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Play It to the Bone -- Two worn-out, over-the-hill prizefighters jump at one last chance at the big time.  Their friendship is challenged by fierce competition when they step into the ring in a dramatic fight to the finish -- where the winner will earn a shot at the title.


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Writer (WGA):
Ron Shelton (written by)
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Release Date:
21 January 2000 (USA) See more »
Two best friends take a shot at hitting it big. See more »
Two best friends and former middleweight contenders travel to Las Vegas to fight each other for the first time. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Antonio Banderas ... Cesar Dominguez

Woody Harrelson ... Vince Boudreau

Lolita Davidovich ... Grace Pasic

Tom Sizemore ... Joe Domino

Lucy Liu ... Lia

Robert Wagner ... Hank Goody

Richard Masur ... Artie

Willie Garson ... Cappie Caplan
Cylk Cozart ... Rudy

Jack Carter ... Dante Solomon

Aida Turturro ... Mad Greek Waitress

Louie Leonardo ... Freddy Green
Slade Barnett ... Vegas Cop
Cameron Milzer ... Vegas Paramedic
Julio García ... Chiquito Rosario

Johnny Ortiz ... Gym Owner
Jordy Oakland ... Julie
William Utay ... Sal (as Will Utay)

Joseph Arsenault ... Bobby
Fred Lewis ... Vegas Lawyer
Maurice Singer ... Vegas Lawyer
Robert Sale ... Robert Velario

Joe Cortez ... Garden Referee

Bruce Buffer ... Garden Ring Announcer
Teddy Atlas ... Cesar's Garden Trainer

Dana Lee ... Man with Ferrari
Rob Ingersoll ... Jesus
Robby Robinson ... Skeeter Lewis
Mitch Halpern ... Vince's Big Fight Referee
Chuck Hull ... Vince's Big Fight Ring Announcer
Jim Lampley ... Himself - HBO Commentator
Al Bernstein ... Sportswriter
Reynaldo Rey ... Sportswriter

Eloy Casados ... Vince's Trainer

Henry G. Sanders ... Cesar's Trainer
Vasil Chuck Bodak ... Cesar's Cutman
Jacob 'Stitch' Duran ... Vince's Cutman
Al Benner ... Jesse, Cesar's Cornerman
Pat Barry ... Lupe, Vince's Cornerman

Steve Lawrence ... Himself

George Foreman ... HBO Commentator
Larry Merchant ... HBO Commentator

Mike Tyson ... Mike Tyson

Darrell Foster ... Referee

Michael Buffer ... Himself - Ring Announcer

Rod Stewart ... Himself
Bill Caplan ... Dr. Velvil Ginsberg
Marc Ratner ... Boxing Commissioner
Jane Broadfoot ... Timekeeper
Carlos Padilla ... Timekeeper
Debbie Caplan ... Press Assistant
Elizabeth Caplan ... Press Assistant
Denise Pernula ... Ring Card Girl
Verónica Becerra ... Ring Card Girl (as Veronica Becerra)
Tamara Gilber ... Fantasy Girl
Fulvia Santoni ... Fantasy Girl (as Fulvia Sanchez)
Faye Mangabang ... Fantasy Girl
Alison Walsh ... Bartender
Snezana Divac ... Grace's Party Friend (as Ana Divac)

Tom Todoroff ... Croupier

Kevin Costner ... Ringside Fan

Wesley Snipes ... Ringside Fan

James Woods ... Ringside Fan

Natasha Gregson Wagner ... Ringside Fan

Drew Carey ... Ringside Fan

Jennifer Tilly ... Ringside Fan

Tony Curtis ... Ringside Fan
Bob Arum ... Ringside Fan
Lovey Arum ... Ringside Fan
Angel Manfredy ... Ringside Fan
Yvette Manfredy ... Ringeside Fan

Buddy Greco ... Party Guest
Lezlie Anders ... Party Guest
Dick Williams ... Party Guest
Patricia Ford ... Party Guest
Gennifer Flowers ... Party Guest

Steve Schirripa ... Party Guest
Tony Tucker ... Party Guest
Bo Belinsky ... Party Guest (as Bo Bolinski)
Joey Maxim ... Party Guest
John Momot ... Party Guest
Bill Dwyre ... Ringside Sportswriter
Steve Springer ... Ringside Sportswriter
Bruce Trampler ... Ringside Sportswriter
Rick Reilly ... Ringside Sportswriter
Bert Randolph Sugar ... Ringside Sportswriter (as Bert Sugar)
Jason Levin ... Ringside Sportswriter
Royce Feour ... Ringside Sportswriter
Ron Borges ... Ringside Sportswriter
Michael Katz ... Ringside Sportswriter
Doug Krikorian ... Ringside Sportswriter
Randy Harvey ... Ringside Sportswriter
Timothy Smith ... Ringside Sportswriter (as Tim Smith)
Michael Rosenthal ... Ringside Sportswriter
George Kimball ... Ringside Sportswriter
Bernard Fernández ... Ringside Sportswriter (as Bernard Fernandez)
Timothy Dahlberg ... Ringside Sportswriter
Tim Graham ... Ringside Sportswriter (as Tim Graeham)
Joe Hawk ... Ringside Sportswriter
Chris Thorne ... Ringside Sportswriter
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Lorenzo Aranda ... Ringeside Fan (uncredited)
Vincent Cipolla ... Fight Promoter (uncredited)
Harv Lawrence ... Ringside Judge (uncredited)
Marco López ... Ringeside Fan (uncredited)

