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Bleed for This -- 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.
Bleed for This -- 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 sports most incredible comebacks.
Bleed for This -- 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 sports most incredible comebacks.
Bleed for This -- 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 sports most incredible comebacks.
Bleed for This -- 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 sports most incredible comebacks.

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Cast

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Miles Teller ... Vinny

Aaron Eckhart ... Kevin Rooney

Katey Sagal ... Louise

Ciarán Hinds ... Angelo

Ted Levine ... Lou Duva

Jordan Gelber ... Dan Duva

Amanda Clayton ... Doreen

Daniel Sauli ... Jon

Christine Evangelista ... Woman in Caesar's Hotel Room

Tina Casciani ... Heather

Liz Carey ... Charity - Woman Freaked out by Halo
Denise Schaefer ... Leigh
Peter Quillin ... Roger Mayweather
Jean Pierre Augustin ... Gilbert Dele (as Jeanpierre Augustin)
Edwin Rodriguez ... Roberto Duran
Marv Albert ... Announcer at Duran Fight
Al Bernstein ... Announcer at Duran Fight

Joe Jafo Carriere ... Cebol

Polly Cottam ... ER Doctor
Keith Jeffrey ... Manny
Sarah Newhouse ... Mrs. Duva

Tim Fields ... Jimmy

Roy Souza ... Dr. Cotter

Tanja Melendez Lynch ... Woman at Twin River
Celeste Oliva ... LA Times Reporter (as Celeste Olivia)

Steve Sweeney ... Official at Caesar's Weigh in

Portland Helmich ... Reporter at Weigh in
Sy Lee ... Master Seo
Kemp Harris ... Caesar's Blackjack Dealer #1

Sully Erna ... Caesar's Blackjack Dealer

Gary Galone ... Caesar's Pit Boss
Jimmy Burchfield Jr. ... Jimmy Burchfield Jr.

John Fiore ... Pit Boss #2
Charles Dwyer ... Referee at Mayweather Fight
Dan Burke ... Ring Announcer at Mayweather Fight

Stew Replogle ... Mayweather Trainer
Lonnie Farmer ... Physician at Mayweather Fight
Gary Tanguay ... Reporter in Caesar's Tunnel
Genc Jakupi ... Dele's Manager

Artie Pasquale ... Reporter at Dele Press Conference
Frank Carpano ... Announcer at Dele Fight
Joe Lupino ... Dele Referee
Gregg Trzaskowski ... Doctor Post Dele Fight
Noelle Trudeau ... Foxy Lady Stripper
James Peralla ... Ray Oliviera Jr.

Gene Amoroso ... Anthony at Social Hall
John Mirabella ... Friend at Social Hall
Jerry Maffeo ... Patron at Social Hall
Ted Wayman ... Reporter #2 at Hospital

Lorna Pruce ... Nurse Who Fetches Vinny for Operation
Christina Chan ... Anesthesiologist

Bruce-Robert Serafin ... Burchfield's Bartender (as Bruce Serafin)

Dicky Eklund Jr. ... Burchfield's Waiter (as Dicky Eckland Jr.)
Alicia Googins ... Twin River Waitress (as Alicia Barrett)

James Wilcox ... Twin River Pit Boss #1
Jenny Johnson ... Reporter at Father and Son Gym

Tom DeNucci ... Tommy
Sonny Saggese ... Passerby #1
Michelle Migliori ... Passerby #2

Dante Palminteri ... Tonight Show Page
Adam Palazio ... Announcer #1
Scott Wahle ... Announcer #2 (voice)

Christopher Connolly ... Ref
Mike Koutrobis ... Ring Announcer at Duran Fight
Santo Acevedo ... Duran's Trainer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Dick Lebeau ... Reporter (as Richard Lebeau)
Christopher Alan ... Ringside Announcer (uncredited)
Joe Alo ... Security - Ring Side (uncredited)

Lilith Astaroth ... Boxing Match Audience Member (uncredited)

Nick Austin ... Vinny Paz Entourage (uncredited)
Nicole Bardis ... Girlfriend of Black Jack Highroller (uncredited)

