History Film / NoHoldsBarred

8th Feb '17 7:24:33 PM erforce
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In 1988, Wrestling/VinceMcMahon and Wrestling/HulkHogan were eager to take a step into Hollywood. Hogan was at the height of his popularity in the Wrestling/{{WWE}} (then WWF), and in fact, he did have some acting experience, most notably in ''RockyIII'' as Thunderlips. Having Hogan star in his own major motion picture seemed like a natural progression, so Hogan took some time off from wrestling while Wrestling/RandySavage was champion. [=McMahon=] and Hogan collaborated as executive producers, and unleashed '''''No Holds Barred''''' upon the public in 1989.

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In 1988, Wrestling/VinceMcMahon and Wrestling/HulkHogan were eager to take a step into Hollywood. Hogan was at the height of his popularity in the Wrestling/{{WWE}} (then WWF), and in fact, he did have some acting experience, most notably in ''RockyIII'' ''Film/RockyIII'' as Thunderlips. Having Hogan star in his own major motion picture seemed like a natural progression, so Hogan took some time off from wrestling while Wrestling/RandySavage was champion. [=McMahon=] and Hogan collaborated as executive producers, and unleashed '''''No ''No Holds Barred''''' Barred'' upon the public in 1989.
6th Feb '17 9:03:52 AM Briguy52748
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* WouldHitAGirl: Brell ''and'' Zeus both manhandle women at some point.

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* WouldHitAGirl: Brell ''and'' Zeus both manhandle women at some point.point:
** For Zeus, the first moment comes at the seedy bar wherein he is introduced. A waitress tries to greet him at the door, but before she can get two words out, he grabs her by the face, twists it with a vise-like clawhold and then drops her over a stair railing to the floor below, causing presumably serious injuries and drawing blood. Later, during the climatic fight scene, Zeus sees Rip's brother, Randy in the crowd and decides to knock him out of his wheelchair and kick him around; when this happens, Randy's girlfriend, Stephanie, tries to cover him to get Zeus to stop, but he kicks her aside (hard). Shortly thereafter, Rip comes after Zeus, who throws several people, including women and children, into the stairwell into Rip's path. (The noble Rip helps each person up before he gets to Zeus.)
** Brell has been implied to have hit Samantha Moore, his former secretary and tool of seducing his enemies, in the past. When Moore defects to Rip's side and helps him gather ammunition to beat Brell, he sends his goons after her, hoping to kidnap and send Samantha to a horrifyingly brutal fate ... until Rip, out riding his motorcycle, happens to come right around the corner.
6th Feb '17 8:55:49 AM Briguy52748
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* BlackDudeDiesFirst: It is strongly implied that Zeus was killed from the impact of his tumble over the balcony after the climatic fight, having landed so hard on the canvas that the ring imploded. [[spoiler: The man he was working for, Brell, is accidentally electrocuted shortly thereafter.]]
16th Jan '16 3:22:43 PM kawaiineko333
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* [[BroughtToYouByTheLetterS Brought To You By The Letter "Z"]]: Guess who.
10th Aug '15 5:36:23 AM IndirectActiveTransport
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In 1988, VinceMcMahon and HulkHogan were eager to take a step into Hollywood. Hogan was at the height of his popularity in the Wrestling/{{WWE}} (then WWF), and in fact, he did have some acting experience, most notably in ''RockyIII'' as Thunderlips. Having Hogan star in his own major motion picture seemed like a natural progression, so Hogan took some time off from wrestling while RandySavage was champion. [=McMahon=] and Hogan collaborated as executive producers, and unleashed '''''No Holds Barred''''' upon the public in 1989.

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In 1988, VinceMcMahon Wrestling/VinceMcMahon and HulkHogan Wrestling/HulkHogan were eager to take a step into Hollywood. Hogan was at the height of his popularity in the Wrestling/{{WWE}} (then WWF), and in fact, he did have some acting experience, most notably in ''RockyIII'' as Thunderlips. Having Hogan star in his own major motion picture seemed like a natural progression, so Hogan took some time off from wrestling while RandySavage Wrestling/RandySavage was champion. [=McMahon=] and Hogan collaborated as executive producers, and unleashed '''''No Holds Barred''''' upon the public in 1989.



