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Cast: William H. Macy, Chazz Palminteri, Sarita Allen, Gary Aprahamian, B.J. Barie, Janet Bloem, Roger Campbell, Julius Carry, Lia Chang, Charlene and others
Berry Gordy's The Last Dragon (1985)
Directed by Michael Schultz
Produced by Rupert Hitzig
Written by Louis Venosta
Music by Bruce Miller
Cinematography James A. Contner
Editing by Christopher Holmes
Distributed by Tri-Star Pictures
Release date(s) March 22, 1985
Running time 109 min.
Country United States
Berry Gordy's The Last Dragon is a 1985 martial arts film, produced by Rupert Hitzig for Berry Gordy and directed by Michael Schultz.
The film stars Taimak, Vanity, Julius Carry, Christopher Murney, and Faith Prince. Choreography was by Lester Wilson and Lawrence Leritz. The film was released in theatres by TriStar Pictures on March 22, 1985.
Set in New York City, the plot follows a black teenage martial arts student named Leroy Green (often referred to as "Bruce Leroy", although he never actually calls himself that). With dreams of becoming a great martial artist like his idol Bruce Lee, Leroy goes on a quest to achieve the highest level of martial arts accomplishment, known as "The Final Level". Martial artists who reach the "Final Level" possess "The Glow". As its name suggests it is a mystical energy that can be tapped into by a martial arts master. When a fighter's hands glow, he is one of the best in the world and when his entire body glows, he is the greatest fighter alive. On his journey to becoming the "Last Dragon" and wielding the power of "The Glow," Leroy must confront villains such as a crooked arcade mogul Eddie Arkadian (Murney) and the evil Sho'nuff, the Shogun of Harlem, from whom he must also protect his younger brother Richie (Leo O'Brien) and his love interest, TV music video host Laura Charles (Vanity).
Featured in this film is a DeBarge song, "Rhythm of the Night", written by Diane Warren. The song reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on the Billboard R&B charts.
A remake of the movie is currently in the works, with Samuel L. Jackson assuming the role of Sho'nuff. John Davis of Davis Entertainment and Gordy's son Kerry Gordy, along with the RZA are set to produce. Penning the screenplay as well as producing is Dallas Jackson, who heads up the urban family label DJ Classicz with Davis.
Languages: English, French, Portuguese (2.0)
Subs: English, French, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, Thai, Spanish
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
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