Only the Strong (1993)

PG-13   |    |  Action, Drama

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Ex-Special Forces soldier Louis Stevens returns to Miami to find his former high school overrun by drugs and violence. A master of the Brazilian martial art, capoeira, Stevens pledges to ... See full summary »




  • Mark Dacascos in Only the Strong (1993)
  • Mark Dacascos in Only the Strong (1993)
  • Mark Dacascos in Only the Strong (1993)
  • Sergio Pereira and Sergio Kato in Only the Strong (1993)
  • Mark Dacascos and Joselito 'Amen' Santo in Only the Strong (1993)
  • Mark Dacascos in Only the Strong (1993)

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9 January 2004 | Cavedog_pdx
| Not meant to be funny, but it really is!
First off, the capoiera scenes in the movie are amazing! Capoiera is the Brazilian martial art designed to allow one to fight while in chains ergo the cartwheels and acrobatics. The music is a lot of fun too and the soundtrack is a lot of fun!

However, this is one of the worst offenders of movies that have thirty year old high school students - er - actors in their late 20s playing 16 year olds. The main character does a Michelle Pfeiffer-esque dangerous minds revolution in what is supposed to be the worst high school in LA by taking a group of the "worst" students and teaching them martial arts. Well these "worst" students actually just seem like wise cracking slackers and not all that bad. Many are just quiet and look bored. The bad guys in the movie are also capoiera experts. Who'd have thought there'd be a Brazilian capoiera gang right there in Los Angeles? Okay the movie is utterly unbelievable but the funnest thing about this movie is the blatantly thick overtones of homo-eroticism. Seriously it's just a crack up seeing these guys trying to act all macho while doing these martial arts. Perhaps it's bad acting combined with excess testosterone but it's a hoot to behold! Very much a party movie for your gay friends!

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Release Date:

27 August 1993


English, Portuguese

Country of Origin

USA, France

Filming Locations

Miami, Florida, USA

Box Office


$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,286,889 29 August 1993

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:


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