Allen Beattie ... Fight Spectator (uncredited)
David Bellerose ... Event Goer (uncredited)

Amanda Blattner ... Ringside VIP (uncredited)

Jim Boyd ... Ringside Reporter (uncredited)
Jin Yang Brancalhao ... Fight Fan (uncredited)
Joshua Brown ... Spectator (uncredited)

Jodie Brunelle ... Doreen's Friend (uncredited)
Deanna Buonomo ... Duran Entourage / Fight Attendee (uncredited)

Mark Burzenski ... Event Security (uncredited)
David Carbone Sr. ... Reporter (uncredited)
Adam Carbone ... Cameraman (uncredited)
Anthony Carbone ... Boxing Match Attendee (uncredited)
Skye Cohan ... Fight Spectator (uncredited)

Angel Connell ... Boxing Spectator (uncredited)

Jeffrey Corazzini ... Photographer (uncredited)
Joy Costanza ... Mayweather Fan (uncredited)

Ashley Couture ... Ringside Spectator / High Roller Casino Gambler (uncredited)
Pasquale Dalessio ... VIP Ringside (uncredited)

Edgar Damatian ... Security Guard (uncredited)

Julie Ann Dawson ... Ring Girl (uncredited)

Christie Devine ... Event Goer (uncredited)
Tierre Diaz ... Boxing Fan (uncredited)

Nicholas A. DiMaio ... Ringside Security (uncredited)
Brian Dongelewic ... Boxing Spectator (uncredited)
Tom Driscoll ... Casino Gambler (uncredited)

Stephanie Eaton ... VIP Ringside Spectator (uncredited)
Wendy Farley ... VIP Fight Spectator (uncredited)
J. Antonio Figueroa ... Gambler (uncredited)

Wendi Elle Flanders ... Event Goer (uncredited)
Charlie Flannery ... Boxing Spectator (uncredited)
Sandra L. Fogell ... Patron (uncredited)

William Galatis ... Mayweather Fight Bookie (uncredited)

Susan Garibotto ... Casino Gambler (uncredited)
Donnamarie Garofalo ... Fight Spectator (uncredited)

David Gere ... Scott Pryor (uncredited)
Nick Gifford ... Boxing spectator (uncredited)

Robert Glenn ... Fight Fan (uncredited)

Ed Goode ... Photographer (uncredited)

John Gorham ... Boxing Fan (uncredited)
Karl carlo Green ... High Roller at Boxing Match (uncredited)

Elaine Victoria Grey ... Upscale Dinner Patron (uncredited)
Jed Griswold ... Doctor (uncredited)

London Hall ... Ringside VIP (uncredited)

Tori Hall ... Boxing Spectator (uncredited)

Kevin J. Harris ... News Reporter (uncredited)

Jonathan Hart ... Spectator (uncredited)

Arthur Hiou ... Judge / Official (uncredited)

Connor Holden ... Vinny's Entourage (uncredited)
Kimberly Howe ... Doreen's Friend (uncredited)
Tony Ionno ... Emotional Ringside Fan (uncredited)
Stacey Forbes Iwanicki ... Doreen's Friend (uncredited)

Nathan Philip Johnson ... VIP Supporter (uncredited)
Michael Anthony Joy ... Sports Reporter (uncredited)
Jeff Kamps ... Ringside gambler (uncredited)

Ken Kansky ... Front Row Boxing Arena Crowd (uncredited)

Colleen Kelly ... Sports Reporter (uncredited)

Bobby Kenney ... Ringside Commentator (uncredited)
Paul L. Keyes ... Mayweather Fan (uncredited)
Remington Keyes ... Mayweather's Entourage (uncredited)
Gwen Kosak ... Reporter at press conference (uncredited)
Jeremy Labrie ... Boxing Match Spectator (uncredited)
Hashim Lafond ... Mayweather Entourage (uncredited)
Louisa Lamarre ... Event Goer (uncredited)

Patrick Languzzi ... Bodybuilder / VIP Fight Fan (uncredited)
James L. Leite ... Birthday Party / Dinner Guest (uncredited)
Christopher J. Long ... Ringside Security (uncredited)
Mark Luggelle ... Late Reporter (uncredited)
Tracy Michael Lynch ... VIP Ring Side Spectator (uncredited)

