Toughest Man in the World, The
Reviewed by Jason Coffman
Rating: 7 Beans
ccording to the theme song from "The Toughest Man in the World," "The toughest man in the world/ Is the man who know the right way to go." It should be noted that Mr. T not only stars in this film, but performs said theme song. Only really.
Bruise Brubaker (Mr. T) runs a community center for troubled youth. One day, his path crosses that of a young man named Billy Green (John P. Navin Jr. of "National Lampoon's Vacation") who is harassing an old man with a couple of his friends. Bruise takes Billy's knife and tells him to meet him at the center the next day, presumably so that Bruise can give him the knife back.
After a time when everyone is happy, Billy Green screws everything up (resulting in the amazing "Get out of my life!" speech by Mr. T) and the center is closed down. The only way to make enough money to make everything all right again is for Bruise to enter The Toughest Man in the World Competition, which happens to be in town. Bruise, as strong as he is, isn't sure he can defeat reigning champion Tanker Weams (Tom Milanovich of "Above The Law," "Rookie of the Year").
Tanker isn't a very nice person, and it eventually becomes clear that he is involved in illegal activities which get Billy Green in hot water with some criminal stereotypes. Can Bruise Brubaker save Billy Green and his youth center? Will he ever learn to read and write? Does Billy ever get his knife back?
You really won't care about the answers to these questions, since you probably already know them. For me, the best part was that while Bruise admitted he couldn't read or write, nothing was ever done about it. Apparently, the producers (Guber-Peters, also responsible for "Tango & Cash") were more interested in keeping kids off the street than telling them that they should learn to read. Two of my friends and I all bought copies of this at a local Wal-mart for $2.50. Any frequent Bad Movie Night reader should purchase this immediately; it's not often you get a chance like this.
"You think Tanker Weams is better lookin' than Donna Summers?"
-Bruise Brubaker (Mr. T)
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