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Gladiator (1992)

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Tommy Riley has moved with his dad to Chicago from a 'nice place'. He keeps to himself, goes to school. However, after a street fight he is noticed and quickly falls into the world of illegal underground boxing - where punches can kill.

Director:

Rowdy Herrington

Writers:

Djordje Milicevic (story), Robert Mark Kamen (story) (as Robert Kamen) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Marshall ... Tommy Riley
Richard Lexsee ... Father in Park
T.E. Russell ... Spits
Cuba Gooding Jr. ... Abraham Lincoln Haines
Tab Baker Tab Baker ... Storm Trooper
Dwain A. Perry ... Storm Trooper
Joan Schwenk Joan Schwenk ... Secretary
Raul Salinas Raul Salinas ... Teen in Classroom
Marctwaine Nettles-Bey Marctwaine Nettles-Bey ... Teen in Classroom
Derek Anunciation Derek Anunciation ... Teen in Classroom
Cara Buono ... Dawn
Francesca P. Roberts ... Miss Higgins
Emily Marie Hooper Emily Marie Hooper ... Belinda
Jon Seda ... Romano
Lance Slaughter Lance Slaughter ... Shortcut
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Storyline

A story of two teenagers trapped in the world of illegal underground boxing. One is fighting to save his fathers life and using the money pay off gambling debts accumulated by his father. The second is fighting for the money to get out of the ghettos. While being exploited by a boxing promoter the two teens become friends. An explosive ending puts the two friends in the ring against each other in a fight for survival. Written by Joe Miller <joe938216@aol.com>

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Against all odds, they became friends. Against their will, they became opponents. See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

James Marshall did two hours of boxing, one hour of weight training and one hour of jogging for five days a week for four months. See more »

Goofs

Obvious fake in place for Cuba Gooding, Jr.; when Jimmy strikes Haines out from the ring. See more »

Quotes

Jimmy Horn: Been a pleasure meeting you.
Tommy Riley: Likewise. I guess.
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Connections

Referenced in The Good Wife: Targets (2016) See more »

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Mama Said Knock You Out
Written by Marley Marl (as Marlon Williams) & LL Cool J (as James Todd Smith)
Performed by LL Cool J (as L.L. Cool J.)
Courtesy of Def Jam/Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Better than a 5.5
16 January 2005 | by iwantjessesgirlSee all my reviews

First of all, this rating is ridiculous. I remember watching Gladiator when it first came out on video and now a few times on television. No it won't win any Oscars and it's not a dramatic masterpiece but it's never boring and moves along nicely. The fight scenes are entertaining, the chemistry between Marshall and Cuba is there, and the majority of the characters are developed. The only thing that fails is the love story, but I guess every film with teens has to have one. As far as people complaining about Marshall's wooden performance, I personally liked it. Not everyone is a charismatic, everyone is drawn to me type of person. He played it low-key, brooding, quiet, somewhat anti-social and it worked. If a film like this was made today, it would be a dumbed-down PG-13 version critics would probably love because it tells the story of a kid overcoming the obstacles. Rent it if you're an action fan, you won't be disappointed.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 March 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gladiator See more »

Filming Locations:

British Columbia, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,305,189, 8 March 1992

Gross USA:

$9,223,441

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,223,441
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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