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The Break (1995)

PG-13 | | Drama, Sport | 1 September 1995 (USA)
A depressed and destitute Nick Irons, a tennis pro banned from the tour for slugging a player during a TV match, agrees to coach a bookie's "head case" son, Joel, who wants to turn pro. The... See full summary »

Director:

Lee H. Katzin

Writers:

Vincent Van Patten (story), Tom Caffrey (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vincent Van Patten ... Nick Irons
Rae Dawn Chong ... Jennifer Hudson
Martin Sheen ... Gil Robbins
Valerie Perrine ... Delores Smith
Ben Jorgensen ... Joel Robbins
Betsy Russell ... Candy
Daryl Anderson ... Dale Farley
Gerrit Graham ... Bill Cowens
Trevor Goddard ... Nails
John E. Schneider John E. Schneider ... Brock Haynie
Justin Page Buck Justin Page Buck ... Blaylock
Roberto Bracone Roberto Bracone ... Tito
Todd Rudland Todd Rudland ... Jimmy
Eric Hochman Eric Hochman ... Jai
Steve Zurk Steve Zurk ... Mel
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A depressed and destitute Nick Irons, a tennis pro banned from the tour for slugging a player during a TV match, agrees to coach a bookie's "head case" son, Joel, who wants to turn pro. The bookie wants his son to get out of tennis and contracts Nick to discourage him. Nick begins to do that but after an episode with his old flame, Jennifer, and after seeing the kid's determination he decides to teach him all the tricks, both physical and psychological, of the trade. The two battle the kids of a famous coach, unfair refs., injuries, travel all over the southern US, while Nick tries to woo his love back, finally to reach the big championship tennis match where all is resolved in dramatic fashion. Written by <rmaisiak@uab.edu>

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Has he got what it takes to be a champion?

Genres:

Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some racy sexuality and brief strong language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 September 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gioco, partita, incontro See more »

Filming Locations:

Charleston, South Carolina, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color
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I really like this movie
5 August 2004 | by tomascorderoSee all my reviews

I caught The Break on cable one night back in the late 1990's and it became a favorite of mine; a movie I recorded and watch every once in a while for a good story and a good laugh. I will admit that the acting might not be Oscar material (whatever that means) and the plot might be somewhat predictable. However, the relationship between Nick and Joel is really enjoyable to watch evolve (at times the movie reminded me a little bit of a cross between two great sports movies: "Hoosiers" and "Rudy") and there are certain parts of the movie that still make my wife and me laugh out loud. I cannot think of much bad to say about The Break - I highly recommend that anyone who likes movies about sports that are both funny and, dare I say, uplifting, should watch the Break if they can find it, and finding it is not easy.


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