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Redbelt (2008)

R | | Drama, Sport | 9 May 2008 (USA)
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A fateful event leads to a job in the film business for top mixed-martial arts instructor Mike Terry. Though he refuses to participate in prize bouts, circumstances conspire to force him to consider entering such a competition.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Collins
Academy Fighter
Gini Collins
Luciana Souza ...
Singer in Bar
The Magician (as Cyril Takata)
Scott Barry ...
Billy the Bartender
Dylan Flynn
Ricardo Silva
Ricardo Wilke ...


Is there room for principle in Los Angeles? Mike Terry teaches jujitsu and barely makes ends meet. His Brazilian wife, whose family promotes fights, wants to see Mike in the ring making money, but to him competition is degrading. A woman sideswipes Mike's car and then, after an odd sequence of events, shoots out the studio's window. Later that evening, Mike rescues an action movie star in a fistfight at a bar. In return, the actor befriends Mike, gives him a gift, offers him work on his newest film, and introduces Mike's wife to his own - the women initiate business dealings. Then, things go sour all at once, Mike's debts mount, and going into the ring may be his only option. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Drama | Sport

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Rated R for strong language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

9 May 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ceinture rouge  »

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$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$63,361 (USA) (2 May 2008)


$2,344,847 (USA) (11 July 2008)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


David Mamet had been studying jiu-jitsu for about 6 years prior to making the film. See more »


When Ricardo comes out from behind the curtain the red band on his belt is on the right side. Then when the camera changes it's on the left side. See more »


[first lines]
Mike Terry: Tie him up.
[to class]
Mike Terry: The hands are not the issue. The fight is the issue. The battle is the issue. Who imposes the terms of the battle will impose the terms of the peace. Think he has a handicap? No. The other guy has a handicap if he cannot control himself. You control yourself, you control him.
[to student]
Mike Terry: Take him to court.
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Performed by Oedo Suderoku Taiko
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10 May 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I almost did not watch this film. I have been burned by David Mamet in the past. In fact, I still believe that "Spartan" was the worst film ever made. But boy did he make up for it with this one. The film centers around Mike Terry, an idealist, who runs his own dojo and trains students fighting skills and souls. His wife believes Mike is addicted to poverty, but really, he is addicted to honor. Financial and ethical problems result in Mike having to do what he never has done before, fight in a competition. The action scenes are great. The international talent is wonderful. The attention to detail, first class. You will recognize many people from the world of MMA here, including Frank Trigg and Randy Couture, but the actor that plays Mike Terry is what makes the film shine, excellent job. Take it from someone that is not a Mamet shill, this film rocks!

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