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Play It to the Bone (1999)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Sport  |  21 January 2000 (USA)
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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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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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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

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Comedy | Drama | Sport

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

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$24,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$8,427,204 (USA) (10 March 2000)
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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 »

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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 »

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Vince Boudreau: You don't have to hate a man to completely destroy him.
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Dumb Characters, Clear Decision
18 August 2015 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

While working out in a Los Angeles gym, nearly washed-up boxer pals Antonio Banderas (as Cesar Dominguez) and Woody Harrelson (as Vince Boudreau) receive an invitation. They are offered a bout in Las Vegas for $50,000 each, with the winner getting to fight for the middleweight crown. The men get entrepreneurial Lolita Davidovich (as Grace Pasic) to head out for Vegas, in her bright green Oldsmobile. She appears to be interested in both men, although Mr. Banderas plays both sides of the ring and Mr. Harrelson likes picking up young skanks. The trio drive to Vegas so the men can fight and Ms. Davidovich can peddle her "bed periscope" and "athlete's foot sock" inventions to Las Vegas promoters. Insatiable and arrogant 20-year-old Lucy Liu (as Lia) joins the group at a diner. Several celebrities have cameos...

Writer-director Ron Shelton has a competently made, but uninteresting story to tell. The three main characters are supposed to have close relationships, but really only occupy the same screen...

The men attempt to demonstrate a camaraderie, but are still eager to beat each other savagely. If the fight is supposed to be a substitute for sex, it's unsuccessful. The opening minutes suggest the theme of sexual threesomes, but it's never explored beyond the two depictions of wealthy men having two suggestively Lesbian super-models as bed partners. Banderas' character is apparently bisexual and Harrelson's a born-again Christian, but neither characteristic is convincing; possibly, these traits are given to get the men in a fighting mood. The big boxing match does make sense, scoring-wise. We learn that boxers hallucinate when the going gets ugly. Davidovich starts off encouraging, but has limited appeal. By the way, the best punch is thrown by Davidovich. And her bout with Robert Wagner isn't bad, either.

*** Play It to the Bone (1999-12-25) Ron Shelton ~ Woody Harrelson, Antonio Banderas, Lolita Davidovich, Lucy Liu


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