Circle of Iron
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This symbol-laden drama explores the inner mythology of martial arts practice and is based on a Bruce Lee story idea. The original screenplay was written by Bruce Lee, with help from actor James Coburn and screenwriter Stirling Silliphant. Lee was to take on the four-in-one role of guide in his film, leaving the hero's role to someone else. Following Bruce Lee's tragic death, the film was rewritten. David Carradine stepped in to play the mysterious guides to aspiring martial arts master Cord (Jeff Cooper). Cord lives in a desert-like world where nearly everyone he meets practices or… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 43%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Without Lee's charisma or guidance, the movie never sparks to life."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"(The) total lack of unity, while seen as CIRCLE OF IRON's greatest liability, could also, however, be its biggest asset"
‑ Shane Burridge, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"Five years after his untimely death, Lee's vision project was finally made. Whether or not it's truly his vision, the world will never know. One thing is for sure though - this is one confusing, self indulgent and often tedious film."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Movie Views
"By downplaying the physical and emphasizing the cerebral (or in some cases, the spiritual) Lee was looking to take the genre to another level. For that alone (Circle of Iron) is very important."
‑ Bill Gibron, PopMatters
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