Wayne Malm Jr. ... Boxing Spectator (uncredited)
Jared Marmitt ... Ringside Fight Spectator (uncredited)

Allie Marshall ... Sport Reporter / Fight Attendee (uncredited)
Mathuin ... Vinny's Friend at Surprise Party (uncredited)
Jason Mayoh ... Foxy Lady Patron (uncredited)

Stephanie McIntyre ... VIP Supporter (uncredited)

Mike Messier ... Ringside Reporter (uncredited)

Rocco Michaluk ... Press Agent (uncredited)

Adrian M. Mompoint ... Mayweather Entourage (uncredited)
Mathew Morin ... Color Commentator (uncredited)

Kim Mulhauser ... Pretty Girl Ringside (uncredited)
Michael D. Murphy Sr. ... Fight Spectator (uncredited)
Kevin Murphy ... Casino Fight Crowd (uncredited)

Cassidy Neal ... Vinny's Friend (uncredited)
Lance Norris ... Casino Gambler (uncredited)
Sissy O'Hara ... Fan in Vinny Paz corner (uncredited)

Ed O'Keefe ... Timekeeper Duran fight (uncredited)
Stephen O'Neil Martin ... Mink Man (uncredited)
Chuey Okoye ... Fox News Reporter (uncredited)
Joseph Oliveira ... Event Goer (uncredited)
AmyBeth Parravano ... Ringside VIP (uncredited)
Vinny Pazienza ... Mayweather Fight Spectator (uncredited)
Abel Perez ... Boxing Spectator (uncredited)
Jamal Peters ... Roger (uncredited)
Allen Phillips ... Reporter (uncredited)

Sabrina Piper ... Female Entourage Extra / VIP Fight Observer (uncredited)

Derek Pratt ... Arena Security GuaRd (uncredited)

Noel Ramos ... Bruce Campbell - ESPN (uncredited)
Steven Ranelli ... Lou Duva's Son in Law (uncredited)
Steven Rears ... Vinnys friend at birthday party (uncredited)
José Antonio Rivera ... Jose (uncredited)
Jessica Rockwood ... Stripper (uncredited)

Rocky Rodriques ... Boxing Spectator (uncredited)
Danielle Rouleau ... Boxing Fan (uncredited)
Jonathan Sawicki ... Maître d'hôtel (uncredited)
J Schaefer ... Ringside Timer (uncredited)
Christina Sciongay ... Hot girl gambling (uncredited)

Leonel Severino ... Vinny Pas entourage (voice) (uncredited)
Abbiegayle Shafer ... Las Vegas Socialite (uncredited)

Gia Skova ... Duran Ring Girl (uncredited)

Marty Smith ... News Reporter (uncredited)
Catalina Snape ... Extra (uncredited)

Chaunty Spillane ... Mayweather Fan (uncredited)
P.J. Stack ... Fight Fan Ringside (uncredited)

Franz Strassmann ... Club Patron (uncredited)
David Struffolino ... Ringside Spectator (uncredited)

Michael Steven Swanson ... Reporter (uncredited)

Paul Taft ... News Reporter (uncredited)

Matt Talese ... Fight Patron (uncredited)

Lino Tanaka ... Sports Reporter (uncredited)

Nathan Tetreault ... Gladiator (uncredited)

Ashley Tramonte ... Ringside VIP (uncredited)
J.T. Turner ... Gambler (uncredited)
David Lee Valle ... Reporter (uncredited)
Roman Vangeli ... Fight Attendee (uncredited)

Chad A. Verdi ... Chad (uncredited)

Sera Verdi ... Sera (uncredited)

George J. Vezina ... Sports reporter / cameraman (uncredited)

Billy 'V' Vigeant ... Bill - Ring Judge (uncredited)
Nicolas Villamizar ... Reporter (uncredited)
Kyle Viveiros ... Event Goer (uncredited)

Peter Lewis Walsh ... Mayweather Fan (uncredited)
Mike Wendt ... Gambler (uncredited)

