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The 8 Best One-Punch Knockouts in Movie History

Aug. 18 5:48 PM by Dave Rudden

In real life, it's hard to take down an enemy with one punch. Moreover, it hardly assures your dominance after the act. In the wonderful world of Hollywood, however, a well-placed punch will bring about great change. Here's 8 punches that mattered.

8- Jason Voorhees vs. Julius Gaw in Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan

Friday the 13th antagonist Jason Voorhees has two types of interaction with his enemies. Either he's quickly killing an unsuspecting and usually nude victim or being slowly killed by the survivors at the end of the film. His brawl with pugilist Julius Gaw seems to defy that convention, which makes the conclusion all the more shocking. Julius unloads punch after punch on Jason, which fazed the mass murderer ever so slightly. After a minute of uninterrupted and ineffectual offense, Julius relents, allowing Jason to finally get a punch in. He only needs one, since it beheads Julius, sending his cranium careening off the roof, and into a dumpster, with such force that the lid closes over it!

Knockout Time: 1:56.

7- Deebo vs. Red in Friday

This is one punch you hate to love. Deebo was a bully who antagonized many innocent people throughout the Friday film franchise. One of them was Red, a kindhearted kid who was willing to share his bike but was rewarded with an uppercut that sent him flying across the lawn. The coup de grace that makes this one memorable? Smokey's one-line, post-match color commentary: "You got knocked the FUCK out!"

Knockout Time: 1:16

6- Mongo vs. A Horse in Blazing Saddles

Generally, the punching of any animal is uncalled for. And truthfully, the nosy know-it-all atop the horse pointing out Mongo's lack of parking tact is the one deserving of the brutish criminal's wrath. But do you expect a "act first, think never" character like Mongo to actually remove his opponent from his conveyance before knocking him out? Nope, Mongo takes out both the equine and equestrian in one nasty punch.

Knockout Time: 0:09

5- Rocky vs. George Washington Duke in Rocky V

There wasn't much worth celebrating about Rocky V--the plot was hackneyed (He lost all his money?! Really?!) the opponent was nowhere near the caliber of Apollo Creed, Clubber Lang, or Ivan Drago, and to make matters worse, Rocky doesn't set foot in the ring at all throughout the course of the film. After a long, awkward street fight with his former protege Tommy Gunn, Rocky comes face to face with the man who stole Gunn and led him to glory-- the Don King-esque George Washington Duke. Facing the potential for a lawsuit, Rocky decides to deck the cocky promoter anyway, in the only three seconds of the film that are actually worth watching. It then heads back to crapsville, as he's blessed by some crazy Italian-speaking priest who apparently condones violence.

Knockout Time: 7:08

4- Lewis Skolnik vs. Roger in Revenge of the Nerds 2

Sure, the motley crew at Lamda Lamda Lamda won out in the original Revenge of the Nerds, but it was a purely psychological victory, as the Tri-Lams made the Alpha Betas look like fools without setting a finger on them. In Revenge of the Nerds 2, more drastic measures were taken. After Alpha Beta national chair dresses down each of the nerds, he taunts Skolnik, letting him know that a speech won't cut muster. With that in mind, he fights back the way most bullied intellectuals wish they could--with a fist to the jaw of the cocky jock. Skolnik's slug is a quintessential movie punch--not only does it send Roger careening into a pool, but he follows it up by kissing a hot blonde.

Knockout Time: 4:10

3- Tricycle Clown vs. Biker in Killer Klowns From Outer Space

Despite the fact that the Killer Klowns are meant to be evil, we can't help but root for the poor little tricycle clown. For one thing, he wasn't as wont to killing innocents as his devious cohorts. No, when Tricycle Clown pedals into an alley inhabited by a rowdy biker gang, it seems as though he'd prefer companionship instead of committing a random act of violence. He answers a brutish biker's sarcastic queries with enthusiasm, only to have his trust shattered when they bully bashes his trike. Then, and only then does he reply with a head-removing uppercut that causes the group to scatter, and the audience to applaud for one of the bad guys.

Knockout Time: 1:28

2- Edward Malus vs. The Women of Summersisle in The Wicker Man

Despite all appearances, the 2006 remake of The Wicker Man is meant to be serious. While the movie is filled with scenes of Nicholas Cage screaming at people in masks and punching women (three scenes alone are shown in the video below), there's supposed to be a narrative about a man desperate to recover his daughter from the clutches of a cult. The craziest act of violence takes place during one of the penultimate scenes, during which Cage's character, Edward Malus has snuck into a ritual by wearing a bear suit and has finally found his daughter. Naturally, the best course of action is to punch the ringleader in the face. Despite the fact that it's weird as all hell, it proves to be a failed tactic, and Malus ends up being set up by his daughter and sacrificed by the cult. At least he had his moment in the sun. In a bear suit.

Knockout Time: 1:22 (Bonus knockout at 0:36 and );43)

1- George McFly vs. Biff Tannen in Back to the Future

Crispin Glover may be a Grade A weirdo, but his character in Back to the Future, George McFly pulled off one of the most inspiring acts of pugilism ever captured on celluloid. He'd already been established as a weak-willed nerd, with Biff Tannen antagonizing him and Lorraine Baines falling outside of his romantic grasp. The three keys to the perfect punch came together at The Enchantment Under the Sea dance, where George was forced to stick up for himself (step 1) to save the girl (step 2) and vanquish the school bully (step 3). When he finally summoned the strength and courage to knock out Biff, it was a hell of a wallop, spinning the bully around and sending him to the pavement. His victory is furthered when he wins the hand of his eventual wife, picking her up and escorting her to the dance.

Knockout Time: 1:42


What? No Conan vs the mule? You missed a classic one hitter quitter.


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