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Pain & Gain (2013)

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A trio of bodybuilders in Florida get caught up in an extortion ring and a kidnapping scheme that goes terribly wrong.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Carolyn 'Cissy' DuBois
Pastor Randy
Captain Lopez
Dr. Bjornson


Based on the true story of Daniel Lugo (Mark Wahlberg) a Miami bodybuilder who wants to live the American dream. He would like to have the money that other people have. So he enlists the help of fellow bodybuilder Adrian Doorbal (Anthony Mackie) and ex-convict, Christian bodybuilder Paul Doyle (Dwayne Johnson). Their kidnapping and extortion scheme goes terribly wrong since they have muscles for brains and they're left to haphazardly try to hold onto the elusive American dream. Written by napierslogs

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for bloody violence, crude sexual content, nudity, language throughout and drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

26 April 2013 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sangre, sudor y gloria  »

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Box Office


$26,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,244,505, 28 April 2013, Wide Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Did You Know?


The real Victor Kershaw (real name Marc Schiller) was actually arrested and convicted for a false Medicare billing fraud scheme right as he was leaving the courtroom as a victim/witness on the day the death sentences were passed for his kidnappers. Kershaw/Schiller and Delgato (one of the REAL LIFE gym members who is partially represented by Dwayne Johnson's character) had participated in a Medicare fraud scheme together (before the events of his kidnapping). This scheme netted them over $14 million. During testimony the Assistant State Attorney knew Kershaw/Schiller was under federal investigation during the 3 years of the kidnapping/murder trial. However she held off the Feds and kept that quiet in order to extract as much evidence and testimony from Kershaw/Schiller as possible. The judge who ended up sentencing the gym kidnappers (and murderers) to death was also the same judge who now had to sentence Kershaw/Schiller for his fraud scheme. Due to having sympathy and compassion for Kershaw/Schiller experience with the kidnapping (along with having the courage to relive and testify his ordeal) the judge actually provided his OWN favorable testimony about Kershaw/Schiller at sentencing. The judge then give him only 46 months in federal prison. Which was the minimum amount of prison time legally allowed. See more »


The Crown Victorias used in the police raid in the beginning of the film are the second generation, which were first manufactured for the 1998 model year. See more »


[first lines]
Daniel Lugo: [groaning and grunting out his situps] I'm hot! I'm big!
Daniel Lugo: [sees a squad of police cars] Fuck!
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Written by Robert Clivillés and Freedom Williams (as Frederick Williams)
Performed by C+C Music Factory (as C+C Music Factory)
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The Gain is worth the Pain
18 July 2013 | by See all my reviews

For years, Michael Bay's career has solely consisted of shoot em up flicks and apocalyptic disaster movies. One after the other, they've always told the same stories, utilized the same clichés and have been brutalized by critics everywhere. Personally, I never had anything against the guy. He does what he loves to do and almost 100% of the time gives his audience what they're there for. But don't mistake him as a one trick pony. Bay has been making a career of blockbusters for the sole purpose of having the luxury to make serious, less expensive movies. Pain & Gain might be proof positive of my point. It was quite a daring move for Bay to commit to such a bold feat as to make a film based on the true events of the Sun Gym gang. Like most of the film's critics (and there are quite an abundance of them), I agree that maybe it wasn't such a good idea to reenact the actual murders and backstabbing actions that these murderers did and play them up for laughs. Because, yes, this is indeed a comedy. Or is it? I can't tell what genre this movie falls under. But I cant deny thats its entertaining. I was very interested in the story of the actual events. What I'm trying to say is, the execution couldn't have been better in telling the story. The performances from Wahlberg, Johnson and Mackie were equally unique and insanely enjoyable. The three of them were able to capture the meat-headed simpletons that these criminals really were. The movie as a whole works. As a thriller, I was thrilled. But as a comedy, I was sort of indifferent. At times, I found myself laughing at some of the film's darker shaded sense of humor, and rolling my eyes at the cringe worthy, Adam Sandler style gross out jokes that the film unwillingly felt obligated to shove down our throats. An identity crisis, this film indeed had. When you get past all these cons, Pain & Gain is a well crafted, violent joy ride. Its one of the most underrated films of the year, and its worth your time in seeing it.

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