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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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Woody Harrelson reportedly based his character on boxer Angel Manfredy. See more »


When driving to Las Vegas, Grace is constantly driving the car over the double yellow line and across it as if she is being towed by the camera truck. See more »


Hank Goody: Who's my date for the fight tonight, Rudy? I can't keep track of these things.
Rudy: Your wife.
Hank Goody: [Looks slightly confused] My wife?
Rudy: Yeah. You know, there's a lot of cameras there tonight. I figured your wife would be a good call.
Hank Goody: [Gives it some thought] My wife... You're right. Good call.
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References Rocky (1976) See more »


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Great Boxing Scenes but Movie too Long
27 June 2000 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

This movie had some great boxing scenes. The hits looked real and the cuts and bruises did too. The only problem with this movie was it was a little over two hours. Instead of flying to Las Vegas, they drove there. This led to over 40 minutes in the car (Nice car though). If the movie was 90 minutes, it would have been much better.

A nice touch was the use of real boxing personality. For the casual fan, people would reconize George Foreman, Mike Tyson and other from HBO. It also had real cutmen and trainers in the corners. The director/writer does his research and the movie does show it.

Still the movie is a 5 out of 10.

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