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Undisputed -- When heavyweight champion James 'Iceman' Chambers lands in prison, the resident gangster arranges a boxing match with the reigning prison champ.
Undisputed -- When heavyweight champion James 'Iceman' Chambers lands in prison, the resident gangster arranges a boxing match with the reigning prison champ.


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Writers (WGA):
David Giler (written by) &
Walter Hill (written by)
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Release Date:
23 August 2002 (USA) See more »
The Biggest Fight of Their Lives. See more »
When heavyweight champion George "Iceman" Chambers lands in prison, the resident gangster arranges a boxing match with the reigning prison champ. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Two sets of genres are run together (clichés and all) in a film that has little substance but just enough energy and style to make for a distracting piece of entertainment See more (91 total) »


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Wesley Snipes ... Monroe Hutchen

Ving Rhames ... George 'Iceman' Chambers

Peter Falk ... Mendy Ripstein

Michael Rooker ... A.J. Mercker

Jon Seda ... Jesus 'Chuy' Campos

Wes Studi ... Mingo Pace

Fisher Stevens ... James 'Ratbag' Kroycek

Dayton Callie ... Yank Lewis

Amy Aquino ... Darlene Early

Johnny Williams ... Al

Joe D'Angerio ... Vinnie

Nils Allen Stewart ... Vern Van Zant

Denis Arndt ... Warden Lipscom
Jim Lampley ... Himself

Ed Lover ... Marvin Bonds

Master P ... Gat Boyz Rapper 1
Silkk Tha Shocker ... Gat Boyz Rapper 2 (as Silkk the Shocker)
C-Murder ... Gat Boyz Rapper 3
Boz ... Gat Boyz Rapper 4
Nicholas Cascone ... Barry Pearl

Bruce A. Young ... Charles Soward

Byron Minns ... Saladin/Eddie Jones
Taylor Young ... Emily Byrne
Susan Dalian ... Jonelle
Johnathan Wesley Wallace ... Antoine Bonét
J.W. Smith ... Mess Guard
John David Jackson ... Man

Michael Bailey Smith ... Skinhead

Peter Jason ... Oakland TV Announcer

Steve Heinze ... Carlos

Ken Medlock ... Guard 1
George Grigas ... Tower Guard 1
Christopher Wynne ... Central Security Guard (as Chris Wynne)

George Christy ... Reporter 1

James Alan Hensz ... Reporter 2 (as Jim Hensz)
John D. Harrington ... Reporter 3
Toby Gibson ... Referee
Daren Libonatt ... Ref

Rose Rollins ... Tawnee Rawlins
Maureen O'Boyle ... Herself

Elaine Kagan ... Lady Judge

Sandra Vidal ... Fight Fan
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jonathan Burleigh Barnthouse ... 2nd Boxing Corner (uncredited)

Derek Sean Carlton ... Prison Guard (uncredited)
Jon DeCelles ... Skinhead (uncredited)

Jacob 'Stitch' Duran ... 1st Boxing Corner (uncredited)

Johann Heisey ... Skinhead (uncredited)

Heidi Jo Markel ... Reporter #4 (uncredited)
Andrei Mignea ... Inmate (uncredited)

George D. Miklos ... Prison Guard (uncredited)

Alexander Nevsky ... Prisoner (uncredited)
Bruce Pobanz ... Reporter (uncredited)

Reggi Danielle Sweat ... Reporter's assistant (uncredited)

Michael A. Tessiero ... Reporter #2 (uncredited)

Directed by
Walter Hill 
Writing credits
David Giler (written by) &
Walter Hill (written by)

