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Play It to the Bone (1999)

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Two best friends and former middleweight contenders travel to Las Vegas to fight each other for the first time.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Domino
Hank Goody
Cappie Caplan
Cylk Cozart ...
Dante Solomon
Mad Greek Waitress
Freddy Green
Slade Barnett ...
Vegas Cop
Cameron Milzer ...
Vegas Paramedic
Julio García ...
Chiquito Rosario


Two aging fighters in LA, friends, get a call from a Vegas promoter because his undercard fighters for a Mike Tyson bout that night are suddenly unavailable. He wants them to box each other. They agree as long as the winner gets a shot at the middleweight title. They enlist Grace, Cesar's current and Vinnie's ex girlfriend, to drive them to Vegas. On the trip, we see flashbacks to their previous title shots, their competitive friendship, and Grace's motivational wiles. (She has her own entrepreneurial dreams.) The fight itself is historic: ten rounds of savagery and courage. Who will win, who'll get the title shot, who gets Grace, and where will she find venture capital? Written by <>

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No one hits as hard as your best friend. See more »


Comedy | Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for brutal ring violence, strong sexuality including dialogue, nudity, pervasive language and some drug content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

21 January 2000 (USA)  »

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Box Office


$24,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,366 (USA) (24 December 1999)


$8,427,204 (USA) (10 March 2000)

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Did You Know?


The ring announcer in Cesar Dominguez's (Antonio Banderas) Garden flashback fight sequence is Bruce Buffer, brother of Michael Buffer, who is the ring announcer in the climax fight between Dominguez and Vince Boudreau (Woody Harrelson). See more »


Hank smacks Grace in the face with his right hand, but the cut appears on the right side of her lip. He uses the back of his hand. See more »


Cesar Dominguez: Grace, who do you think won the fight? Vince, or me?
Grace Pasic: I think it was a fair decision.
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References Rocky (1976) See more »


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Slightly higher than mediocre
6 October 2002 | by (Charleston, SC) – See all my reviews

All in all, this is an okay film. The plot is very simple, and the characters are fairly interesting. I understand that this movie is supposed to be about second chances, but I couldn't help but think after the movie's very predictable ending, what the hell was the point of the movie? What was the epiphany reached, and what was the point of characters like Lucy Liu being in the story? 90% of the film is spent during the car ride to Vegas, which is good and bad, it gives a personal touch to a movie, yet does get kind of old after a while. I like Woody Harelson's character b\c I can relate to him in a lot of respects. One thing I found unrealistic, no chick would ever ditch Antonio 'de sexy' Banderas, I almost laughed when she 'broke up' with him. Antonio also looked a little weak for a boxer, but the fight scene in the end was not effected by it. The end is actually the best part of the movie, yet it is very predictable. Overall, not a bad friday night movie if you have some time to kill and a few beers to pounce. 6/10

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