen presence -- like a gallant teddy bear who goes berserk every 10 minutes or so.

Full Review… | May 29, 2013
Los Angeles Times
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Maybe we should mention that the gruesome violence in the movie was enough to make this adult wince.

Full Review… | May 29, 2013
Toronto Sun
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For months now, Dustin Hoffman and Robert De Niro have been sitting in their dens and nervously clutching their Oscars. They knew that an unprecedented challenge was looming... the arrival of Hulk Hogan in his first starring role in a movie.

Full Review… | May 29, 2013
Philadelphia Inquirer
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The film is utterly lacking in the campy quality of the World Wrestling Federation telecasts.

Full Review… | May 29, 2013
Chicago Tribune
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As cartoonish as its star.

May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Charmless, stupid and badly made, No Holds Barred makes Rocky look like Citizen Pain.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Washington Post
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Audience Reviews for No Holds Barred

20 years before Mickey Rourke in the Wrestler, Terry "Hulk" Hogan gave an Oscar worthy performance in a similar role. I'm kidding, it's crap lol.

Jim Woehr
Jim Woehr

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terrible and classic at the same time

danny d
danny d

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It was cool when I was Little

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