The Way Of The Dragon

Golden Harvest / Concorde Productions inc. Released 1972




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Bruce Lee

A man visiting his relatives in Rome uses his unmatched martial arts skills to fight off some thugs who have been harassing them at their restaurant. With none of the thugs a match for him, their boss hires a karate champion to take him out leading to an epic showdown.

Metacritic Score

  • 80


    Way Of The Dragon is memorable purely for its final Coliseum-set showdown between Lee and Chuck Norris (at the time the holder of countless US and World Karate championships). This...

  • 60

    Time Out

    The film has the roughness you might expect in a first directorial effort, and also a perhaps unexpected leaning towards comedy. Lee makes great play on his character as the countr...

  • 50

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    This sort of stuff is magnificently silly, and Lee, to give him credit, never tried to rise above it. If a movie like this were directed seriously, it would be a disaster.

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    • The movie was Bruce Lee's directorial debut and Chuck Norris's first credited acting job leading to a fruitful career.

    • The role of Colt was originally given to karate champion, Joe Lewis. He and Bruce fell out and the role was given to Chuck.

    • The title was changed in America to Return of the Dragon to cash in on the success of Enter the Dragon, even though the film is not a sequel and was made a year earlier.

    • Taglines:
      1. The Colosseum . . the battleground of Bruce Lee and Chuck Norris
      2. MAN, CAN WE USE HIM NOW! Bruce Lee is back in the fantastic all new adventures of the Super Hero from "Enter the Dragon..." ..his last performance is his best!

    • Production budget - $23,000
      Domestic gross - $85,000,000 (5th)

      Domestic adjusted for 2013 - $370,909,909

    • Music:
      As A Judgement
      (Colt's Theme)
      by Ennio Morricone

    • Filming locations:
      Via Vittorio Veneto, Rome Italy
      Piazza del Popolo, Rome, Lazio, Italy
      Fontana di Trevi, Rome, Lazio, Italy
      Via Caio Cestio, Rome, Italy
      Via di San Gregorio, Rome, Italy
      La Villa d'Este, Tivoli, Rome, Lazio, Italy
      Fiumicino Airport, Fiumicino, Lazio, Italy
      Piazza Navona, Rome, Lazio, Italy
      Rome, Lazio, Italy
      The Colosseum, Rome, Lazio, Italy


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