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Two best friends and former middleweight contenders travel to Las Vegas to fight each other for the first time.

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Cesar Dominguez
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Vince Boudreau
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Grace Pasic
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Waitress in Cafe
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Joe Domino
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Lia
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Hank Goody
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Artie
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Cappie Caplan
Cylk Cozart ...
Rudy
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Dante Solomon
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Mad Greek Waitress
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Freddy Green
Slade Barnett ...
Vegas Cop
Cameron Milzer ...
Vegas Paramedic
Julio García ...
Chiquito Rosario
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Gym Owner
Jordy Oakland ...
Julie
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Sal (as Will Utay)
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Bobby
Fred Lewis ...
Vegas Lawyer
Maurice Singer ...
Vegas Lawyer
Robert Sale ...
Robert Velario
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Garden Referee
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Garden Ring Announcer
Teddy Atlas ...
Cesar's Garden Trainer
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Man with Ferrari
Rob Ingersoll ...
Jesus
Robby Robinson ...
Skeeter Lewis
Mitch Halpern ...
Vince's Big Fight Referee
Chuck Hull ...
Vince's Big Fight Ring Announcer
Jim Lampley ...
Himself - HBO Commentator
Al Bernstein ...
Sportswriter
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Sportswriter
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Vince's Trainer
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Cesar's Trainer
Vasil Chuck Bodak ...
Cesar's Cutman
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Vince's Cutman
Al Benner ...
Jesse, Cesar's Cornerman
Pat Barry ...
Lupe, Vince's Cornerman
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Himself
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HBO Commentator
Larry Merchant ...
HBO Commentator
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Mike Tyson
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Referee
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Himself - Ring Announcer
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Himself
Bill Caplan ...
Dr. Velvil Ginsberg
Marc Ratner ...
Boxing Commissioner
Jane Broadfoot ...
Timekeeper
Carlos Padilla ...
Timekeeper
Debbie Caplan ...
Press Assistant
Elizabeth Caplan ...
Press Assistant
Denise Pernula ...
Ring Card Girl
Verónica Becerra ...
Ring Card Girl (as Veronica Becerra)
Tamara Gilber ...
Fantasy Girl
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Fantasy Girl (as Fulvia Sanchez)
Faye Mangabang ...
Fantasy Girl
Alison Walsh ...
Bartender
Snezana Divac ...
Grace's Party Friend (as Ana Divac)
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Croupier
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Ringside Fan
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Ringside Fan
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Ringside Fan
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Ringside Fan
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Ringside Fan
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Ringside Fan
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Ringside Fan
Bob Arum ...
Ringside Fan
Lovey Arum ...
Ringside Fan
Angel Manfredy ...
Ringside Fan
Yvette Manfredy ...
Ringeside Fan
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Party Guest
Lezlie Anders ...
Party Guest
Dick Williams ...
Party Guest
Patricia Ford ...
Party Guest
Gennifer Flowers ...
Party Guest
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Party Guest
Tony Tucker ...
Party Guest
Bo Belinsky ...
Party Guest (as Bo Bolinski)
Joey Maxim ...
Party Guest
John Momot ...
Party Guest
Bill Dwyre ...
Ringside Sportswriter
Steve Springer ...
Ringside Sportswriter
Bruce Trampler ...
Ringside Sportswriter
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Ringside Sportswriter
Bert Randolph Sugar ...
Ringside Sportswriter (as Bert Sugar)
Jason Levin ...
Ringside Sportswriter
Royce Feour ...
Ringside Sportswriter
Ron Borges ...
Ringside Sportswriter
Michael Katz ...
Ringside Sportswriter
Doug Krikorian ...
Ringside Sportswriter
Randy Harvey ...
Ringside Sportswriter
Timothy Smith ...
Ringside Sportswriter (as Tim Smith)
Michael Rosenthal ...
Ringside Sportswriter
George Kimball ...
Ringside Sportswriter
Bernard Fernández ...
Ringside Sportswriter (as Bernard Fernandez)
Timothy Dahlberg ...
Ringside Sportswriter
Tim Graham ...
Ringside Sportswriter (as Tim Graeham)
Joe Hawk ...
Ringside Sportswriter
Chris Thorne ...
Ringside Sportswriter
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lorenzo Aranda ...
Ringeside Fan (uncredited)
Vincent Cipolla ...
Fight Promoter (uncredited)
Harv Lawrence ...
Ringside Judge (uncredited)
Marco Lopez ...
Ringeside Fan (uncredited)
Bruce Pobanz ...
Ringside Photographer (uncredited)
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Overdosed Hooker (uncredited)
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Tiffany (uncredited)
Michael A. Rizza ...
Ringside Photographer (uncredited)

Directed by

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Ron Shelton

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Produced by

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Stephen Chin ... producer
Kellie Davis ... associate producer
David V. Lester ... executive producer (as David Lester)

