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Undefeated (2003)

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

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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 's going. A champion never forgets where he's from. See more »

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John Leguizamo wrote the first draft of this screenplay while on location in Australia, filming Moulin Rouge! (2001). See more »

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Disappointingly second rate
27 July 2003 | by (Orange County, CA USA) – See all my reviews

"Undefeated" is a shabby and hackneyed rags to riches story about a poor Latino boxer from Jackson Heights, NY who wins the a welterweight championship and finds the challenges in the ring are small compared to the challenges in his personal life. An unfortunate directorial debut for Leguizamo, this film shows us nothing new, is ill-focused, uneven, and full of cliches and two dimensional characters. As a human drama, "Undefeated" is a mediocre B-flick. As a fight film, it falls on its face and does nothing to give insights into the real, fascinating, and corrupt world of professional boxing. (C)


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