Produced by
Boaz Davidson .... executive producer
Danny Dimbort .... executive producer
Michael P. Flannigan .... line producer: additional photography
Jason E. Frankel .... co-executive producer
David Giler .... producer
Anthony Hartman .... associate producer
Walter Hill .... producer
Brad Krevoy .... producer
Avi Lerner .... executive producer
Sandra Schulberg .... executive producer
Trevor Short .... executive producer
Wesley Snipes .... executive producer
Andrew Sugerman .... producer
John Thompson .... executive producer
Rudolf G. Wiesmeier .... executive producer
Original Music by
Stanley Clarke 
Cinematography by
Lloyd Ahern II 
Film Editing by
Freeman A. Davies 
Phil Norden 
Casting by
Reuben Cannon 
Production Design by
Maria Caso  (as Maria Rebman Caso)
Art Direction by
Michael D. Costello 
Set Decoration by
Alice Baker 
Jeremy Settles 
Costume Design by
Barbara Inglehart 
Makeup Department
Kelly Belmonte .... assistant makeup artist (as Kelly Belmont)
Clifford Booker .... hair stylist: Wesley Snipes (as Cliff Booker)
Doug Cress .... key makeup artist
Camille Friend .... special makeup effects artist
Cheryl Ann Nick .... makeup department head (as Cheryl Nick)
Wynona Price .... makeup artist: Mr. Rhames
Cyndi Reece-Thorne .... makeup artist: Mr. Snipes
Brian A. Tunstall .... hair department head
Production Management
Dave Duce .... assistant unit manager
Robert Hackl .... post-production supervisor
Pearl A. Lucero .... production supervisor
Andrew Sugerman .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Craig Amendola .... dga trainee
Melissa V. Barnes .... second assistant director
Dave Halls .... second assistant director
Anthony Hartman .... second unit director
James Alan Hensz .... first assistant director
Kenneth Roth .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Tonya Brewer Hunt .... props
Maria Doicheva .... painter
Jonathan R. Hodges .... property master
Keith A. Kropf .... paint foreman
Cheree Miller .... art department coordinator (as Cheree Welsh)
Edmond Scott Ratliff .... assistant property master
Cynthia C. Rebman .... on-set dresser
Kelleigh Reese .... set production assistant
Jeremy Settles .... set dresser
Sarah Sprawls .... art department assistant
Chris Tappy .... props
Sound Department
Erik Aadahl .... sound effects editor
Ulrika Akander .... dialogue editor
James Ashwill .... foley mixer
Dicken Berglund .... adr mixer
Richard Burton .... sound effects editor
Steven Gerrior .... first assistant sound editor
Jacob Goldstein .... sound recordist
Samuel Lehmer .... re-recording mixer
Steven Morrow .... sound mixer: Los Angeles
Bob Newlan .... adr supervisor
Todd Niesen .... adr editor
Jeffrey Perkins .... re-recording mixer
Brian Robinson .... boom operator
Buck Robinson .... utility sound
Christopher Sidor .... sound recordist
Jay Wilkinson .... supervising sound editor
Special Effects by
David J. Barker .... special effects
Josh Hakian .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
James Coulter .... digital artist: Digital Dimension
Jason Crosby .... digital artist: Digital Dimension
Benoit Girard .... visual effects supervisor: Digital Dimension
Matthew Merkovich .... matchmove artist
Jerome Morin .... visual effects producer: Digital Dimension
Leandro Visconti .... compositor: Digital Dimension (uncredited)
Greg Anderson .... stunts
Eric Chambers .... stunts
Brennan Dyson .... stunts
Clay Donahue Fontenot .... stunt double: Wesley Snipes
Steve Hart .... utility stunts
Cole S. McKay .... stunt coordinator
Alexander Nevsky .... stunts
Marcus Salgado .... stunt performer
Jeff Sanders .... stunts
Bryon Weiss .... stunts
Johnnyangel .... stunts (uncredited)
Carl Milinac .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Ron Batzdorff .... still photographer
Carl Boles .... gaffer
Mike Bonnaud .... assistant chief lighting technician
Michael Cassidy .... camera operator: second unit
Scott Crabbe .... video operator
Donald D. Davidson .... electrician
Don Domino .... grip
Mark Figueroa .... first assistant camera
Jeff Griffith .... second assistant camera
Mark La Bonge .... a cam/steadicam operator: Camera Operator ("a" camera )
Luis Moreno .... electrician
Andrew Osborne .... assistant camera
Paul V. Perkins .... dolly grip
Paul V. Perkins .... key grip
Michael J. Schwartz .... electrician
Mark Strasburg .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Greg Barrera .... electrician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Christopher Gray .... extras casting (as Chris Gray)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Craig Anthony .... costumer: Mr. Snipes
Lola Bullion Chambers .... costume supervisor
Michael A. Russell .... set costumer
Editorial Department
Todd Gilbert .... post-production executive
Mike Mertens .... color timer
Sam Vanny .... assistant editor
Location Management
Matthew Cassel .... assistant location manager
David A. Foster .... location manager
Music Department
Ron Finn .... music editor
David Schulhof .... music supervisor
Randy Spendlove .... executive in charge of music: Miramax
TQ .... composer: song "Think About You"
Ashley Waldron .... music clearance (as Ashley Miller)
Transportation Department
Gil Amaral .... transportation captain: Nevada
Tony Barattini .... driver
Glenn Knowlton .... transportation coordinator
Jimmy Ray Pickens .... driver
Marti Wells .... driver
Other crew
Lucio Amadio .... assistant to cast
Jennifer Berthelot .... office production assistant
Finley Bolton .... assistant: Mr. Rooker
Donald Bruce .... production controller
Angie Lee Cobbs .... assistant production coordinator
Lori Davis .... assistant: Mr. Snipes
Craig Dyer .... helicopter pilot
Ryan Ebelt .... production assistant
Stuart Fink .... unit publicist
Eric Fitzgerald .... title designer
Christopher J. Ford .... assistant: Mr. Rhames
Kimberly P. Harmon .... first assistant accountant
Anthony Hartman .... assistant: Mr. Giler and Mr. Hill
Eien Hyett .... title designer: main titles
Kirk Iverson .... production assistant
Ty Granderson Jones .... adr loop group
Grant Kaufman .... payroll accountant
Rebecca Knowlton .... production accountant
Micah Kwamina .... accounting assistant
David Lear .... production assistant
Cole S. McKay .... fight choreographer
Meaghan F. McLaughlin .... set production assistant
Kelleigh Reese .... set production assistant
Danielle Robertson .... assistant: Mr. Sugerman
Tricia Ronten .... script supervisor
Karen R. Sachs .... production coordinator
David Sitzman .... contracts administrator
Patrick J. Smith .... set production assistant
Brian Youmans .... set production assistant
Britta Ziegert .... financial controller

