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Circle of Pain -- Following a fighting accident, Dalton Hunt retired from the world of mixed martial arts at the top of his game. As Dalton is lured back into the world of fighting, he strides to become the warrior he once was.
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15 August 2010 (USA) See more »
Pain is temporary, pride lasts forever.
Following a fighting accident, Dalton Hunt retired from the world of mixed martial arts at the top of his game. As Dalton is lured back into the world of fighting, he strides to become the warrior he once was. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Tony Schiena ... Dalton Hunt

Dean Cain ... Wyatt

Louis Herthum ... Willy

Talise Zirilli ... Grace

Bai Ling ... Victoria Rualan
Frank Mir ... Axl

Heath Herring ... Colin 'the brick' Wahle
Roger Huerta ... Roger

Kevin 'Kimbo Slice' Ferguson ... Reg
Yves Edwards ... Bronner
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Brandon M. Blake ... Bar Patron
Jonathan Carbonaro ... TV Studio Engineer
Darlen Escobar ... Hot Girl #1
Ron Hernandez

Jace Jeanes ... Rafael

John Edward Lee ... Cliff

Shannon Lepard
Michael John Marcinik ... Camera Man
Joe McDaniel ... Luther the Trainer
Craig Nigh ... Grant Camper
Liam Owen ... Marty the Bartender
Garry Peters ... Todd Plumb
Gary Peters

Brandon Rex Sanders ... MMA Fan
Patrick Stanger ... Ring Announcer
Julia Stockstad

Gary Teague ... MMA Fan
Miguel Torres ... Kwan

Jude S. Walko ... Construction Foreman
James M. Willis ... Bar Patron

Heath Young ... Fight Fan

Franky Coronado ... Fight fan (uncredited)

Brandon K. Hampton ... Fight Fan (uncredited)
Doug LaRue ... Fight Fan (uncredited)
Air Saturn ... Fight Fan (uncredited)
Gary W. Shaw ... Trainer (uncredited)
Dan Siegelstein ... Construction Worker (uncredited)

Directed by
Daniel Zirilli 
Writing credits
Bobby Mort  screenplay and story and
Daniel Zirilli  story

Sean Patrick O'Reilly (story)

Produced by
Ryan S. Black .... associate producer
Barry Brooker .... executive producer
Alan B. Bursteen .... executive producer
David Cuddy .... executive producer
Deboragh Gabler .... producer
Michael Z. Gordon .... producer
Eileen Hoeter .... associate producer
Sean Patrick O'Reilly .... producer
Liam Owen .... co-producer
Jude S. Walko .... line producer
Stan Wertlieb .... executive producer
Daniel Zirilli .... executive producer
Original Music by
Jeff Tymoschuk 
Film Editing by
Kelly A. Morris  (as Kelly Morris)
Casting by
Lindsay Chag 
Rachel Flanagan 
Judy Lee 
Production Design by
Brandon M. Blake 
Michael Nemirsky 
Set Decoration by
Vicki Solis 
Bianca Tilley 
Costume Design by
Linda Lou von Hochtritt 
Makeup Department
Gina Elkins .... key hair stylist
Jenine Galante .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Suzan Derkson .... unit production manager
Cher Hanusiak .... post-production supervisor
Ryan Kuehl .... behind the scenes
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bill Barker .... second assistant director
Arnold Chon .... second unit director
Christopher Dufau .... second second assistant director
Gilda Longoria .... first assistant director
Romy Stevenson .... first assistant director
Jude S. Walko .... second unit director
Barker White .... second assistant director
Art Department
Leila Dallal .... set dresser
Micah Goldfarb .... construction assistant
Tim Hintsala .... property master
Stewart Smithson .... props
Sound Department
Brandon M. Blake .... boom operator
Fulton Dromgoole .... boom operator
David Green .... sound effects editor
Javier Marin Leyton .... foley artist
Javier Marin Leyton .... foley editor
Bill Mellow .... sound designer
Iain Pattison .... sound re-recording mixer
Christopher M. Ray .... bg editor (as Chris Ray)
James M. Willis .... sound mixer
Mark Chavarria .... utility stunts
Arnold Chon .... fight coordinator
Arnold Chon .... stunt coordinator
Colin Mitchell Duffy .... utility stunts
Jace Jeanes .... assistant stunt coordinator
Mike Wilson .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael Anderson .... grip
Mike Andrade .... director of photography: additional
Jonathan Carbonaro .... b camera: first assistant camera
Joy Chiang .... electrician
Dustin Cross .... digital imaging technician
Geoffrey Frost .... first assistant camera
Margaret Licarione .... still photographer
Michael John Marcinik .... camera operator
Gary W. Shaw .... key grip
Dan Siegelstein .... best boy grip
Brandon Torres .... gaffer
Iskra Valtcheva .... additional first assistant camera: second unit
Iskra Valtcheva .... additional second assistant camera
Justin Paul Warren .... best boy electric
Justin Paul Warren .... gaffer: second unit
Casting Department
Karen Hallford .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Brandon M. Blake .... wardrobe assistant
Tamar Madrigal .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Conor Byrne .... first assistant editor
Cher Hanusiak .... post-production supervisor
Music Department
Don Harrison .... music supervisor
Transportation Department
C. Wylie Earnhart .... transportation captain
Abe Guerra .... driver
Melissa Lane .... transportation coordinator
Pete Quintero .... driver
Other crew
Dale Cornick .... production supervisor
Matt DeBow .... studio manager
Elliot Jackson .... assistant location manager
Peter LaCorte .... production accountant
Melinda Marroquin .... production coordinator
James McMahan .... production assistant
Jim O'Brien .... caterer
Tany Rangen .... assistant to producers
Michael Steves .... script supervisor
Marti Swanson .... location manager
Danny Webber .... legal counsel
Lorraine Yawney .... payroll accountant
Brandon Baker .... special thanks