Amy Whalen ... Ringside Fight Spectator (uncredited)

Kent R. Williams ... Contruction Worker (uncredited)

Lisa Wynn ... Ringside Spectator (uncredited)

Ron G. Young ... NBC News Reporter (uncredited)

Directed by
Ben Younger (directed by)
 
Writing credits
Ben Younger (screenplay by)

Ben Younger (story) &
Pippa Bianco (story) and
Angelo Pizzo (story)

Produced by
Bruce Cohen .... produced by
Ben Matthew Empey .... associate producer
David Gendron .... executive producer
Michael Hansen .... executive producer
Noah Kraft .... produced by
Myles Nestel .... executive producer
Marielle Olentine .... associate producer
Vinny Pazienza .... associate producer (as Vinny Pazienza Jr.)
Gino Pereira .... associate producer
Joshua Sason .... executive producer
Martin Scorsese .... executive producer
Robert Tarini .... associate producer
Pamela Thur .... produced by
Emma Tillinger Koskoff .... produced by
Chad A. Verdi .... produced by
Michelle Verdi .... executive producer
Lisa Wilson .... executive producer
Ben Younger .... produced by
 
Original Music by
Julia Holter (music by)
 
Cinematography by
Larkin Seiple (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Zachary Stuart-Pontier (edited by)
 
Casting by
Kerry Barden 
Paul Schnee 
 
Production Design by
Kay Lee 
 
Set Decoration by
Kim Leoleis 
 
Costume Design by
Melissa Vargas 
 
Makeup Department
Frank Barbosa .... hair department head
Liz Bernstrom .... makeup department head
Elizabeth Cecchini .... key hair stylist (as Liz Cecchini)
Rob Fitz .... key makeup artist
Shayna Passaretti .... hair stylist
Kristen Strassel .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Kelley Cribben .... post-production supervisor
Francis Power .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Rosemary C. Cremona .... key 2nd assistant director
Kenneth Donaldson .... second second assistant director
Geoffrey Hansen .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Shadya H. Ballug .... set dresser
Cristina Bauer .... set decoration buyer
Aimee Butterfield .... property master
Stefan Couture .... set dresser
Laura G. Foley .... props
Kimmie Johnson .... props
Ryan McCoy Johnson .... on-set dresser
Bridget Keefe .... set decoration buyer
Nathan Alexander Kirk .... set dresser
Evan Maddalena .... key art department assistant
Jason Mayoh .... art department coordinator
Jason Mayoh .... storyboard artist
Brian McKenzie .... set dresser
Lauren Mooney .... props
John F. O'Neil .... assistant property master
Peter Rippe .... construction foreman
John Ryder .... set dresser
Jarrett Staaf .... set dec pa
Christine Tobin .... food stylist
Cammeron Truesdale .... charge scenic
Shann Whynot-Young .... leadman
 
Sound Department
Coll Anderson .... re-recording mixer
Josh Berger .... assistant re-recording mixer
Duncan Clark .... dialogue editor
Robert Dehn .... Sound Studio Manager
Robert Dehn .... sound studio manager
Sandra Fox .... foley artist
Goro Koyama .... foley artist
Travis MacKay .... a.d.r. mixer
Travis MacKay .... a.d.r. mixer
Kevin S. Parker .... sound mixer
Michael Rivera .... ADR recordist
Matt Snedecor .... sound effects editor
Peter Stevenson .... boom operator
Don White .... foley recording mixer
 
Visual Effects by
Joseph Brigati .... visual effects supervisor
Carl Mok .... visual effects artist
Sergey Polishchuk .... cg supervisor
Johan Wiberg .... visual effects supervisor
 
