Circle of Iron


Action / Adventure / Fantasy

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 43%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 59%
IMDb Rating 5.9 10 1872


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Eli Wallach as Man-in-Oil
David Carradine as The Blind Man / Monkeyman / Death / Changsha
Roddy McDowall as White Robe
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23.976 fps
1hr 42 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by alexanderdavies-99382 7 / 10

An original idea that deserves to be seen.

"The Silent Flute" originated from an idea by Bruce Lee, who collaborated with James Coburn and Sterling Siliphant on a screenplay to bring the project to life. After "Warner Bros." showed slight interest, the three men embarked upon a location scouting in India during 1971. Unfortunately, no film resulted apart from a few photos of Bruce Lee in the Indian desert. The idea concerned a martial artist named Cord who is summoned to embark upon a journey of self-discovery and knowledge about martial arts in general. He needs to travel many miles and endure several challenges along the way from different opponents. During his travels, Cord hears a flute being played and is summoned by a blind martial artist who guides Cord during his search and travels. The flute in question is one that only certain people are destined to hear, hence the name of the film. James Coburn was to have played Cord the seeker and Bruce Lee was due to play five different characters - including that of the blind martial artist. I have every reason to believe that Lee's writing skills would have served him well if he had made his own version and also that being a philosopher would have been another advantage. By the time the film was released, the final version bore little resemblance to what Bruce Lee and company had envisioned. Coburn and Siliphant publicly stated that the 1978 film was nothing like what they had written. Judging the finished film on its own merits, "The Silent Flute" isn't as terrible as one might think and at least the film made some effort in being a bit different to other martial arts movies. The fight scenes aren't as good as they should have been but would have been worse if Karate champion Joe Lewis hadn't intervened. It makes sense to have David Carradine involved after his phenomenonal success with the "Kung Fu" series. He plays four different characters and they are the ones Bruce Lee would have played. As Cord, we have a completely obscure name in Jeff Cooper. He has long been forgotten and he certainly wasn't cast due to his having any acting ability! Roddy McDowall, Eli Wallach and Christopher Lee make the most of their limited screen time. There is some imagination in the screenplay although none of the original script was used. Bits and pieces of Bruce Lee's vision is in evidence on occasion. The location was changed to that of Israel and I thought it a good idea. A flawed film but an interesting one.

Reviewed by Uriah43 3 / 10

Lacked Depth and Any Real Meaning

This movie takes place in a mythical world in which certain warriors fight for the honor to face a man known as "Zetan" (played by Christopher Lee) in order to obtain a mysterious "Book of Enlightenment" that he keeps under his personal protection. That being said, having fought and been disqualified in a contest to be allowed to find and defeat Zetan, a warrior named "Cord" (Jeff Cooper) sets off on his own and subsequently encounters several trials which serve as lessons that mold him into a better fighter and a more enlightened person as well. Now, from what I understand, this movie was influenced by Bruce Lee with the intention of blending martial arts and Zen Buddhism together. And while it certainly offers some interesting insights and showcases some beautiful scenery, the film as a whole didn't necessarily impress me all that much. For starters, although it certainly had some good actors, none of them performed that spectacularly. On that note, I didn't much care for the acting of Jeff Cooper and I thought that the limited role given to Eli Wallach (as "the Man in Oil") was a big waste of talent. In addition to that, despite the good cast, I thought that the "lessons" conveyed lacked both depth and any real meaning which caused the film to suffer as a result. In short, I don't consider this to be a good movie by any means and I have rated it accordingly. Below average.

Reviewed by CelluloidRehab 6 / 10

Be the empty vessel

This is the story and journey of a lone man, Cord (played by Canadian Jeff Cooper), who is in search of Zetan and his book of knowledge. Along the way he meets many people and has to overcome several trials.

The story was original conceived by Bruce Lee, with help from James Coburn. In the meantime Bruce left for Honk Kong (Golden Harvest) to make what would be his series of movies that would immortalize him. This movie was resurrected after Bruce's untimely death.

What would have been Bruce's role, as the blind mystic/martial arts flute player with a bell on his toe, went to the universal Bruce Lee role acquiring machine that is David Carradine. In David's defense he does play 4 roles in this movie and is the saving grace of the movie. Jeff Cooper painfully interprets Cord, the hero. He almost lacks any emotion even when annoyed or angry his face is strangely serene and on the verge of a smile. He obviously spent time working out, but little to no time in a dojo. Also what's up with the hair ?? David's problem lies in his "martial arts" skills and his fortune cookie kung-fu babble. The movie seems like an extended version of the TV series that David was in (Kung Fu).

There are problems with this movie. Initially the movie was to take place in the East (China, Thailand, etc) to correspond with the various themes of the movie (Taoism, Zen Buddhism, etc). Instead the movie was filmed in Israel. The landscapes and backdrops are at times breathtaking, just out of place. This along with the crappy martial arts choreography (think Dolemite) and the repetition of extras gives the movie the feel of a Conan knock-off.

There are also some nice cameos by Roddy McDowall, Christopher Lee and Eli Wallach. The man in oil scene is priceless. Throughout all this if one pays attention, one can pick up a lot of Bruce's beliefs and philosophies. One can only wonder how good this movie would have been if Bruce would have been able to make it. I highly recommend this movie for fans of Bruce and the martial arts genre.

-Celluloid Rehab

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