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Peaceful Warrior (2006)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Romance, Sport  |  23 June 2006 (USA)
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A chance encounter with a stranger changes the life of a college gymnast.



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Dan Millman has it all: good grades, a shot at the Olympic team on the rings and girls lining up for the handsome Berkely college athlete all teams mates look up to with envy. Only one man shakes his confidence, an anonymous night gas station attendant, who like Socrates, keeps questioning every assumption in his life. Then a traffic crash shatters Dan's legs, and his bright future. Now Socrates's life coaching is to make or break Dan's revised ambition. Written by KGF Vissers

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A Movie That Changes Lives. See more »


Drama | Romance | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sensuality, sex references and accident scenes | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

23 June 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A békés harcos útja  »

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Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$80,602 (USA) (2 June 2006)


$1,055,654 (USA) (18 August 2006)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the opening dream sequence, Dan is wearing a uniform with the traditional UC Berkeley colors (blue and gold) and the script Cal logo. The opposing team wears red, the color of Stanford, Cal's arch rival since the late 19th century. See more »


In the crash sequence, Dan lands in a shower of safety glass chunks after going over the car. When the scene moves to another shot, all of the car's windows remain intact. See more »


[from trailer]
Socrates: I call myself a Peaceful Warrior... because the battles we fight are on the inside
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References The Karate Kid (1984) See more »


Written by Lauren Adams, Matthew Niblock and Richard Masur
Performed by Lauren Adams
Published by MSBLOU MUSIC
Courtesy of BMI
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Really good!
1 May 2006 | by (Los Angeles, California) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie at a screening,(ironically at UCLA) and I really liked it. The only part I didn't like about it was the odd editing they did to make UCLA look like Cal. Of course, I'm a Bruin, so maybe I could tell the differences more.

The movie itself was sad, but at the same time, inspiring. One of the best parts of this movie is the student-teacher relationship between Dan and Socrates, his mentor. This movie hits home because it almost portrays the classic American Dream and the many people who chase it. Dan Milliman, the main character, is living the good life: he's one of the best athletes on the team, popular with the girls, still gets excellent grades. In all, his life is perfect. Yet, in a strange way, he's not entirely satisfied with his life, and you can see that the way he is living isn't good for his well-being. When he meets his mentor, he goes through an entire mental cleansing that is portrayed with humor and poignancy.

In the end, the point of this movie is not whether he reaches his goal or not, but the process of going there, and thats what makes this movie worthwhile.

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