* FinishingMove: Interestingly, Rip's finishing move is a double axe-handle, which is HulkHogan's real-life finisher when wrestling in Japan.

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* FinishingMove: Interestingly, Rip's finishing move is a double axe-handle, which is HulkHogan's Hulk Hogan's real-life finisher when wrestling in Japan.



* PunchPunchPunchUhOh: As is HulkHogan's trademark in the ring.

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* PunchPunchPunchUhOh: As is HulkHogan's Hulk Hogan's trademark in the ring.
30th Jul '15 8:26:46 PM TheWanderer
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* ItsPersonal

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* ItsPersonalItsPersonal[=/=]ItsPersonalWithTheDragon: Once Zeus lays that beating on Randy, Rip cares far more about paying him back than anything to do with Brell.
24th Jul '15 1:25:12 PM Dravencour
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* KickTheDog: This movie has gone out of its way to make the antagonists as despicable as humanly possible. Zeus had beaten up Rip's brother Randy to a point where he can't walk and to add insult to injury, he punched him of his wheelchair and kicked him while he was on the ground. Brell has gone from a Smug {{Corrupt Corporate Executive}} to abusive, by having his old employee Samantha raped by his {{mooks}} for actually caring about Rip, hiring goons to attack Rip just because he had the audacity to say no to Brell, letting Zeus cripple Rip's Brother and blackmailing Rip to throw a match.

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* KickTheDog: This movie has gone out of its way to make the antagonists as despicable as humanly possible. Zeus had beaten up Rip's brother Randy to a point where he can't walk and to add insult to injury, he punched him of his wheelchair and kicked him while he was on the ground. Brell has gone from a Smug {{Corrupt Corporate Executive}} to abusive, by having trying to have his old employee Samantha raped by his {{mooks}} for actually caring about Rip, hiring goons to attack Rip just because he had the audacity to say no to Brell, letting Zeus cripple Rip's Brother brother and blackmailing Rip to throw a match.
6th Jun '15 10:29:22 AM BDA1978
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* InkSuitActor: Seriously, the only differences between Rip and Hulk Hogan are their names and color of their gear (Rip is blue and white, Hogan is red and yellow)
16th Jan '15 12:28:21 PM Warwolf
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* NoSell: Zeus no-sells hits against him up until the final battle. Rip also does so when he enters states of ersatz Hulkomania.

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* NoSell: Zeus no-sells hits against him up until the final battle. Rip also does so when he enters states of ersatz Hulkomania.Hulkamania.



* PunchPunchPunchUhOh: As is HulkHogan's trademark in the ring.

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* PunchPunchPunchUhOh: As is HulkHogan's trademark in the ring.
** Zeus is pretty much made of this till the final moments of the movie, at which point Hogan proceeds to beat the crap out of him.
11th Jan '15 5:03:10 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* TheAce: '''"RRRRRRRRRRIP!!!"'''
* AngerMontage: Rip goes to Zeus' gym for one of these after Zeus sends Rip's little brother to the hospital.

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* TheAce: '''"RRRRRRRRRRIP!!!"'''
''"RRRRRRRRRRIP!!!"''
* AngerMontage: AngerMontage:
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Rip goes to Zeus' gym for one of these after Zeus sends Rip's little brother to the hospital.



** That's Peter Dinklage's first on-screen role.



* TheCameo: Since the movie has a fictionalized version of the [=WWF=], it's no surprise to see Howard Finkel, Gene Okerlund and Jesse "The Body" Ventura show up.
** More surprising is a cameo by Stan Hansen, who wasn't in the WWE at the time.

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* TheCameo: Since the movie has a fictionalized version of the [=WWF=], it's no surprise to see Howard Finkel, Gene Okerlund and Jesse "The Body" Ventura show up. \n** More surprising is a cameo by Stan Hansen, who wasn't in the WWE at the time.