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Dead Lock" - Japan (English title)
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Rated R for strong language
Spain:96 min | USA:94 min | Argentina:96 min
Black and White (archive footage) | Color
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:16 | Australia:MA15+ | Finland:K-15 | France:Tous publics | Germany:12 (DVD rating) | Iceland:12 | Netherlands:16 | Netherlands:12 (TV rating) | Norway:15 | South Korea:15 | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | Switzerland:12 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:12 (canton of Vaud) | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #39695)

Did You Know?

Wesley Snipes objected to Miramax's demand to do a scene that would make his character more sympathetic.See more »
Factual errors: The movie stated that Sweetwater Prison is a Level 5 facility. California prisons do not have level 5 facilities. The classification level of every prison in California goes from Level 1 through Level 4. Level 1 is minimum and level 4 is maximum security. Examples of Level 4 facilities include Pelican Bay State Prison and High Desert State Prison.See more »
Mendy Ripstein:Two guys fighting to the finish, but just one guy wins because he's the better man, and that's what the god damned sport is about.See more »
Movie Connections:
Edited into Today You Die (2005) (V)See more »
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13 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Two sets of genres are run together (clichés and all) in a film that has little substance but just enough energy and style to make for a distracting piece of entertainment, 6 February 2006
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

When heavyweight champion of the world James "Iceman" Chambers is found guilty of rape of a showgirl he is sent to a new prison in the Californian desert where they send all the more unsavoury prisoners to avoid contaminating those "only" convinced of lesser crimes. However there already is an internal boxing contest within the prison and it already has a champ of over 10 years – Monroe Hutchens. Keen to establish who's is bigger, Iceman shows him up in front of the other inmates. To avoid a riot the warden puts Monroe in solitary while Iceman continues to tough it out in prison. As his expensive legal team prepare an appeal and defend all sorts of other actions, elderly mobster Mendy Ripstein starts pulling the strings to put on the only fight anyone wants to see – Monroe v Iceman.

Starting with a solid 15 minutes of style and energy I wondering if the film would be able to keep the pace up but, despite turning it down a little bit, the film does essentially keep moving with energy and style right till the very end. And it is just as well because there isn't really any substance to talk of in this rather noisy affair. The main character is essentially the writer's take on Tyson but the film doesn't really do anything more interesting with it that just hang the suggested similarities out there – Rhames may occasionally try to express something deeper than this but the material isn't there to help him. As it is though, Hill's direction and manner of keeping the screen busy and the camera moving helps inject life into what is really just a cross of clichés from sports movies and prison movies. It had enough to it to engage and entertain me without ever threatening to stick in my mind for much longer than the time it took to watch it.

The cast do a lot to help the impression of substance by providing lots of faces who put in effort. Rhames is a solid lead who does his Tyson impression well without ever lifting the material. Snipes matches him on this level by producing a simple performance but adding an impressive physical presence to the proceedings. The support cast are not all used that well but are essentially an impressive collection of well known faces who do add a sense of quality even if it doesn't deserve it. Falk was a strange but enjoyable find, while Rooker, Seda, Studi, Stevens, Lover and others all fill in around the edges.

Overall this is a fairly vacuous affair that gets by on huff, puff, energy and style and just about does it well enough to provide a distracting film without doing anything great. Two sets of genre clichés are pushed together and delivered with energy by Hill and his impressive cast and, while it isn't anything special it should at least provide brainless filler for 90 minutes.

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