Stunts
Darrell Foster .... fight coordinator
Darrell Foster .... stunt coordinator
Paul Marini .... stunt driver
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Nolan Ball .... first assistant camera: b camera
Matt Conrad .... digital imaging technician
Dean Egan .... second assistant camera
Sam Eilertsen .... camera production assistant
Tom Fitzgerald .... first assistant camera
Jesse Goldberg .... gaffer
Teresa Hays .... grip
Christian J. Hollyer .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Mark Killian .... second assistant camera
Nick Kolias .... drone pilot
Zachary K. Lazar .... lighting balloon technician (as Zach Lazar)
Brad Meier .... camera operator
James R. Mitchell .... best boy electric
Griffin Nash .... steadicam
Seacia Pavao .... still photographer
Clair Popkin .... camera operator (b camera)
Daryl Richardson .... key rigging grip
Matt Sanderson .... first assistant camera
Steve Sikora .... lighting technician
Will Vinci .... director of photography: behind the scenes
Warren A. Weberg .... best boy grip
William M. Weberg .... key grip
 
Casting Department
Tura Abate .... extras casting assistant
Lori Campbell .... extras casting assistant
Anthony Capobianco .... extras casting assistant
Dayle Decker .... extras casting assistant
Janet DeFilippo .... extras casting assistant
Leeza Faynzilberg .... extras casting assistant
Lawrence Ferreira .... extras casting assistant
David Gere .... casting
Matthew Glasner .... casting assistant
Jason Harris .... adr voice casting
Aaron Kahl .... casting associate
Joey Montenarello .... casting associate
Andrew O'Neil .... extras casting assistant
Chris Petit .... extras casting director Rhode Island
Chris Petit .... extras casting
Todd Rapisarda .... extras casting assistant
Adam Richards .... casting associate
Jessica Rockwood .... extras casting assistant
Mikal Schalk .... extras casting assistant
Roya Semnanian .... casting assistant
Anthony Waldmyer .... extras casting assistant
Lisa Wynn .... extras casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Wayne Allen .... key costumer
Margaret Codola .... set costumer
Debbie Holbrook .... wardrobe supervisor
Margaret Palmer .... set extra costumer
Sarah Hill Richmond .... stitcher
Gianna Soprano .... wardrobe production assistant
 
Editorial Department
Max Blecker .... assistant editor
Patrick DeVine .... digital intermediate conform editor
Timothy Feeley .... first assistant editor
Bill Feightner .... imaging scientist
Andrew Francis .... supervising digital colorist: sixteen19
Charles Leighton .... color assistant
Quinlan Orear .... digital intermediate producer: sixteen19
 
Location Management
Oliver Amerigian .... assistant location manager (as Ollie Amerigian)
Brian Bouyea .... location production assistant
Danielle Carbone .... location intern
Joe Piasecki .... assistant location manager
Eoin Walsh .... location manager
 
Music Department
John M. Davis .... music editor
El-P .... additional score producer
Felix Erskine .... trailer music
Devin Hoff .... musician: double bass
Julia Holter .... musician: keyboards & vocals
Susan Jacobs .... music supervisor
Stefan Karrer .... soundtrack album producer
Dylan Neely .... assistant music supervisor
Andrew Tholl .... musician: violin
Michelle Verdi .... music supervisor
Chris Votek .... musician: cello
Chris Votek .... recording engineer
Ben Wendel .... musician: saxophone
Ilyse Wolfe Tretter .... music clearance coordinator
 
Transportation Department
Karl carlo Green .... provider: picture car
Theo Orfanos .... picture cars
Wesley Petersen .... transportation captain
Kevin Sieve .... driver: honeywagon
 
