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Bleed for This (2016)

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The inspirational story of World Champion Boxer Vinny Pazienza who, after a near fatal car crash which left him not knowing if he'd ever walk again, made one of sport's most incredible comebacks.

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The inspirational story of World Champion Boxer Vinny Pazienza who, after a near fatal car crash which left him not knowing if he'd ever walk again, made one of sport's most incredible comebacks.

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This is what the greatest comeback in sports history looks like

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Biography | Drama | Sport

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Rated R for language, sexuality/nudity and some accident images | See all certifications »

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Paz: The Vinny Pazienza Story  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)

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$2,366,810 (USA) (18 November 2016)

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$4,847,865 (USA) (2 December 2016)
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This will be the second movie where Aaron Eckhart and Miles Teller co-star, the first being Rabbit Hole (2010). See more »

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The actual judges' scores for his first win against Duran were Chuck Giampa 117-113 Jerry Roth 117-112, Dave Moretti 117-112. The movie had Giampa scoring it 114-114 and the other two scoring it 115-113. See more »

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Kevin Rooney: First time I got laid was in high school parking lot. Do you think that I now go and fuck my wife every time there?
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Well acted, but drawn out
27 November 2016 | by (Minnesota) – See all my reviews

I go to the movies nearly every week with a movie group.  This group of guys is notorious for checking out every sports movie that comes along, so when a film about Champion Boxer Vinny Pazienza was announced, I knew that this would be on the docket.

And, I'm glad it was, for the most part.

BLEED FOR THIS tells the remarkable true story of a Boxing Champion who, after winning the championship, suffers a broken neck in an auto accident.  Doctors are concerned if he 'll ever walk again.  Pazienza is concerned with something else - will he ever fight again.  

It's an incredible story, one of true "triumph of the human spirit" that was just waiting to be told on screen and with the intense Miles Teller in the lead role, this movie had the makings of something special.  Joining Teller with strong performances are Katy Segal (as his mother), the always good Ciaran Hinds (as his father) and my new favorite actor, Aaron Eckhart, off his strong supporting performance in SULLY , with another strong supporting performance as Pazienza's trainer who sticks with him the whole way.

With these ingredients sitting there, this film was poised to be very good and since it was written and directed by the same person - Ben Younger (Boiler Room) - it was going to have a very specific, personal focus.

And that's where this movie falls short.

Younger, I think, fell in love with his script and was duty-bound to put every word, every gesture, every thought on film - and this drags it down.  We are treated to long periods of Teller, as Pazienze, struggling, thinking and working out on his own.  Not the items that make for great drama and by the time we get to the climactic fight at the end of the film (name me a boxing movie that doesn't have a climactic fight at the end of the film), I just didn't care enough about the outcome to be excited, I just wanted it to be over.

Overall, a "good enough" time.  If you enjoy sports films - and especially if you like boxing films - then you'll like this.  If you like fast action and stirring conflict, you might want to look elsewhere.

6 (out of 10) stars and you can take that to the Bank (ofMarquis)


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