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

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Box Office

Budget:

$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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Trivia

Frank Grillo, who plays MMA trainer Frank Campana, and Bryan Callen, who plays an MMA commentator, later appeared together in Kingdom (2014), where they played main character, MMA trainer Alvey Kulina, and MMA promoter Garo Kassabian respectively. See more »

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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 »

Quotes

[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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The Sun and Earth
Written by Stephen Kilroy, Stephen Smith, Timothy Chappelear, Erik Dean, and Anthony Acampora
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A different interpretation of the ending.
24 April 2012 | by See all my reviews

Please don't read this if you don't want the ending given away.

I've noticed a lot of people complaining that the ending spoils the film and is clichéd because the underdog and not the better fighter wins.

I'm not suggesting that my interpretation is the right one but my view is somewhat different than the one some people hold. It is perfectly logical to point out that Brendan had hard fights to get to the final and that he would probably have been exhausted and that Tommy has had a much easier route.

However, the point is that he made that route easier because of his rage. Tommy is only the more destructive force because of that. His demons are driving him on because he is lost. He cannot or will not reach out to connect with his father or brother. The point is that the dam is broken when he sees his father in the hotel room raging against Ahab. This is deeply symbolic. I think you are meant to draw the connection with Ahab who was driven by his own rage with the rage of the father which destroyed his family to the rage which Tommy now feels. Even though he is drunk it is no coincidence that his father refers to Tommy as Ahab and bellows at him to stop the ship. At the point that Tommy takes him in his arms and holds him he begins the healing process but loses what makes him such a formidable fighter. Thus he is simply unable to blow his brother away in the way that he has done to every other opponent.

The other crucial point (and you would have to be a younger brother to fully get this one) is that Tommy doesn't really want to beat his brother at that point. He needs to know that his brother loves him and perhaps that he regrets not reaching out to him when they were younger. The fact that he taps out only at the point when Brendan says he loves him is significant as is the fact that he breaks down in the corner before the final round. Had he still been carrying his rage he would surely rather have been rendered unconscious than submit.

In other words, for me it was the perfect ending and the more you think about the film the more profound it seems.

All in my view of course. Which could be a load of old rubbish.


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