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Writer:
Glen G. Doyle (written by)
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Release Date:
15 July 2003 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Fight to get in. Die to get out.
Plot:
Prisoners are dying at the Ogden Correctional Institution, a prison where a corrupt Warden has taken justice and business into his own hands... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Olivier Gruner ... Dirk
Jalal Merhi ... Bill

Lorenzo Lamas ... Max
Michael Blanks ... Black Jack
Gail Harris ... Nicole

Shaun T. Benjamin ... Warden Biggs (as Shant Bejanian)

Gary Hudson ... Baxter
Jim Shagen ... Pike (as Jim Schagen)

Lucas Bablin ... Slash

Lovake Heyer ... Dermot

Gerald Okamura ... Ming Li
Elise Moller ... Betsy

Mark Parra ... Twist

Derek Barbosa ... Parking Lot Thug (as Chino XL - Haugen)
Nino Cappuccino ... Parking Lot Thug
Winston Bailey ... Parking Lot Thug
Omar Kaczmarczyk ... Doctor

Shauna Sand ... Nurse (as Shauna Sand Lamas)

Kelly Pendygraft ... TV Reporter
Brock De Ville ... Prison Guard
Parris Washington ... Prison Guard
Roy Bamy ... Prison Guard
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Al Burke ... Fighter
Robert Chapin ... Fighter

Geoff Davis ... Thug #2

Bryan Genesse
Mike Ortiz ... Fighter
Bret Peterson ... Fighter
Robin Petgrave ... Helicopter pilot

Larnell Stovall ... Fighter
Jerry T. Adams ... Prison Guard (uncredited)
Russell Anamizu ... Fighter (uncredited)
Jonathan Durante ... Prison Fighter (uncredited)

Edwin Garcia II ... The Kid (uncredited)
Sean Kane ... Fighter (uncredited)
Robert McEvilly ... Prison Guard (uncredited)

Myke Michaels ... Tough Guy 2 (uncredited)

Roman Mitichyan ... Prisoner (uncredited)

Directed by
Jalal Merhi 
 
Writing credits
Glen G. Doyle (written by) (as Glen Gregory Doyle)

Produced by
Yakov Bentsvi .... producer: Los Angeles
Jacov Bresler .... associate producer
Lee Burton .... associate producer
Brian Cameron .... executive producer
Carol Davies .... co-producer
Olivier Gruner .... executive producer
Gail Harris .... executive producer
Ghandi Merhi .... associate producer
Jalal Merhi .... producer
Roberto Merhi .... associate producer
James Mou .... line producer
Alan M. Solomon .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Varouje 
 
Cinematography by
Curtis Petersen 
 
Film Editing by
Kevin Schjerning 
 
Art Direction by
Lara Blasingame Hancock  (as Lara Blasingame)
 
Makeup Department
Michele Tyminski Schoenbach .... makeup department head (as Michele Tyminski)
 
Production Management
Denise Skinner .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jacov Bresler .... first assistant director
Modique A. Burgess .... second second assistant director
Zachary Keats .... second unit director
Chris Ruiz .... second assistant director
 
Sound Department
James Dehr .... sound mixer
Gary Vaughan .... re-recording mixer
Gary Vaughan .... sound editor
 
Stunts
Robert Chapin .... stunts
Gokor Chivichyan .... stunts
Edwin Garcia II .... stunts
Mike Ortiz .... featured fighter
Jeremiah Vaughn .... stunt performer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
John Habell .... grip
Thomas Martin .... gaffer
Sean Murray .... electrician
Tereza Nelson .... assistant camera
Bill Otto .... electrician
Curtis Petersen .... camera operator: "a" camera
 
Casting Department
Wizzard Elliott .... extras casting
 
Editorial Department
Alfredo Frasson .... color timer
 
Location Management
Miriam Davis .... location manager
 
Other crew
Jen Fiedler .... production assistant
Cass Franklin .... production assistant
Sherry Gunderman .... script supervisor
Robin Petgrave .... helicopter pilot
Ryan Sims .... production assistant
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Circuit 2" - USA (short title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for violent content and some language
Runtime:
Canada:90 min | USA:90 min
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Certification:
Australia:MA15+ (cable rating) | Australia:M (original rating) | Germany:18 | Netherlands:16 | USA:R

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Followed by The Circuit III: Final Flight (2006) (V)See more »

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"I want to know if you can fight", 19 January 2016
Author: The_Phantom_Projectionist from United States

The B-movie snob in me claims that ever since Isaac Florentine released his UNDISPUTED sequels, there's really no reason to branch into other prison fight flicks. Such snootiness was probably justified for the below-average Olivier Gruner vehicle THE CIRCUIT, but less so when it comes to that one's sequel. THE CIRCUIT 2 makes a genuine effort to address the shortcomings of its predecessor and is definitely the better movie, though its considerable faults will probably make it a waste of time for viewers who aren't already fans of the low-budget fight scene. Gruner fans ought to definitely investigate.

The story: When his significant other pays dearly for investigating an organized prison fighting circuit, the returning Dirk Longstreet (Gruner) goes undercover as an inmate to break the secret to the world…and exact revenge.

As far as prison flicks go, this one is pretty tame, with minimal exploitation and even a noticeable lack of outright brutality when it comes to the brawls. The utilization of the cast is likewise a soft touch: in addition to Olivier, the lineup's comprised of B-grade butt-kickers Lorenzo Lamas, Jalal Merhi, Michael Blanks, Shaun Benjamin, and Gary Hudson, and while Lamas, Blanks, and Hudson mix it up physically, they're definitely not being used to their fullest extent. Blanks' involvement is particularly disappointing, because he's set up as a strong supporting character but ends up not doing more than fighting. The storyline is straight-forward but still has time for the occasional fruitless detour and goofiness: warden Benjamin impresses on Gruner his need to have a dominant white champion to appease the supposedly racist audience, but this never seems to be an issue, and later there's an unintentionally humorous scene wherein Gruner engages in an hours-long foot chase with the main fighter (Jim Shagen).

There's a *lot* of fighting in this movie: only counting the fights that last at least ten seconds brings me to 21 separate brawls. Their quality is a major step up from the abortive scraps of the original feature, with an admirable variety of fighting styles on display, some choreographic highlights, and a satisfying scene wherein Gruner and Lorenzo Lamas team up to fight some thugs in a parking lot (it's a funny juxtaposition wherein Olivier is clearly giving his all but Lamas dispatches opponents with customary ease). Gruner looks legitimately skilled and powerful, like a UFC competitor, and faces a unique roster of opponents including a high-kicking Larnell Stovall and a whip-wielding Robert Chapin. Nevertheless, I can't point to a single encounter as an objectively great fight. Many of them are one-sided, and even moments of directorial ambitiousness are diluted by poor camera-work and editing. The film climaxes with a tournament, but it's meaningless because most of the matches are over so quickly that you hardly have enough time to distinguish between the fighters.

Still, I give the cumulative package a passing score, and with the final installment to the CIRCUIT trilogy unlikely to receive a North American release, we can at least say that the west's exposure to the franchise ended on a decent note. Fight fans can easily bear it on a slow night, and fans who enjoy Olivier's work mainly for the kickboxing ought to be happy with this. Don't go out of your way for this one, but don't give it the cold shoulder, either.

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