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Undefeated (2003)

A boxer must navigate a path between his newfound fame and his former life.

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Lex Vargas
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Loco
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Chewey
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Franky (as Juan Carlos Hernandez)
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Victor
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Old man
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Paulie
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Mommy (as Guillermo Diaz)
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Mack
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Arnie Rosenthal ...
Boxing Announcer (as Arnie 'Tokyo' Rosenthal)
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Lex 'El Animal' Vargas is a promising Portorican boxer in Queens, but lacks ambition to aim for the big career. That changes after his brother Paulie is accidentally shot dead by a teenager in an amateur hold-up on their late dad's shop, which he now closes to turn professional boxer. His star rises fast, but success brings its own problems, as he he lacks experience to handle professionals and resist the abuse they and his ghetto past entourage make of his generous nature. (...) Written by KGF Vissers

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A winner always knows where he is going. A champion never forgets. See more »

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While promoting the film's release, John Leguizamo held a press conference with boxer Fernando Vargas. The two thumb wrestled in front of the crowd. See more »

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moving pursuit of a dream
21 August 2003 | by (New York.N.Y.) – See all my reviews

UNDEFEATED explores the boxing genre in a real, raw, and at times funny way. The boxing sequences are some of the best I've ever seen; people are actually fighting, there's no bull.

The film has a noir quality to it: dark and moody, filled with the complexities that follow us when we pursue our dreams.

Terrific performances from John Leguizamo, newcomer Adrian Martinez as "Chewey," and Nester Serrano as John's trainer. The rest of the cast is rock-solid too.

If you expect this film to be a laughfest like Leguizamo's one man shows, you will be disappointed. Instead, UNDEFEATED reveals the dramatic, complex Leguizamo; and an authentic look at the friends we may have to leave behind when life forces us to make some hard choices.


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