* CorruptCorporateExecutive: ''Holy crap'', '''Brell'''. If [[TheSimpsons C. Montgomery Burns]] didn't exist, Brell would would be the TropeImage.
* DisgustingPublicToilet: One in the BadGuyBar. Complete with some psycho hiding in a stall trolling for teeny weenies.
* [[spoiler: DisneyVillainDeath]]

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* CorruptCorporateExecutive: ''Holy crap'', '''Brell'''. If [[TheSimpsons C. Montgomery Burns]] Brell will stop at nothing to rule the world of television ratings, right up to assault and kidnapping.
* CutLexLuthorACheck: Brell already has the highest-rated show on television. He
didn't exist, Brell would would be need to resort to felonies to force Rip into his ''Battle of the TropeImage.
Tough Guys'' show.
* DisgustingPublicToilet: One in the BadGuyBar. Complete with BadGuyBar, which features an overflowing urinal trough and a guard dog, for some psycho hiding in a stall trolling for teeny weenies.
* [[spoiler: DisneyVillainDeath]]
reason.



* KickTheDog: This movie has gone out of its way to make the antagonists as despicable as humanly possible. Zeus had beaten up Rip's brother Randy to a point where he can't walk and to add insult to injury, he punched him of his wheelchair and kicked him while he was on the ground. Brell has gone from a Smug; {{Corrupt Corporate Executive}} to abusive, by having his old employee Samantha raped by his {{mooks}} for actually caring about Rip, hiring goons to attack Rip just because he had the audacity to say no to Brell, letting Zeus cripple Rip's Brother and blackmailing Rip to throw a match.
* LargeHam: To say Tiny Lister handles the role with NoIndoorVoice would be an understatement. Even his whispering is hammy.
** Of course, Brell is amazingly over the top himself.

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* KickTheDog: This movie has gone out of its way to make the antagonists as despicable as humanly possible. Zeus had beaten up Rip's brother Randy to a point where he can't walk and to add insult to injury, he punched him of his wheelchair and kicked him while he was on the ground. Brell has gone from a Smug; Smug {{Corrupt Corporate Executive}} to abusive, by having his old employee Samantha raped by his {{mooks}} for actually caring about Rip, hiring goons to attack Rip just because he had the audacity to say no to Brell, letting Zeus cripple Rip's Brother and blackmailing Rip to throw a match.
* LargeHam: LargeHam:
**
To say Tiny Lister handles the role with NoIndoorVoice would be an understatement. Even his whispering is hammy.
** Of course, Brell is amazingly over the top himself.



* MundaneMadeAwesome: The prize for winning the ''Battle of the Tough Guys'' was one hundred thousand dollars... '''TAX-FREE.'''
* NoSell

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* MundaneMadeAwesome: The prize for winning the ''Battle of the Tough Guys'' was one hundred thousand dollars... '''TAX-FREE.'''
''TAX-FREE.''
* NoSellNoSell: Zeus no-sells hits against him up until the final battle. Rip also does so when he enters states of ersatz Hulkomania.



* ProWrestlingIsReal

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* ProWrestlingIsRealProWrestlingIsReal: Established in Rip's first scene, where we see from his perspective his vision blurring as the result of a sleeper hold.



* [[ScaryBlackMan Scary Black Man Who Screams All The Time]]

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* [[ScaryBlackMan Scary Black Man Who Screams All The Time]]RedRightHand: Zeus's BigOlUnibrow. Liston's natural lazy eye is also exaggerated. Zeus is never seen without it crossed.
* ScaryBlackMan: Zeus, the only black man of note in the film, as it happens.
* SeriousBusiness: Wrestling. It's single-handedly responsible for the success of World Television Network, and Brell is willing to pay any price to have its biggest star. It's as if the station airs nothing else but a single show.



** Averted with the 2014 Blu-Ray. While the features are still miniscule, there at least ''are'' features: the two WWF matches made to promote the film, and a photo gallery.
* VillainousBreakdown: Brell as Zeus continues to get beaten around by Rip at the end.

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** Averted with the 2014 Blu-Ray. While the features are still miniscule, there at least ''are'' features: the two WWF matches made to promote the film, and a photo gallery.
* VillainousBreakdown: Brell starts trashing his own station equipment as Zeus continues to get gets beaten around by Rip at the end.



* WrestlingMonster

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* WrestlingMonsterWrestlingMonster: Zeus is a seemingly unstoppable force.
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