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Gladiator (1992)

R  |   |  Action, Drama, Sport  |  6 March 1992 (USA)
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Tommy Riley has moved with his dad to Chicago from a 'nice place'. He keeps to himself, goes to school. However, after a street fight he is noticed and quickly falls into the world of illegal underground boxing - where punches can kill.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tommy Riley
Father in Park
Tab Baker ...
Joan Schwenk ...
Raul Salinas ...
Teen in Classroom
Marctwaine Nettles-Bey ...
Teen in Classroom
Derek Anunciation ...
Teen in Classroom
Francesca P. Roberts ...
Miss Higgins
Emily Marie Hooper ...
Lance Slaughter ...


A story of two teenagers trapped in the world of illegal underground boxing. One is fighting to save his fathers life and using the money pay off gambling debts accumulated by his father. The second is fighting for the money to get out of the ghettos. While being exploited by a boxing promoter the two teens become friends. An explosive ending puts the two friends in the ring against each other in a fight for survival. Written by Joe Miller <joe938216@aol.com>

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Nobody owns Tommy Riley. Nobody. See more »


Action | Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

6 March 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Fäuste - Du mußt um Dein Recht kämpfen  »

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Box Office


$9,223,441 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


James Marshall and Cuba Gooding Jr. have the same birthday January 1st. See more »


When Riley punches Horn on the top of the head Horn says the skull is the hardest bone in the body. Actually the Femur (thigh bone) is! See more »


Romano: Gonna buy a waterbed.
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Da Me La (Fama)
Written by Jainardo Batista (as J. Batisa), Rubén Blades (as R. Blades), Sam Campbell (as S. Campbell), Sam Krywoschy (as S. Krywoschy), Darryl Ross (as D. Ross), Al Rubalcava (as A. Rubalcava) & David Snyder (as D. Snyder)
Performed by Latin Science
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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A kick ass boxing movie
19 February 2002 | by (Michigan) – See all my reviews

What does every action movie need?

A nasty villian that the audience can hate, and a good, tough hero that the audience can love. If these character premises are established and the plot flows, the final confrontation between these two arch-enemies should be breath-taking and keep the audience guessing.

Gladiator does this perfectly. The boxing scenes are gripping, intense and pull the audience out of their seats to cheer for the films two heroes... Tommy Riley and Cuba. The movie has a great soundtrack and a noticeable visual style that stays constant throughout the film.

Horn (the bad guy) played by Brian Dennehy and his sidekick Pappy Jack played by Robert Loggia are a great combination of nastiness. Horn is brutally evil and rules his underground boxing contingent with an iron fist, while Pappy Jack is a sleezy, humorous villian that compliments Horn's seriousness beautifully.

The characters have some depth, but not much. Who needs depth in an action movie anyway? Tommy Riley, Cuba, and Romano's stations in life and their particular choices are explained adequately enough for the audience to sympathize with their situations and want them to kick some serious ass.


A kick-ass action movie. You will find yourself cheering loudly and rewinding parts because of their sheer intensity and visual, ass-kicking style.

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