Linnea Quigley ... Overdosed Hooker (uncredited)

Maeve Quinlan ... Tiffany (uncredited)
Michael A. Rizza ... Ringside Photographer (uncredited)

Directed by
Ron Shelton 
Writing credits
Ron Shelton (written by)

Produced by
Stephen Chin .... producer
Kellie Davis .... associate producer
David V. Lester .... executive producer (as David Lester)
Original Music by
Alex Wurman 
Cinematography by
Mark Vargo (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Patrick Flannery 
Paul Seydor 
Casting by
Victoria Thomas 
Production Design by
Claire Jenora Bowin 
Art Direction by
Mary Saisselin 
Set Decoration by
Danielle Berman 
Costume Design by
Kathryn Morrison 
Makeup Department
Ken Chase .... makeup artist
Cheryl Eckert .... key hair stylist
Steve LaPorte .... makeup department head
Steve LaPorte .... makeup designer
Production Management
Brad Arensman .... post-production supervisor
David Siegel .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
H. Gordon Boos .... first assistant director
Eric Fox Hays .... second assistant director
David V. Lester .... second unit director
Emily McGovern .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Patrick Bolton .... set dresser
Walsh Carvalho .... set dresser
Gary Clark .... lead paint foreman
Bill Iiams .... construction coordinator
Mark David Kersey .... head greensman
David Mocsary .... lead man
Kevin Shaw .... assistant property master
Sound Department
Cesar Aguirre .... utility sound technician
David Bach .... dialogue editor
Dean Beville .... sound effects editor
Jason Brennan .... mix assistant (as Jason Brennor)
Peter Brown .... sound effects editor
David V. Butler .... sound editor
Stephen Hunter Flick .... supervising sound editor
Alexandra Gonzales .... dialogue editor
William Jacobs .... supervising sound editor
Ryan Juggler .... assistant sound editor
Jeffrey Kaplan .... dialogue editor
Samuel Lehmer .... sound re-recording mixer
Patricio A. Libenson .... sound recordist
Martin Lopez .... sound effects editor
Charles Maynes .... sound effects designer
Charles Maynes .... sound effects editor
Jon Michaels .... assistant sound editor
Linda Murphy .... boom operator
Ryan Murphy .... sound recordist
Jeffrey Perkins .... sound re-recording mixer
Tim Rakoczy .... assistant sound editor
Art Rochester .... production sound mixer
Greg Steele .... adr mixer
Addison Teague .... sound intern
Paul Berolzheimer .... special sound effects design (uncredited)
Paula Fairfield .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Flavio Leocata .... assistant sound recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Philip Bartko .... special effects technician
Gary D'Amico .... special effects supervisor
Cleveland Corder .... boxing double: Antonio Banderas
Sean Culver .... boxing double: Woody Harrelson
Chandra De Alessandro .... stunt double: Lolita Davidovitch (as Chandra Jones)
Anita Hart .... stunt double: Lolita Davidovitch
Michiko Nishiwaki .... stunt double: Lucy Liu
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael Alexonis .... best boy grip
Richard Brooks Burton .... aerial first assistant camera
Eric M. Davis .... lighting technician
Harry K. Garvin .... Steadicam operator
Harry K. Garvin .... camera operator: "a" camera
Cory Geryak .... gaffer
Scott C. Keys .... rigging electrician
Jim McComas .... electrician
Jason Newton .... key grip
David B. Nowell .... camera operator: second unit
David B. Nowell .... director of photography: second unit
Frank Parrish .... second assistant camera
Arnaud Peiny .... rigging key grip
Andres L. Porras .... camera operator
Tony Rivetti .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Tony Rivetti .... steadicam
Larry Sushinski .... assistant chief lighting technician
Joseph T. Terranova .... assistant chief lighting technician
Casting Department
Kim Coleman .... casting associate
Josh Gallegos .... casting production assistant
Jorina King .... extras casting: las vegas
Jennifer Madeloff .... local casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
John Patrick Doyle .... set costumer
Leslie Herman .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Elisa Cohen .... assistant editor
Andrew Drazek .... post-production intern
Mick Erausquin .... apprentice editor
Clay Rawlins .... assistant editor
Matvey Shatz .... color timer
Music Department
Tom Calderaro .... orchestrator
Andy Georges .... musician: guitar
Gordon Goodwin .... conductor
Jim Harrison .... supervising music editor
Teddy Kumpel .... musician: slide guitar (as Edward Kumpel)
John Lehmkuhl .... music programmer: drums
Sterling Meredith .... music supervisor
Steven L. Smith .... music preparation
Dawn Soler .... music supervisor (as Dawn Solér)
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn
Alex Wurman .... music arranger: choral
Alex Wurman .... musician: Hammond organ
Transportation Department
Gil Amaral .... driver: picture cars
Hedy Phil Balani .... driver
Alberto Coto .... driver
J. Armin Garza II .... driver: camera car
Jim Petti .... transportation co-captain
Marty Radcliff .... driver
Jonathan A. Rosenfeld .... transportation coordinator
Brian Steagall .... transportation captain
Jeff Verdick .... picture car coordinator
Other crew
Bill Caplan .... technical advisor: boxing
Carlos P. Cunha .... production assistant
Katherine Dorrer .... location scout: Washington D.C.
Darrell Foster .... boxing choreographer
Darrell Foster .... boxing trainer
Wilma Garscadden-Gahret .... script supervisor
Orlando R. Gonzales .... production secretary
Lisa Hackler .... assistant coordinator
Nancy Haecker .... assistant location manager
Daren Hicks .... production coordinator
Malle Jensen .... assistant: Mr. Banderas
Ryan Keating .... photo double: Michael Buffer
Ryan Keating .... stand-in: Michael Buffer
Michael Klastorin .... unit publicist
Linda Larmon .... set medic
Jimmy Marquez .... production assistant
Jimmy Marquez .... stand-in: Eloy Casados
Michael Neal .... payroll accountant
David Paris .... pilot
Alan D. Purwin .... pilot (as Alan Purwin)
Lauren Ross .... location manager
Hal Sadoff .... production financing
Rick Shuster .... pilot (as Rich Shuster)
Jim Wheelan .... location consultant (as James H. Wheelan)
Matt Woodard .... production assistant
David Yang .... assistant to producer
Jeff J. Davis .... craft service lead (uncredited)
Tom Todoroff .... acting consultant (uncredited)

