Legendary (2010)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Sport  |  9 September 2010 (Kuwait)
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A book-smart teenager joins his school's wrestling team as a way to reunite his surviving family members, who split apart after the death of his father, a college wrestling legend, 10 years ago.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sharon Chetley
Cal Chetley
Luli Stringfellow
Harry 'Red' Newman
Coach Tennent
Teo Olivares ...
Donald Worthington.
Theo 'Gnat' Henderson (as Kareem Grimes)
Christopher Alan Weaver ...
Joe Easley
Robert Bryan ...
3rd Kid
Yvonne Misiak ...
Laura Melton
Patrick Cox ...
Guy / Son of a bitch


Coming of age in small-town Oklahoma. High schooler Cal Chetley is a brainy beanpole who lives with his widowed mother. Ten years earlier his father, a state wrestling champion, died in a car crash. Cal's older brother Mike, also a former wrestling champion but now down and out at 28, is estranged from the family. Over the course of a fall and winter, Cal joins the high school wrestling team while searching out Mike to ask for help. Mike rejects the offer, but Cal is persistent. Will Mike accept the challenge or is he destined to let Cal down? Giving advice and encouragement are an enigmatic old man named Red and a quirky friend named Luli. Then, there's Cal's mom who must be reckoned with. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Some Legends are born out of Struggle.


Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for suggestive material, brief partial nudity and some fighting scenes | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

9 September 2010 (Kuwait)  »

Also Known As:

Brother's Keeper  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$126,964 (USA) (10 September 2010)


$191,875 (USA) (17 September 2010)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the USA, there was a mere 18 days between the theatrical and home video releases. This is possibly a record for the shortest amount of time it has ever taken for any film to go from the cinema to home video in North America. On September 10, 2010 the movie was released in a limited capacity theatrically, and it was released on September 28, 2010 on DVD (sold exclusively at Walmart) and Blu-Ray (sold exclusively at Best Buy). The DVD and Blu-ray were later released to all national retailers on December 28, 2010. See more »


Before the final wrestling match, Cal listens on his earphones to what he tells his brother is "opera, Italian opera." The piece that he actually listens to is neither opera nor Italian. It is the religious motet "Panis Angelicus," in Latin. See more »


Harry 'Red' Newman: Like I said, not all legends are about victory. Some are about struggle, finding out who you are and your reason for being.
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Referenced in Bad Movie Beatdown: The Riddle (2010) See more »

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Legendary is inspirational
7 February 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Legendary is a very inspirational movie to watch. The storyline is simple to follow but is still very intriguing to the audience. Cal fits perfectly into his role as the underdog wrestler and John Cena plays the older brother (Mike) very effectively. This movie has a wide range in audience whether it is a family watching it in the living room or a group of friends hanging out and watching. Legendary does a good job of adding slight twists to keep the audience in suspense but does not get carried away like some underdog movies have. Everyone enjoys a feel-good movie and this is just it. Legendary is one movie that will not disappoint.

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