|Only the Strong|
|Directed by||Sheldon Lettich|
|Music by||Harvey W. Mason|
|Edited by||Stephen Semel|
|Box office||$3,273,588 (US)|
Only the Strong is a 1993 martial arts film directed by Sheldon Lettich, starring Mark Dacascos. It is considered to be the only Hollywood film that showcases capoeira, an Afro-Brazilian martial art, from beginning to end.
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Former Green Beret Louis Stevens (Mark Dacascos) returns to his hometown of Miami after completing military service in Brazil, only to learn that his old high school has become a haven for gangs and drug dealers. After Stevens uses his Capoeira skills to kick several drug dealers off the school property, Mr. Kerrigan (Geoffrey Lewis), one of Stevens' old teachers, sees the impact that Stevens has on the students. Kerrigan gives him the task of teaching Capoeira to a handful of the worst at-risk students at the school, giving Stevens an abandoned fire station as their practice area. While doing so, Stevens earns the ire of the local drug lord, Silverio (Paco Christian Prieto), whose younger cousin, Orlando (Richard Coca), is one of Stevens' students. Silverio is also a master of Capoeira, and he engages Stevens in combat, beating him viciously. The horrified Orlando resolves to learn everything he can from Stevens. Stevens' class learns quickly, and they become very skilled at Capoeira. The principal, delighted, proposes a district-wide Capoeira program to the school board. After a field trip with his class, Stevens once again clashes with Silverio, who declares war against him.
Silverio's gang terrorizes the high school and sets fire to Kerrigan's classroom, resulting in the death of one of Stevens' students. As a result of this incident, Stevens is accused at fault, banished from the school grounds and the Capoeira program is terminated. In retaliation to the attack, Stevens sneaks into Silverio's chop shop and defeats the workers before setting a cash-filled car on fire. Furious, Silverio orders the gang to bring Stevens to him alive. Orlando flees to get help. After a desperate battle, Stevens is finally captured and brought to a bonfire, where Silverio awaits. However, Stevens' Capoeira students bar their path in an attempt to rescue their teacher. Before a brawl can ensue, the exhausted Stevens challenges Silverio to a single combat to win back his students. Despite a grueling battle, Stevens defeats Silverio before the police arrive, sending the gang scattering in all directions. With this defeat, Silverio's reputation as crime lord is gone.
Stevens' Capoeira program proves such a success that his students graduate from high school. To celebrate, they join a Brazilian Capoeira team to perform for Stevens at the graduation ceremony.
- Mark Dacascos as Louis Stevens
- Stacey Travis as Dianna
- Paco Christian Prieto as Silverio
- Geoffrey Lewis as Mr. Kerrigan
- Todd Susman as Mr. Cochran
- Jeffrey Anderson-Gunter as Philippe
- Richard Coca as Orlando Aliveres
- Roman Cardwell as Shay
- Ryan Bollman as Donovan
- Christian Klemash as Eddie
- John Fionte as Hector Cervantes
- John Gregory Kasper as Coach Kasper
- Phyllis Sukoff as Mrs. Esposito
- Mellow Man Ace as the Student Rapper
- Sergio Kato as Silverio's Bodyguard
Though Mark Dacascos is a talented martial artist, his background is not initially in Capoeira. Just prior to his audition, he received his training from famed Capoeirista Mestre Amen Santo, who was responsible for much of the fight choreography and has a small role in the film.
The film's soundtrack features Capoeira music performed by Jibril Serapis Bey, Ilesa Anago Africa and 'Amen' Santo, along with hip-hop songs by Mellow Man Ace, Iki Levy, New Version of Soul and Miami Boyz. The most prominent songs in the film are Jibril Serapis Bey's 'Paranauȇ' and 'Zoom-Zoom-Zoom' - the latter being more well known as the theme song for Mazda's TV commercials.
