Can't go wrong with The Twilight Zone. I've also read about a British television version of Requiem for a Heavyweight titled Blood Money from 1957 which starred Sean Connery, but apparently it hasn't survived. Which is a real shame.sticksb wrote:Yes . I've got the old VHS of this. Palance did his whole performance on
the first take (he was actually a great boxer before acting) . The ending
of the play is different from the movie for a more tragic effect . Serling
also boxed in Syracuse when he went to the University . The bin at the
pawn shop also had a copy of the best of season #1 of the Twilight Zone.
Gymkata (1985) starring Kurt Thomas, Tetchie Agbayani, Richard Norton, Buck Kartalian, John Barrett & Bob Schott. A champion American gymnast is specially trained by the U.S. government and sent to a small European country to compete in & win a deadly game in order to secure a satellite monitoring station. Gymkata is a martial arts action film starring former World Champion & Olympic gymnast Kurt Thomas and directed by Robert Clouse of Enter the Dragon fame. The title is suppose to refer to Kurt Thomas' character's fighting style, a mixture of gymastics & karate (though it's never stated in the film), and even though Thomas wasn't a martial artist, I think he did a pretty decent job of mixing whatever martial arts training he received for the role with his world class gymnastic ability. There are some experienced & skilled martial artists in significant roles including Richard Norton (who also did the choreography), John Barrett, Bob Schott and in minor roles as trainers, Tadashi Yamashita & Sonny Barnes. The film itself has kind of an absurd plotline and a subpar production quality, and comes off as unintentionally funny at times. Gymkata definitely isn't one of the best martial arts movies you'll ever see, but it has a certain campy charm to it and is pretty entertaining.
Gymkata (1985) - IMDb
Never Too Young to Die (1986) starring John Stamos, Vanity, Gene Simmons, Peter Kwong, Ed Brock, George Lazenby, John Anderson & Robert Englund. After a secret agent is murdered, his estranged son teams up with an attractive female secret agent to stop a psychopath planning to poison the water supply of a major city. Never Too Young to Die is an action comedy with a sort of "Son of James Bond" vibe. Former 007 George Lazenby plays the role of the James Bond-like Drew Stargrove and seems to have fun doing so, and in his first feature film starring role John Stamos plays his son Lance Stargrove. Rock legend & KISS frontman Gene Simmons play the villain, a campy & odd one to say the least, an evil hermaphrodite named Velvet Von Ragner. You get the feeling the goal was to start a franchise with this film, but the amount of success it achieved, or lack thereof, didn't warrant a sequel. Never Too Young to Die is a pretty fun B-action comedy and amusing for what it is.
Never Too Young to Die (1986) - IMDb