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Play It to the Bone (1999)

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

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Storyline

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

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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21 January 2000 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$24,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,366, 26 December 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$8,427,204, 12 March 2000
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Vince Boudreau: You don't have to hate a man to completely destroy him.
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References Rocky (1976) See more »

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Macedonian Meadows
Performed by Martin Blasick
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Great Boxing Scenes but Movie too Long
27 June 2000 | by 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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