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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.
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):
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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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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:

Derek Sean Carlton ... Prison Guard (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 Belmont .... assistant makeup artist
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
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
Cheree Welsh .... art department coordinator
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 .... sound re-recording mixer
Steven Morrow .... sound mixer: Los Angeles
Bob Newlan .... adr supervisor
Todd Niesen .... adr editor
Jeffrey Perkins .... sound 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
Chris Gray .... extras casting
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
Music Department
Ron Finn .... music editor
David Schulhof .... music supervisor
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
Matthew Cassel .... assistant location manager
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
David A. Foster .... location manager
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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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:
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Did You Know?

Undisputed wasn't released in Australia for 10 years until it was released on DVD in 2012.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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35 out of 43 people found the following review useful.
A Champ, 27 August 2002
Author: jon.h.ochiai ( from Los Angeles, CA

Director Walter Hill's "Undisputed" is a great guy's movie. It's a fight movie set in Sweetwater Prison in the Mohavje Desert, starring tough guys Wesley Snipes and Ving Rhames. What distinguishes this guy's movie are a couple things: the expert and lean direction of Hill, the crisp and intelligent script by David Giler and Hill, and one of the best boxing fight scenes ever done in the movies.

Ving Rhames plays former undisputed Heavyweight Champion James "Ice Man" Chambers, convicted of rape and stripped of his title and sentenced to serve his time in Sweetwater. While there he learns that Monroe Hutchen (Wesley Snipes) is the "undisputed" champ at Sweetwater, and he has been undefeated champion for ten years. For the Ice Man, there can be only one champion, and that would be himself. It is predictable that the two will fight at the end, and this is arranged by mobster inmate Mendy Ripstein (a very good Peter Falk). What is not predicable is that Giler and Hill make both Ice Man and Monroe admirable and fascinating characters. You have to credit Rhames and Snipes. Rhames takes what could have been a Mike Tyson caricature, and transformed him into a complex and empathic character. His Ice Man is vicious, crude, arrogant, but also both smart and articulate. Credit Rhames on several occasions for scaring us with the ruthlessness of his Ice Man, and for also surprising us with his understanding of his stature in life as a Heavyweight champion. Ice Man is definitely the more showy character. Snipes underplays it right as Monroe, a great foil to the Ice Man. Snipes's Monroe is not afraid. Monroe knows that "Any fighter can be beat on a given day...", and the game is how long you stay on top and be the best. Monroe is matter of fact, and always in control-- the last time he wasn't got him in prison. Ice and Monroe are both convicts that operate by a code of honor, and that makes all the difference in the movie. It's all about standing your ground, and whoever wins, wins. "Undisputed" also is an homage to boxing and it's history, because ultimately it is about two men seeing who is better on that particular day. There is something pure and whole about that, which is both appreciated and respected.

The final boxing match is awesome. Snipes is an accomplished martial artist and he trained with Emmanuel Stewart. Snipes looks amazing as a boxer-- body movement and combinations. Rhames also looks very impressive and fearsome. It's a 15 minute fight in a 90 minute movie. Walter Hill is the Man.

"Undisputed" is a no nonsense boxing movie that entertains and makes us think. And that is not bad for a very unpretentious movie.

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