One Down, Two to Go

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"They pack, 4 times the punch!..The Fury!..The Excitement!"
  • R
  • 1982
  • 1 hr 24 min
  • 4.5  (641)

One Down, Two to Go is a 1982 action-comedy film directed by Fred Williamson and starring Williamson, Jim Brown, and Jim Kelly - three prominent African-American actors known for their work in the blaxploitation era of film. The film follows three former Green Berets - Stone (Williamson), K, and One Eye - who are forced out of retirement to rescue a kidnapped millionaire (Richard Roundtree) from a group of ruthless criminals.

The film opens with a big, flashy title sequence set to an upbeat disco track. From there, we are introduced to our three heroes, who are all living quiet, civilian lives. Stone is a struggling nightclub owner, K is a karate instructor, and One Eye is a pool hustler. Despite their best efforts to leave their pasts behind them, the three men are brought back together when one of their former commanding officers (played by Williamson himself) reaches out to them for help.

The kidnapped millionaire, played by Roundtree, is a flamboyant businessman and former college football star who is being held for ransom by a group of criminals led by a man named Morely (played by Joe Spinell). Morely is a sadistic villain who delights in torturing his victims, and he has a personal grudge against Stone, K, and One Eye. The three men must use their combat skills and resourcefulness to infiltrate Morely's hideout, take down his henchmen, and rescue Roundtree before it's too late.

The film is a classic example of the "blaxploitation" genre, with over-the-top action sequences, cheesy one-liners, and a general sense of coolness that permeates everything the characters do. Williamson, Brown, and Kelly are all perfectly cast in their roles, exuding charisma and toughness in equal measure. They have a great chemistry with each other, and their banter is often hilarious.

The action scenes are the highlight of the film, with Williamson choreographing some truly impressive fights and stunts. One memorable sequence sees the three heroes fighting their way through a crowded disco, using karate chops and pool cues to dispatch their enemies. Another scene has them driving a car through a hospital, crashing through walls and causing chaos as they try to escape from Morely's men.

In addition to the action, the film also has some great comedic moments. Williamson, in particular, is a gifted comedian, with a gift for deadpan delivery and physical humor. One scene has him trying to impress a love interest by performing a striptease, with disastrous (and hilarious) results.

Despite its flaws - the plot is a bit convoluted, the pacing can be uneven, and some of the supporting performances are a little stilted - One Down, Two to Go is a fun, entertaining movie that delivers exactly what it promises. It's a nostalgia trip back to a time when action movies were simpler and more straightforward, and when movies starring Black actors were few and far between.

Overall, One Down, Two to Go is a great showcase for the talents of Fred Williamson, Jim Brown, and Jim Kelly, as well as a fun throwback to the blaxploitation era of cinema. For fans of action movies, martial arts films, and classic 80s cheese, this one is definitely worth checking out.

One Down, Two to Go is a 1982 action movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 24 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 4.5.

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    4.5  (641)