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MMA Movie Alert: Think ‘The Karate Kid’, But With an Autistic Cage-Fighter

(Props: nacejfa, via CagePotato reader Ed S.)

Here we have the trailer for The Great Fight, which is about an autistic savant (and state-capital buff) who discovers he has inborn MMA skills. When he whups up on some school bullies, their sensai (yeah) makes it a personal mission to smash him and his coach. It’s like The Karate Kid meets Rain Man meets somebody’s half-assed student film project.

Look, I want to take this movie seriously. Robert Loggia‘s in it, for God’s sake. But then you show me the John Kreese-knockoff villain* who looks like he just came from a gig with his Village People tribute act — acting as his own representation in the courtroom scene! — and Loggia growling in the kid’s face, and the audience of seat-fillers during the climactic fight (1:59-2:00), who are clearly bored off their asses. Warrior, it ain’t.

* According to IMDb, Martin Kove, the actor who played John Kreese, is actually in this movie. And so is Joyce DeWitt, best known as Janet from Three’s Company. Let that be a warning to all you young, aspiring actors. It can all go away so fast, and this is the kind of shit you’ll need to do to pay the bills.

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XENOPHON- August 13, 2011 at 9:04 am
I think Kimbo interviews well, and this was one of his better non-scripted interviews.
I know there's not much love for Bird-Slice, but he did come from the concrete jungle and did alright in his MMA fights given the limited amount training he was able to clock.
In his last fights, his athleticism started to show through.
Sure he was a money card for the syndicates, but I'd give him props for stepping in the cage.
It would be like one of you trying to beat me at Badminton...
XENOPHON- August 13, 2011 at 8:22 am
Real Question Is, "Who actually read the script and the decided to fork over the cash to pay for having the film produced? "
intercept440- August 12, 2011 at 9:21 pm
ok i get it .. this is one of those hey its ok that your retarded can overcome and achieve greatness ...right?.
sadly no, this is even a worse premise than teaching a midget to try to be a tiger tamer......

this show=bigger flop than pluto nash
fasdfa- August 12, 2011 at 6:19 am
Create a popular, handsome show pride of spirit.
Clyde- August 12, 2011 at 5:55 am
MST3k was made for shit like this.
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Jason Moles- August 11, 2011 at 5:32 pm
Richard Fitzentite- August 11, 2011 at 3:15 pm
I saw this at Cannes, it brought the fucking house down. The director said the lead villan was also the referee for the "All Valley Karate Tournament" scene in Karate Kid.
J-Dog- August 11, 2011 at 2:27 pm
The moustachioed villain immediately made me think of Ben Stiller's character in "Dodgeball"
Vunter Slaush- August 11, 2011 at 2:18 pm
wait, this is a serious movie?
FightZen- August 11, 2011 at 2:06 pm
Did he call him "Savant Boy"? That may be the worst insult of all time. Why not just call him "T-shirt wearing boy"?
agentsmith- August 11, 2011 at 1:47 pm
"So is this the Matt Hamill documentary?"
+1 to you, sir.
PingPong- August 11, 2011 at 1:45 pm
That bad guy looks like a pre-AIDS Freddy Mercury.
WarpedAcorn- August 11, 2011 at 12:57 pm
This is the sequel to Chocolate right?
O Chan- August 11, 2011 at 12:53 pm
There's got to be a "retard strength" joke in there somewhere.
Fried Taco- August 11, 2011 at 12:25 pm
This is all kinds of awesome! And with Joyce DeWitt, it can't get any better.
KarmaAteMyCat- August 11, 2011 at 12:18 pm
I'll watch it.
danomite- August 11, 2011 at 12:18 pm
an autistic cage fighter? Really Hollywood? The only movie I've seen with a more outlandish premise than this was this one called "A fighting chance" about a fighter with no arms or legs.
Sloppyspray- August 11, 2011 at 12:17 pm
Seriously I never complained about that captcha (mainly b/c I didnt get any crazy shit) but I just got a gamma symbol and cross-hairs. WTF.
Sloppyspray- August 11, 2011 at 12:16 pm
So is this the Matt Hamill documentary?