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Gladiator (1992)

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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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This was James Marshall's first and last lead role. See more »

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

Quotes

Shortcut: Well, he don't look like much.
Spits: He not much. He's just a funny boy.
Shortcut: Oh, yeah?
Spits: Yeah.
Shortcut: You funny, boy? Well come on. Make me laugh.
Tommy Riley: I don't want any trouble.
Shortcut: That's too bad, funny boy. See, trouble be my middle name.
Spits: Trouble be his uh, pseudonym.
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Hold on Tight
Written by Curtis Williams, Sean Devoreaux and Janet Cole Valdez (as Janet Cole)
Produced by Curtis Williams
Performed by Tony Terry
Courtesy of Platinum Vibe Productions, Inc. and Epic Records
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Better than a 5.5
16 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

First of all, this rating is ridiculous. I remember watching Gladiator when it first came out on video and now a few times on television. No it won't win any Oscars and it's not a dramatic masterpiece but it's never boring and moves along nicely. The fight scenes are entertaining, the chemistry between Marshall and Cuba is there, and the majority of the characters are developed. The only thing that fails is the love story, but I guess every film with teens has to have one. As far as people complaining about Marshall's wooden performance, I personally liked it. Not everyone is a charismatic, everyone is drawn to me type of person. He played it low-key, brooding, quiet, somewhat anti-social and it worked. If a film like this was made today, it would be a dumbed-down PG-13 version critics would probably love because it tells the story of a kid overcoming the obstacles. Rent it if you're an action fan, you won't be disappointed.


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