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Film / Honor and Glory

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Honor and Glory is a 1993 action film starring Cynthia Rothrock.

FBI agent Tracy Pride (Rothrock) is on a mission to bust Jason Slade, a corrupt bank president who is trying to sell a stolen atomic device. Also on Slade's trail are Tracy's sister Joyce, a TV reporter, and their father John, a CIA agent. Conveniently, all of these characters are trained in kung fu.

This film provides examples of:

  • A God Am I: Jason Slade sees himself this way.
    Slade: "I'm like a god! I'll piss on you... from a great height!"
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  • Alternate DVD Commentary: In 2016 the film was the subject of a RiffTrax commentary featuring Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy, and Bill Corbett.
  • Amusing Injuries: It's hard not to crack a smile while Mickey is getting his ass kicked by Hideo.
  • Anachronism Stew: Although the film presumably takes place in the present day of 1993, there is a mention of Soviet intelligence. It is possible that the script was written before the Great Politics Mess Up of 1991.
  • Awesome Mc Coolname: Dragon Lee.
  • Bodyguard Betrayal: Well, not so much a betrayal as a resignation.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Joyce takes her father to task for ignoring her during her childhood.
  • Butt-Monkey: Mickey.
  • Dawson Casting: Mickey is called a "kid", but is played by a thirty-something man. Sifu is Joyce's godfather, but they appear to be about the same age.
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  • Death Montage: The non-cooperative BBTI executives are wiped out by Hideo.
  • Disposable Sex Worker: Averted. None of the prostitutes in the film are killed, but their pimp is.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: Despite being totally out of his depth, Mickey keeps trying to help Joyce catch Slade.
  • Easily Forgiven: Joyce instantly forgets her resentment of her father after he is taken hostage by Slade.
  • Every Body Was Kung Fu Fighting: Everyone in this film's universe seems to be trained in martial arts.
    [Jake Armstrong morosely kicks a soda can.]
    Bill Corbett: "So far that can is the only character that doesn't know kung fu."
  • "Friends" Rent Control: Mickey is often referred to as a "kid", and seems to have no job, but he owns a nice house in a D.C. suburb.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Jake Armstrong quits Slade's employ rather than be "party to murder", though it's worth noting that he does nothing to prevent that murder from happening.
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  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: How the dragon dies.
  • Ironic Echo: "Only death can retire Jason Slade!"
  • Juggle Fu: To show off her mad skills, Joyce picks up a ringing phone with a long stick and tosses it to herself.
    Bill Corbett: "Yes, that took fifty-seven takes."
  • Kick the Dog: Jason Slade is given several opportunities to exhibit his dickishness. In one of the strangest examples, he blows off a prayer breakfast with Ronald Reagan, scoffing "to hell with that old bastard!"
  • Kingpin in His Gym: Jason Slade spends much of his time working out with exotic martial arts equipment.
  • Never Bring a Knife to a Fist Fight: Joyce is attacked by the daughter of a senator she exposed. The woman pulls a knife and is promptly dispatched with kung fu.
  • Overcrank: Especially during Joyce's workout scenes, and when Tracy is fighting Silk.
  • Scenery Porn: Definitely averted. This film was shot in drab D.C. suburbs, often during overcast weather.
    Bill Corbett: "The chase for glory takes you through a lot of suburban Virginia strip malls."
  • Smug Snake: Jason Slade's character.
    Slade: "Winning's the easy part. It's toying with them that I enjoy."
  • Stupid Evil: The senator's daughter attacks Joyce in the middle of the day, in the middle of a parking lot surrounded by busy streets, right in front of her cameraman and another eyewitness. We don't actually see her get arrested, though, so she might be a Karma Houdini.
  • The '90s: Note Slade's giant white Seinfeld sneakers.
  • Thinking Out Loud: In one scene, Tracy sits in a car describing her current situation.
    Kevin Murphy: "She's accidentally reading the description parts of the script."
  • Title Drop: More or less.
    Joyce: "You chase honor, I chase glory!"
    Mike Nelson: "And they're basically the same thing, so it works out."

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