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Mantis (Game of Death)

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in game of Death


Mantis also known as Hakim is a villain from Bruce Lee's last martial arts action film Game of Death 1978. He is played by American professional all-star basketball player, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who is 7'2" and weighed 225 lbs. In the movie, he is the hired muscle and bodyguard of main villain, Dr. Land (Hugh O'Brian), a racketeering "syndicate" crime boss at the start of the movie. Land sends Mantis after a man who refuses to fight for him.


Mantis tries to fight off Mantis, but he is overpowered and overwhelmed by Mantis' size and strength. The man desperate to escape runs up a flight of stairs, only for Mantis to easily reach up and pull him right back down, pick him up, and kill him. Mantis is next seen at the end of the movie when he fights Billy Lo (Bruce Lee) a fighter and movie star who is trying to put a stop to Dr. Land and the syndicate. At first Billy is overpowered and is put down with one kick from Mantis (who is sitting in a chair). Mantis lands several power blows and kicks, but Billy turns the tables on him. Using superior speed and martial arts, he puts Mantis down and breaks his neck.


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