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#1 Posted on 19.3.06 1748.36
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This is a weird request: I love tournaments. My favorite angle of all time was the 32-man WCW tournament won by Bret Hart. My favorite PPV was Survior Series 98 (?) featuring the WWF title tournament won by the Rock. I love any and all movies featuring some kind of elimination tournament - especially if it actually plays out all the way to the end. The problem is I think I might have seen them all.

The best of these, of course, is Bloodsport. The Quest isn't bad also. There's a bunch of other B-level kung-fu type movies (the best of which featured a guy who had a blade in his hair as the penulimate character) that I've seen. But if you know of others, please list them. I'm totally jonesing for a tournament movie. Even something along the lines of the Karate Kid if need be. Heck, even if they don't freature martial arts. Dodgeball's a tournament movie.

The more that there is absolutely no plot other than "who will win the tournament" the better. This is why Bloodsport rules, although the cops and the love interest should have been taken out in favor of some matches and tournament characters.

Also, the following types of movies don't count: stuff like "Best of the Best" which is strictly one-on-one compitition, without any elimiation and advancement. Also stuff like "Enter the Dragon," where the tournament never ends up going past the first round.
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#2 Posted on 19.3.06 1806.37
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Almost all sports movies can fit in here.

The Major League movies
The Mighty Ducks movies
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#3 Posted on 19.3.06 2014.37
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    The Major League movies

I don't recommend them:
  • Major League: Unlikely motley-crew Indians win division and reach playoffs. Takes place only during regular season.
  • ML 2: Indians face White Sox in League Championship. The only movie in the series where any form of playoffs are shown.
  • Back to the Minors: Minor League team challenges Twins.
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#4 Posted on 19.3.06 2116.01
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JUst because I saw it today:

Dodgeball
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#5 Posted on 19.3.06 2129.42
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Never can go wrong with Hoosiers and the Indiana State Basketball Tournament.
Over the Top builds up to an arm wrestling tournament.

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#6 Posted on 19.3.06 2347.44
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    Originally posted by brick
    JUst because I saw it today:

    Dodgeball



Dodgeball for me also.
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#7 Posted on 20.3.06 0747.00
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Two movies: Mortal Kombat and The Wizard. The second MK movie might have also featured a tournament, but that was an awful, AWFUL movie. I must admit though, the tournament in The Wizard doesn't come until the second half of the movie, and no one would ever be able to figure out the brackets for the Mortal Kombat tournament merely by watching the movie (there's clearly advancement though).

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#8 Posted on 20.3.06 1324.01
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Searching for Bobby Fischer culminates in a tournament, and is an excellent movie to boot.

Side Out culminates in a beach volleyball tournament, and is an awful movie to boot.







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#9 Posted on 25.3.06 1412.28
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How about Van Damme's "Bloodsport"?

It has that look and feel of a martial arts tournament that games like Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat have been trying to emulate.

(edited by Zeruel on 25.3.06 1514)
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#10 Posted on 25.3.06 1423.37
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    Originally posted by Zeruel
    How about Van Damme's "Bloodsport"?

    It has that look and feel of a martial arts tournament that games like Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat have been trying to emulate.

    (edited by Zeruel on 25.3.06 1514)

To be fair, Street Fighter was released in '87 and Bloodsport in '88.

Edit: somehow I typed in 89 when I meant 88.


(edited by ShotGunShep on 25.3.06 1457)
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#11 Posted on 25.3.06 1424.36
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One of the Karate Kid movies was based in a tournament, I think. Wasn't it number two or three?
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#12 Posted on 25.3.06 1443.18
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Call me crazy, but wasn't there a tournament at the end of Vision Quest? I don't have a copy of the film (which was required watching when I was a middle/high school wrestler), but I think the ending takes place at the state wrestling tournament. Good movie with Matthew Modine and Linda Fiorentino and Madonna as a singer at a bar.
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#13 Posted on 25.3.06 1532.41
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They're not movies, although you can get them on DVD, but tournaments are a huge cliche of any combat-based anime series. Dragonball, Pokemon, Yu Yu Hakusho, and probably a dozen more that I can't think of at the moment all have storylines revolving around tournaments at some point.
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#14 Posted on 25.3.06 1640.04
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    Originally posted by ShotGunShep
      Originally posted by Zeruel
      How about Van Damme's "Bloodsport"?

      It has that look and feel of a martial arts tournament that games like Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat have been trying to emulate.

      (edited by Zeruel on 25.3.06 1514)

    To be fair, Street Fighter was released in '87 and Bloodsport in '89.


I was actually referring to SFII. You can see some prototypes for characters like Honda, Blanka and Sagat in "Bloodsport" and Dux is basically Guile, who Van Damme plays in "Street Fighter."
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#15 Posted on 25.3.06 1701.10
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Go out and rent the earliest UFCs, they were originally one night tournaments.

Pride FC still uses the tournament style. Usually one round per PPV until the semi's and finals which are in one night. They are having an open weight tournament this year, so that would be actually exactly what you are looking for sans, Frank Dux's lying ass and fighters going blind.
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#16 Posted on 25.3.06 1701.53
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Stallone in Over the Top, hands down (pun intended). I enjoy this movie every time I watch it. Who knew there could be so much drama built around arm wrestling!
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#17 Posted on 26.3.06 0446.44
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There's the documentary "Spellbound," which is about spelling bees. Does that count? You get to watch little kids have their hopes and dreams crushed one by one!

Speaking of documentaries, there's a good one called "Hands on a Hard Body": this radio station in Texas sponsors a contest where they take a couple of dozen people and a brand-new, fully-loaded truck...everybody stands around, keeping one hand on the truck at all times, and the last one standing gets to keep the truck.

Neither of these are really "tournaments," but they do feature eliminations, so I thought they might fill the need.

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#18 Posted on 26.3.06 2202.05
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Van Damme's The Quest is another tournament movie FYI.
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#19 Posted on 26.3.06 2245.09
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And who could forget the forerunner/inspiration for both Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat - "Master of the Flying Guillotine"
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#20 Posted on 27.3.06 1222.12
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The Quick and the Dead. Definately tournament and mostly everyone dies!
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