Only The Strong (1993)

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Only the StrongOnly The Strong is a 1993 action film, directed by Sheldon Lettich. It is considered to be the first Hollywood film that showcased the Afro-Brazilian martial art of Capoeira throughout the entire movie. The story is about a Former Green Beret Louis Stevens (Mark Dacascos) who returns to his hometown of Miami after completing military service in Brazil, only to learn that his old high school has become a haven for gangs and drug dealers. After Stevens uses his capoeira skills to kick several drug dealers off of the school property, Kerrigan (Geoffrey Lewis), one of Stevens’ old teachers, sees the impact that Stevens has on the students and Kerrigan gives Louis the task of teaching Capoeira to a handful of the worst at-risk students at the school.