Other crew
Eric Altieri .... key production assistant
Samara Bay .... Dialect Coach
Tyler Blatchley .... production assistant
John W. Burke .... craft service assistant
Laura Calcagni .... office production assistant
Kayla Chin .... additional production assistant
Danielle Corsa .... assistant: producer
Amber Costa .... production assistant
Sam Cowan .... assistant: producer
Jenna Dayton .... script supervisor
Joshua Deitell .... international sales
Jonathan DelPonte .... assistant: Chad A. Verdi (as Jonathan Del Ponte)
Tom DeNucci .... behind the scenes
Timothy DuBois .... additional production assistant
Riley Fearon .... production assistant
Allie Furlong .... production assistant
Theodore Goodspeed .... House LD: Twin River Casino
London Hall .... stand in: katey sagal
Chip Hamilton .... assistant: Aaron Eckhart
Lynne Hedvig .... production assistant
Kyle Izzo .... production assistant
Erin Kennedy .... production coordinator
Jeffrey M. Lawhorn .... legal counsel to Magna Entertainment, financier: Cowan DeBaets Abrahams & Sheppard, LLP
Yana Collins Lehman .... post production accountant
Carolyn Levine .... production assistant
Whitney Longworth .... production assistant
Brinton MacFarland .... production assistant
Maeve Mannion .... production accountant
Timothy Mendonça .... assistant production coordinator (as Timothy Mendonca)
Roger Moran .... Post Production: Open Road Films
Jennifer Nguyen .... international publicity
Taylor Pilderian .... office/set production intern
Nikki Resendez .... assistant: Miles Teller (as Nikki Resendes)
Freddie Roach .... boxing consultant
Sarah Rummel .... first team production assistant
Tony Scelsi .... staff production assistant
Tim Struby .... boxing consultant
Ty Taylor .... set production assistant
Stephen Turro .... set production assistant
Bradley J. Van Dussen .... stand-in: Aaron Eckhart
Benjamin Zalusky .... set production assistant
 
Thanks
Amal ElWardi .... special thanks
Steven Feinberg .... grateful acknowledgment
Kim Gillingham .... special thanks
 

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Rated R for language, sexuality/nudity and some accident images
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117 min
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The title fight against Dele was not a second round knock out, as depicted in the film, rather a 12th round TKO. The referee stopped the fight at 2:10 of the 12th round.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: At the beginning of the Duran fight the commentators say that Pazienza is trying to win the belt 3 weight classes higher than the one where he had won his 1st world title. Actually, the gap was 5 weight classes (between lightweight and super middleweight).See more »
Quotes:
Kevin Rooney:Christ and elephants.See more »
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Rock and Roll Ain't Noise PollutionSee more »

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25 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
Miles Teller is fantastic in this inspirational comeback of all comebacks, 13 October 2016
Author: bartonj2410

When it comes to film, there is no other sport that has delivered such powerful and emotional dramas on the big screen as boxing. It's the personal drama they delve into that makes them so relatable to audiences. That's not to say we've all climbed the Rocky Steps or assaulted family members as a result of paranoia though.

Many have been based on true stories and that is certainly the case with Bleed For This, a film based on the astonishingly courageous real life experiences of Vinny Pazienza.

Played by Miles Teller, Pazienza was a World Champion Boxer who was left not knowing whether he'd be able to walk again after a near fatal car accident caused severe spinal damage. Rather than let it defeat him, Pazienza aimed to get back in the ring, setting in motion one of the greatest comebacks in sporting history.

The biggest draw of Bleed For This are its performances, particularly the knock-out lead one given by Miles Teller, one of the hottest young actors in Hollywood today. Teller never loses the cockiness of Pazienza, even when he faces a life without boxing, turning him into such a remarkable character.

I really enjoyed the pairing of Teller and Aaron Eckhart as his trainer, Kevin Rooney. Eckhart hasn't really had much to shout about in recent years but I do think he's a good actor, showcasing it here with a good performance. Ciarán Hinds and Katey Sagal deliver fine performances as Vinny's mother and father, taking me a while to realise it was even them with the change in appearance.

The best boxing films are the ones that focus more on the goings on outside of the ring than inside it, and that's where Ben Younger gets it right with Bleed For This. Yes, a big part of the story is Vinny wanting to get back in the ring but Younger chooses to focus on the man himself and how driven an individual he was to get back to his best in the ring.

Younger also delivers some energetic boxing sequences, using quick edits and excellent sound mixing to almost feel like you're taking the punches at times. The brutality of the sport is wince- inducing at times so the film does warrant its rating however, the moment that had everyone wincing was when Vinny has the screws taken out of his head after six months of wearing the halo designed to help his neck recover. It's a moment that perfectly captures the severity of Vinny's accident as well as the aforementioned cockiness, Teller playing it for laughs.

If you're a fan of boxing films, Bleed For This is a film you will want to see. Don't dismiss it entirely if you aren't a big fan of boxing films because there is plenty to admire in this portrayal of one of the most inspirational comebacks in sporting history.

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