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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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Against all odds, they became friends. Against their will, they became opponents. 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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Trivia

The school building that they shot some of the exterior shots was William McKinley high school in Chicago, IL. Walt Disney attended McKinley High for a short period from 1917-18 and worked on the school's newspaper as the cartoonist, before dropping out at the age of 16 to join the US Army. Because he was too young, the US Army did not accept him, so he joined the Red Cross. See more »

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Tommy Riley's TV has black pen writing on it, written by his dad's debt collectors. The black pen writing changes formation from the scene where it was written on the TV, and where Tommy's dad John left for his new job. See more »

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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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Rico Suave
Written by Gerardo Mejía (as Gerardo) & Christian Warren
Performed by Gerardo Mejía (as Gerardo)
Courtesy of Interscope Records/East West Records America
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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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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