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Warrior (2011)

PG-13 | | Drama, Sport | 9 September 2011 (USA)
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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.



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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 MConnell

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Family is worth fighting for. See more »


Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense mixed martial arts fighting, some language and thematic material | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

9 September 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La última pelea  »

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Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,242,107, 11 September 2011, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$13,657,115, 3 November 2011

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$23,057,115, 3 November 2011
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The role of the promoter, played by director Gavin O'Connor, was originally written for TapouT, founder "Charles 'Mask' Lewis." Lewis was killed by a drunk driver just before shooting began. O'Connor spoke at Lewis' memorial service on April 14, 2009, six days before principal photography began. The film is dedicated to him. See more »


North Hills Senior High School, where Brendan taught physics, and the Twin Highway Drive-in theater, where his students watched the final two fights, take place in Philadelphia but are actually located in Pittsburgh, where most of the rest of the movie is set. See more »


[first lines]
Paddy Conlon: [arriving home] Tommy? Jesus! What are you doing here?
Tom Conlon: I was just passing through. I figured why not have a belt with the old man.
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References UFC 1: The Beginning (1993) See more »


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A wonderfully, well written story
10 September 2011 | by See all my reviews

This movie is truly, truly OUTSTANDING! I am in complete shock over the performances in this film. Nick Nolte, as usual, gives a gritty, gut wrenching, emotional performance that left me buckling at the knees. One of my all time favorite movies of Mr. Nolte was Rich Man, Poor Man, absolutely a god given talent! The performances of Mr. Hardy and Mr. Edgeron were academy award winning, I would love to see more of them by far! I cried throughout the movie, and when it was over, I could not wait to tell everyone about it. A terrific ensemble cast and movie that certainly should be up for Best Picture!! A definitive Oscar nod for Nick Nolte, and if it were up to me, Mr. Hardy and Mr. Edgeron would walk away with one as well! If you have not seen this movie, drop what you are doing, run to your nearest theater. This movie is truly what being a performer is all about! My hat is off to you all!!!

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