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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 March 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fäuste - Du mußt um Dein Recht kämpfen See more »

Filming Locations:

British Columbia, Canada See more »

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Gross USA:

$9,223,441
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This was James Marshall's first and last lead role. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Spits: Did I say something?
Tommy Riley: Yeah, you said something.
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U Can't Touch This
Written by M.C. Hammer, Alonzo Miller & Rick James
Performed by M.C. Hammer (as Hammer)
Courtesy of Capitol Records, Inc.
By Arrangement with CEMA Special Markets
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Almost succeeds
11 December 2003 | by John SealSee all my reviews

Any movie with Ossie Davis, Robert Loggia, and Brian Dennehy is going to be watchable, and Gladiator is no exception. Unfortunately, this tale of two friends in the underground world of extreme boxing can't quite overcome either its poorly constructed screenplay or the weakness of leading men James Marshall and Cuba Gooding Jr. Of the two, Gooding is better, but Marshall is uniformly poor in the dramatic scenes, though perfectly fine in the action sequences. The film also trips up by portraying its protagonists as the least likely high school students in America--in fact, everyone attending their school looks well into their mid-20s. When Gladiator concentrates on fight scenes--or when Davis, Loggia, and Dennehy are on screen--it's a more than adequate, though predictable, boxing drama. Overall, it's a disappointment, though not entirely without merit. Approach with low expectations, and you'll be moderately satisfied.


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