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Also Known As:
"Play It" - USA (promotional title)
"My Sweet Guys" - Japan (English title)
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Rated R for brutal ring violence, strong sexuality including dialogue, nudity, pervasive language and some drug content
124 min
Color (DeLuxe)
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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 »
Revealing mistakes: 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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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Author: Swampfox from Los Angeles

A boxing film from minor or no league sports milieu chronicler Ron Shelton (Bull Durham, White Men Can't Jump) with the not exactly untested talents of Antonio Banderas, Woody Harrelson, Tom Sizemore, Robert Wagner, Richard Masur, Lolita Davidovich and Lucy Liu. What's wrong with this picture? Nothing once you get to the last third and the actual fight ensues. It's the first 90 minutes that's not quite a knock out. In our overly commercialized and celebrity athlete obsessed world culture, Shelton has made a career out of showing us the world of the also-rans (and jumped and hit and thrown, etc.). For every record breaking multi-millioned contract holder making even more telling the world to guzzle the Gatorade, there's a hundred guys like "Durham's" Crash Davis trying to eke out one more season before taking a job at the sports shop or hardware store. This is "Bone's" big stumble, not really establishing what kinda of lives these two has-beens lead now that they are reduced to working as sparring partners at a no-name local L.A. gym. Shelton would have written this a whole lot smarter if he had picked a venue he knew better back east, say New Orleans or St. Louis for Banderas' Cesar and Harrelson's Vince to hail from. It would have made the road trip a helluva lot more interesting visually, moving through prairie to mountains to desert. Instead, we get dried brush and rocks as back drop for Cesar and Vince's back and forth that is supposed to tell us who they are. And who they are isn't all that interesting, which is what's going to doom this film with audiences. This is story that starts off in the most contrived way. In a chain of events that starts with the undercard of a Mike Tyson fight in Vegas getting hopelessly stoned and haplessly dead, respectively, we are then asked to believe that the promoter would even in panic call two guys who don't even really fight any more. The film really needs the audience to believe and believe in these guys after this and Shelton fails to make Vince and Cesar unique enough. People might plunk down their eight bucks for a flick with stupendous special effects, but a great fight? Which is the one thing that "Play It To The Bone" has - a helluva fight. For filmgoers who thought the book had been written on showing a boxing match with either the high art stylization of "Raging Bull" or the pop art sequences of the Rocky franchise, prepare for the most brutally realistic display of the sweet science yet shown. In a sequence that uses a refreshing paucity of slow-mo shots, we are taken through ten rounds of sympathy-welt-raising fisticuffs. At least we know the time Shelton didn't spend on researching his characters wasn't wasted hobnobbing with Tyson and the other real-life boxing personalities who pop up in cameos during this section. It was spent watching God knows how many hours of old boxing film.

The sequence also manages a subtle commentary on the empty spectacle of such "event" sporting events, as the oblivious main event crowd gets sucked into Vince and Cesar's career defining contest. Here's what a boxing match is supposed to be about: two hungry guys out to prove they are top dog. And right up to the conclusion Shelton is on his way to making the first uninspired 90 minutes disappear - then he pulls his last punches and ruins it. This is when the anemic character develpment and unorginality catches up with him. The audience feels sucker-punched going out the door.

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