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Play It to the Bone (1999)

 -  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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Two best friends take a shot at hitting it big. 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)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

As well as Mike Tyson, a number of famous faces from the world of boxing make cameo appearances in this movie - former champion George Foreman, commentators Jim Lamply and Larry Merchant, and trainer Teddy Atlas. See more »

Goofs

In the Greek restaurant, as Grace leaves for the restrooms outside, an extra (girl reading a paper) passes the boxers as they stay seated. In the next shot the same girl, reading the paper, comes on walking from where she must have been before we saw her following in the direction Grace left. See more »

Quotes

Grace Pasic: How old are you?
Lia: Twenty.
Grace Pasic: Another five years, you're gonna' be sucked out, fucked out, doped out, lookin' for a handout.
Lia: Ah, but what a five years, huh?
Grace Pasic: [as both laugh sarcastically] It's a choice. Go for it!
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References Rocky (1976) See more »

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Why Are You So Mean to Me?
Written by James A. Lane
Performed by Jimmie Rodgers
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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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