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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.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Tommy Riley
... Father in Park
... Spits
... Abraham Lincoln Haines
Tab Baker ... Storm Trooper
... Storm Trooper
Joan Schwenk ... Secretary
Raul Salinas ... Teen in Classroom
Marctwaine Nettles-Bey ... Teen in Classroom
Derek Anunciation ... Teen in Classroom
... Dawn
... Miss Higgins
Emily Marie Hooper ... Belinda
... Romano
Lance Slaughter ... Shortcut


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 »


Action | Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

6 March 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Fäuste - Du mußt um Dein Recht kämpfen  »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


James Marshall and Cuba Gooding Jr. appeared together later that year in A Few Good Men (1992). See more »


When Riley punches Horn on the top of the head Horn says the skull is the hardest bone in the body. Actually the Femur (thigh bone) is! See more »


Noah: Bridgeport? You're moving in the wrong direction.
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Written by M.C. Serch (as Michael Berrin), Richard Lawson and Peter Nash, Burt Bacharach (uncredited), Hal David (uncredited)
Performed by 3RD Bass
Courtesy of Def Jam Recordings, Inc.
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one word "GREAT"
3 April 2005 | by See all my reviews

This movie is proof that a great movie doesn't have to cost a lot of money. you just have to pick the right elements. a good story, picking the right cast, the right filming places. After seeing Cuba gooding Jr. in this movie i became a big fan of his. it's to bad thats he does these the rich guy kind of easy parts these days. this was some really good acting of him. It felt real. 1 question though. Why did an actor like James Marshall never make it big time. I like the vibe he brings to the white screen. and Robert Loggia..who doesn't like his raw, had to much whiskey kind of voice. Jon Seda, a real struggling boy in this movie, through the years he gotten even greater. keep on going the right way Jon !!!

My Final conclusion: most boxing film do not have a lot of dept. Thy this one boys...this one is definitely in my personal top 5

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