|1.||'Paranauê' (Produced by Kao Rossman, Stuart Shapiro)||Kao Rossman, Stuart Shapiro||Serapis Bey||3:10|
|2.||'Miami Boyz' (Produced by Kid Fury of Bass Patrol)||B. Graham, A. Cuff||Miami Boyz||3:51|
|3.||'Zoom-Zoom-Zoom' (Produced by Kao Rossman)||Kao Rossman||Serapis Bey||2:53|
|4.||'Comin' Together' (Produced by Scott G., Iki Levy)||Iki Levy, Scott G.||-||1:37|
|5.||'Babalu Bad Boy' (Produced by DJ Muggs)||U. Reyes, L. Muggerud||Mellow Man Ace||3:43|
|6.||'Swang Da Funk' (Produced by Blueblood, LROC)||Blueblood, LROC, M. Johnson, King Black, C Wave, E. Roc Drah, M. Crocker||New Version of Soul||4:17|
|7.||'Donovan's Mix' (Produced: Stuart Shapiro, Kao Rossman. Remixed: Jimmy Starr)||Kao Rossman, Tony Vargas||Vocal Samples: Corey Franklin||2:55|
|8.||'Olelê, O'Lalá' (Produced by Kao Rossman)||Tony Vargas||Serapis Bey||3:09|
|9.||'Enter The Dojo' (Produced by Scott G., Iki Levy)||Iki Levy||-||3:22|
|10.||'Only the Strong' (Produced by Scott G., Iki Levy)||Kao Rossman, Stuart Shapiro, Iki Levy, Scott G., Marcel 'ICB' Branch, Patrick 'Dizon' McCain, Donna Simon||Marcel 'ICB' Branch, Patrick 'Dizon' McCain, Donna Simon||4:10|
|11.||'Only the Strong (Remix)' (Produced & Remix by The Baker Boys)||Kao Rossman, Stuart Shapiro, Iki Levy, Scott G., Marcel 'ICB' Branch, Patrick 'Dizon' McCain, Donna Simon||Marcel 'ICB' Branch, Patrick 'Dizon' McCain, Donna Simon||3:04|
|12.||'Ogum Drum Music' (Only in Movie)||-||Ilesa Anago Africa|
|13.||'Capoeira Song (Brazilian Village)' (Only in Movie)||Claudio Carniero||'Amen' Santo|
Box office and reception
Only the Strong earned US$3,273,588 at the U.S. box office, making only more than half of its US$6 million budget.
The film was universally panned by critics, earning a 0% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on twelve reviews.Roger Ebert gave the film one out of four stars, saying, 'The message of a movie like Only the Strong, building on the fascist undertones of its title, is almost cruel in its stupidity and naivete. It's almost a relief that few people in the audience for such a film ever remember if it even had a message or not.' Joe Brown of The Washington Post also wrote a scathing review, saying it 'relies slightly less relentlessly on violence for its own sake than most in this genre, but 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.'
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Only The Strong is a 1993 live-action film starring Mark Dacascos and distributed by 20th Century Fox.
Louis Stevens (Dacascos), having completed his tour as a Green Beret in Brazil, returns to his old Miami neighborhood to find that the local high school has been overrun by drug dealers. He intervenes in a dispute with one of the more prominent dealers, an act that ends with the gangsters being forced off campus. Seeing this, Louis' old teacher Mr. Kerrigan (Geoffrey Lewis) brings a proposal to the principal of teaching the art of capoeira (which Louis learned while in Brazil) to several of the school's worst at-risk students as a means of instilling discipline into them.
However, Louis' earlier intervention with the drug dealer does not go down well with the local drug kingpin Silverio, who is himself a Capoeira master and proceeds to viciously beat Louis as a warning not to interfere. Louis eventually recovers, but what follows is a fight to liberate the neighborhood from Silverio's influence.
Only the Strong provides examples of:
- Artistic License – Martial Arts: Averted for the most part, as the film makes a pretty good job of portraying the culture of capoeira in such a reduced context, but several of the fight scenes indulge in the standard kung fu flick kicking instead of showing the intrincated game of dodges and level switches which is instrumental to the Brazilian style. This is justified because Mark Dacascos had never trained in capoeira until this very film and already had a background in other martial arts.
- Badass Boast: Between Silverio and Louis during their second confrontation:Silverio: This time, I play for keeps.
- Badass Teacher: Louis himself, although technically he's not a member of the school faculty.
- Benevolent Boss: Silverio is this to his henchmen and a good deal of the people in his section of the neighborhood. As Orlando says about his cousin, 'They're either scared of him or they think he's Robin Hood.'
- Berserk Button: Silverio does not take it well when he learns that Louis has wrecked his chop-shop.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Silverio does this to Louis during their first meeting.
- Dreadlock Rasta: Philippe, Silverio's enforcer, sports the hairstyle.
- Heel–Face Revolving Door: Orlando, Silverio's cousin, has to choose between his respect for Louis and his loyalty to his cousin. He chooses the former.
- Police are Useless: It's justified, though, as a cop indicates that Silverio's history of intimidating potential witnesses who would otherwise give testimony against him has left the police unable to arrest him on any solid charges.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Louis goes on one against Silverio's operatives after Donovan's death.
- Skewed Priorities: Donovan dies because he runs back into the burning building to save a musical instrument.
- Why Don't Ya Just Shoot Him?: Philippe thinks Silverio should do this to Louis. However, Silverio refuses on the grounds that doing so will make Louis a martyr in the eyes of the neighborhood and thus cement his positive influence, which would undermine Silverio's power in the process.