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Gladiator (1992)

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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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Tommy Riley
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Father in Park
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Spits
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Tab Baker ...
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Joan Schwenk ...
Secretary
Raul Salinas ...
Teen in Classroom
Marctwaine Nettles-Bey ...
Teen in Classroom
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Teen in Classroom
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Dawn
Francesca P. Roberts ...
Miss Higgins
Emily Marie Hooper ...
Belinda
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Romano
Lance Slaughter ...
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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 »

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Action | Drama | Sport

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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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6 March 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Fäuste - Du mußt um Dein Recht kämpfen  »

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$9,223,441 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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James Marshall did two hours of boxing, one hour of weight training and one hour of jogging for five days a week for four months. See more »

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Obvious fake in place for Cuba Gooding, Jr.; when Jimmy strikes Haines out from the ring. See more »

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Miss Higgins: Now. Before you ladies get pregnant and you gentlemen murder one another you'll learn the joy of reading. This way, you have something to do in your ninth month or in your jail cell.
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Killer
Written by Seal & Adamski (as Adam Tinley)
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Courtesy of Sire Records/ZTT Records Ltd./Warner Music UK Ltd.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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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.

Bottomline:

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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