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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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 Kojak (1973) See more »


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It was funny and entertaining
15 October 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Play It To The Bone" is about two guys who are good friends and washed up boxers who are taking a road trip to fight each other in the ring for some money and the audience learn some stuff about there background as they reach there destination. The girl that gets between the two fighters played by Antonio Banderas and Woody Harrelson is Lolita Davidovich who is basically a skank but tries to act like she is not, a very irritating character that is portrayed as like being the hot girl that every guy falls for, also a temptress who use men for what she wants, but she is pretty fugly looking and can't imagine any guy falling for her in the way it's portrayed in the movie, when a lot of the movie time is taken up by the two rivals fighting amongst each other for a girl, at least make her attractive or at least somewhat likable. The characters are also not developed very well although the dialogue is very funny sometimes. Banderas and Harrelsn did a good job with what they had, but a lot of what happens between them was sort of predictable. Despite the flaws, this film had some good comedic moments that I enjoyed watching although a lot of it was bickering. And when the final fight starts you sort of care about it since the audience gets to know a bit about there background and it's also entertaining to watch even though the character development isn't strong as it should be, the fight however was well choreographed. There seems to be a lot of critics that are really bashing on this film, but I liked it. It was entertaining despite the flaws, it was entertaining and funny.


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