The youngest son of an alcoholic former boxer returns home, where he's trained by his father for competition in a mixed martial arts tournament - a path that puts the fighter on a collision course with his estranged, older brother.
A botched card game in London triggers four friends, thugs, weed-growers, hard gangsters, loan sharks and debt collectors to collide with each other in a series of unexpected events, all for the sake of weed, cash and two antique shotguns.
Two brothers face the fight of a lifetime - and the wreckage of their broken family - within the brutal, high-stakes world of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighting in Lionsgate's action/drama, WARRIOR. A former Marine, haunted by a tragic past, Tommy Riordan returns to his hometown of Pittsburgh and enlists his father, a recovered alcoholic and his former coach, to train him for an MMA tournament awarding the biggest purse in the history of the sport. As Tommy blazes a violent path towards the title prize, his brother, Brendan, a former MMA fighter unable to make ends meet as a public school teacher, returns to the amateur ring to provide for his family. Even though years have passed, recriminations and past betrayals keep Brendan bitterly estranged from both Tommy and his father. But when Brendan's unlikely rise as an underdog sets him on a collision course with Tommy, the two brothers must finally confront the forces that tore them apart, all the while waging the most intense, ... Written by
The character "Koba" seems to loosely resemble real-life Mixed Martial Artist Fedor Emelianenko, who was the #1 ranked Heavyweight in Mixed Martial Arts for over seven years and was considered unbeatable. He also was Russian and a Sambo Champion multiple times over. Moreover, there is even a physical resemblance, as Fedor was white, bald, and about Koba's size. However, the name "Koba" was a moniker for Josef Stalin. Emelianenko's reputation as a professional athlete, as well as his character, are highly positive, and his physique is pudgier than that of Angle's, so the similarity is only in their professional achievements. See more »
When Paddy tells Tommy that he'll leave the coffee out until 0500 hours (5:00am), a digital alarm clock in the background reveals that the time is already 5:23am.
Paddy may have been speaking in reference to future awakenings but this doesn't sound like the case, however, Paddy says that climbing the stairs hurts his knees and so it's likely he doesn't go up there often, thus, the clock may still be set on summertime. See more »
Tommy? Jesus! What are you doing here?
I was just passing through. I figured why not have a belt with the old man.
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I had the pleasure of seeing Warrior at 2011 CinemaCon, walking in not knowing a thing about the movie, other than it was a movie about 'fighting.' And though a MMA movie (Mixed Martial Arts), not boxing, per se, for the genre, fighting, Warrior delivers a much better story than The Fighter, and is on par with Clint Eastwood's Oscar winner, Million Dollar Baby.
Expect a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nod in 2012 for Nick Nolte. And superstar status for Tom Hardy.
Warrior, though a work of fiction, plays out like a true story; two brothers at odds with each other and their father, in the town of Pittsburgh, who resort to prize fighting, one for the money, the other to prove himself a man.
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