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The Hammer (2007)

 -  Comedy | Romance | Sport  -  26 April 2007 (USA)
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Jerry Ferro's 40th birthday has brought his life into sharp relief and it's not a pretty picture. A once-promising amateur boxer -- who quit so he wouldn't risk his perfect record of ... See full summary »

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Jerry Ferro's 40th birthday has brought his life into sharp relief and it's not a pretty picture. A once-promising amateur boxer -- who quit so he wouldn't risk his perfect record of underachievement -- Jerry has been knocking around from one construction job to another and spinning his wheels in an unsatisfying relationship, all the while with an eye toward eventually getting his act together. His last connection to the fight game is the evening boxing class he teaches to middle-aged, middle class, middle management types at a gym in Pasadena, where he also works as a handyman. When venerable boxing coach Eddie Bell asks Jerry if he'd like to spar a couple of rounds with Malice Blake, an up-and-coming pro, Jerry reluctantly steps into the ring. Despite the ass-kicking Jerry otherwise receives, a one-punch knockdown of Blake convinces Jerry that it's time to make his return to competitive boxing. Thus ends a 20-year layoff and begins a hilarious fish-out-water quest for Olympic gold. Written by Anonymous

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boxing | olympics | gym | coach | birthday | See more »

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Some Guys Don't Know Their Destiny Till It Hits Them In The Face. See more »

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Comedy | Romance | Sport

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Rated R for brief language | See all certifications »

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26 April 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$850,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$97,137 (USA) (21 March 2008)

Gross:

$442,638 (USA) (2 May 2008)
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Adam Carolla has gone on many rants on his podcast about the film's rating. Despite just one use of the f-word and minimal cursing, the movie is still rated R. See more »

Goofs

In the opening credits when Jerry spills coffee on himself several coffee grounds are stuck to his face. They vanish and reappear through the scene. See more »

Quotes

Jerry Ferro: You guys sure seem to love Nicaragua except for the part where you risked your lives not to live there any more.
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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: Episode dated 22 March 2008 (2008) See more »

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Eye of the Tiger
Composed and Produced by Jim Peterik and Frankie Sullivan
Performed by Survivor
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A Knockout Film!
15 August 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

For being such a low budget film I was very surprised at how good this film was. Just goes to show that money doesn't make a great film; good story, good acting, lots of funny one-liners and a heart-warming plot do.

I definitely recommend that you watch this!

***FILLER*** aka blah, blah........

I hope Adam Coralla puts together another film. Its too bad this one went straight to DVD with little to no publicity. I've seen numerous films with huge budgets and tons of publicity which were absolutely terrible...........


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