Director: Thomas J. Wright
Writer: Dennis Hackin
Music By : Jim Johnston
Co-Executive Producer: Richard Glover
Executive Producer: Hulk Hogan
Producer: Vince McMahon
The subject of this installment of wrestling movies is the classic “No Holds Barred”. The 1989 feature film that stars no other than the immortal Hulk Hogan as a professional wrestler, who is in fight of his life against an evil network executive. Let me begin with this disclaimer; if you are not a wrestling fan do not bother to tune in.
The movie is actually produced by the WWF and Vince McMahon under the the “Shane Distribution Company”. There are cameos from Jesse Ventura and Mean Gene Okerland as commentators and Howard Finkel as the ring announcer. You also get to see the legendary Stan Hansen who plays rugged tough guy at the bar visited by the television executives.
Now if you are a wrestling fan than you definitely need to see this movie. Hulk Hogan plays a character who is close to his real life self at the time. His name is Rip and he is the biggest attraction on television as the WWF Champion. Rip is motivated by his younger brother Randy who is ringside at all of his big matches. He attracts the interest of a rival network executive Brell (Kurt Fuller) who wants to boost his network’s ratings.
Rip does not take accept Brell’s offer to join his network and chooses to stay faithful. Brell decides to start his own show called “Battle of The Tough Guys” which becomes extremely popular with the introduction of a man called Zeus. Zeus is an ex-convict who actually killed an opponent in a ring once. Even with this success Brell still wants to get his hands on Rip and have him on his network. Through a series of twist and turns Rip will be forced to take on Brell’s monster Zeus in the fight of his life.
This Movies is Rated World Champ
Keith B. Holt
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