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Rated R for strong sexuality/nudity, violence and language
90 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Australia:MA (2010) | Germany:18 | Netherlands:16 | Singapore:M18 | USA:R (certificate #45932)
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6 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
A cheap cash grab, 4 September 2010
Author: lovecraft231 from United States

I'm not really much of a Mixed Martial Arts fan to tell the truth. I watch professional wrestling (a man deserves his guilty pleasures, okay?) and I had a passing interest in Mixed Martial Arts in my teen years, but that's it. So I'm not really aware of "Tapout" or whatever it is, other than the fact that 1.) I see guys wearing "Tapout"shirts in town (and I've seen them in Wal Mart) and 2.) That they've released several Straight to DVD movies via Lionsgate, those purveyors of bad exploitation trash on DVD. So It was only a matter of time until I watched one of these movies, and I decided to go with "Circle of Pain", which while better than other "Tapout Presents..." ventures, is still a terrible movie.

Dalton Hunt (Tony Schiena) is a retired fighter whose been living a quiet life. Thing is, Colin "The Brick" Wahle (Heath Herring) is about to beat his record. So thanks to his pal Wyatt (Dean "I was Superman and now I can't get a role worth a damn" Cain) that he put in a wheelchair and the villainous director of a MMA company named Victoria Rualan (Bai Ling) telling him he has to, Dalton must come out of retirement to battle Wahle.

One of the things that's really noteworthy about "Circle of Pain" (and other "Tapout Presents..." movies") is how cheap the whole thing looks. The production values aren't exactly shot on video bad, but they essentially resemble those of a soft core skin flick. Also notable is that like it's predecessors, the movie suddenly becomes something of a soft core flick, with sex scenes thrown in for no reason whatsoever other than to pad out time. Apart from that, little if anything stands out in this movie, which is amateurishly directed by Daniel Zirilli, features few if any invigorating fight or action scenes, and is guilty of false advertising (the movie advertises Kimbo Slice as the star, but he's only in the film for two scenes.) Also, the acting is (as expected) terrible. Look, people pay to watch these guys beat the tar out of each other, not for their acting skills (though Herring at least seems to be having fun.) Dean Cain (who must curse the name of Terri Hatcher every day of his life) in particular is bad, seeming to be bored and uninterested as if he's only doing this for the paycheck. Hell, the only reason this isn't getting a 0/10 is because of Bai Ling. An underrated actress (with credits including "The Crow", "Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow" and "The Beautiful Country"), she seems to know what kind of movie this is, and plays the villain to a hammy T, delivering the only fun performance in the movie.

As a whole, there is not reason whatsoever to watch "Circle of Pain", which doesn't feel like something made for MMA fans as much as it feels like a cheap cash grab. I do wish that Tapout and Lionsgate would stop releasing these movies, but it's obviously not going to happen anytime soon.

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