Hamstrung by a cliched plot, RING OF STEEL invests the standard action movie formulas with energy, but not much directorial grace. Although the kickboxing, thrusting-and-parrying opponents conduct themselves with flashy elan, the movie is always in danger of succumbing to terminal deja vu.
Devastated when he accidentally kills a competitor during a match, National Fencing Championship contender Alex Freyer (Robert Chapin) is rescued from depression by the love of a good woman, Elena (Darlene Vogel). His career ruined, Alex succumbs to the blandishments of a cunning promoter (Joe
Don Baker) who runs the Ring of Steel, one of those kill-or-be-killed arenas cater...