Music by

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Alex Wurman

Cinematography by

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Mark Vargo ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Patrick Flannery
Paul Seydor

Editorial Department

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Elisa Cohen ... assistant editor
Andrew Drazek ... post-production intern
Mick Erausquin ... apprentice editor
Clay Rawlins ... assistant editor
Matvey Shatz ... color timer

Casting By

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Victoria Thomas

Production Design by

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Claire Jenora Bowin

Art Direction by

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Mary Saisselin

Set Decoration by

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Danielle Berman

Costume Design by

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Kathryn Morrison

Makeup Department

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Ken Chase ... makeup artist
Cheryl Eckert ... key hair stylist
Steve LaPorte ... makeup department head / makeup designer

Production Management

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Brad Arensman ... post-production supervisor
Miguel Ángel Poveda ... post-production supervisor
David Siegel ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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H. Gordon Boos ... first assistant director
Eric Fox Hays ... second assistant director
David V. Lester ... second unit director
Emily McGovern ... second second assistant director

Art Department

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Patrick Bolton ... set dresser
Walsh Carvalho ... set dresser
Gary Clark ... lead paint foreman
Bill Iiams ... construction coordinator
Mark David Kersey ... head greensman
David Mocsary ... lead man
Kevin Shaw ... assistant property master

Sound Department

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Cesar Aguirre ... utility sound technician
David Bach ... dialogue editor
Dean Beville ... sound effects editor
Jason Brennan ... mix assistant (as Jason Brennor)
Peter Brown ... sound effects editor
David V. Butler ... sound editor
Stephen Hunter Flick ... supervising sound editor
Alexandra Gonzales ... dialogue editor
William Jacobs ... supervising sound editor
Ryan Juggler ... assistant sound editor
Jeffrey Kaplan ... dialogue editor
Samuel Lehmer ... re-recording mixer
Patricio A. Libenson ... sound recordist
Martin Lopez ... sound effects editor
Charles Maynes ... sound effects designer / sound effects editor
Jon Michaels ... assistant sound editor
Linda Murphy ... boom operator
Ryan Murphy ... sound recordist
Jeffrey Perkins ... re-recording mixer
Tim Rakoczy ... assistant sound editor
Art Rochester ... production sound mixer
Greg Steele ... adr mixer
Addison Teague ... sound intern
Paul Berolzheimer ... special sound effects design (uncredited)
Paula Fairfield ... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Flavio Leocata ... assistant sound recordist (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Philip Bartko ... special effects technician
Gary D'Amico ... special effects supervisor

Stunts

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Cleveland Corder ... boxing double: Antonio Banderas
Sean Culver ... boxing double: Woody Harrelson
Chandra De Alessandro ... stunt double: Lolita Davidovitch (as Chandra Jones)
Anita Hart ... stunt double: Lolita Davidovitch
Michiko Nishiwaki ... stunt double: Lucy Liu

Camera and Electrical Department

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Michael Alexonis ... best boy grip
Richard Brooks Burton ... aerial first assistant camera
Eric M. Davis ... lighting technician
Harry K. Garvin ... camera operator: "a" camera / steadicam operator
Cory Geryak ... gaffer
Scott C. Keys ... rigging electrician
Jim McComas ... electrician
Jason Newton ... key grip
David B. Nowell ... camera operator: second unit / director of photography: second unit
Frank Parrish ... second assistant camera
Arnaud Peiny ... rigging key grip
Andres L. Porras ... camera operator
Tony Rivetti ... first assistant camera: "a" camera / steadicam
Larry Sushinski ... assistant chief lighting technician
Joseph T. Terranova ... assistant chief lighting technician

Casting Department

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Kim Coleman ... casting associate
Josh Gallegos ... casting production assistant
Jorina King ... extras casting: las vegas
Jennifer Madeloff ... local casting associate

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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John Patrick Doyle ... set costumer
Leslie Herman ... wardrobe supervisor

Location Management

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Katherine Dorrer ... location scout: Washington D.C.
Nancy Haecker ... assistant location manager
Lauren Ross ... location manager
Marc J. Ventimiglia ... key assistant location manager: Los Angeles & Arizona
Jim Wheelan ... location consultant (as James H. Wheelan)
David L. Wolfson ... location manager: Los Angeles & Arizona

Music Department

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Tom Calderaro ... orchestrator
Andy Georges ... musician: guitar
Gordon Goodwin ... conductor
Jim Harrison ... supervising music editor
Teddy Kumpel ... musician: slide guitar (as Edward Kumpel)
John Lehmkuhl ... music programmer: drums
Mitchell Leib ... executive in charge of soundtracks
Renzo Mantovani ... guitar
Sterling Meredith ... music supervisor
Steven L. Smith ... music preparation
Dawn Soler ... music supervisor (as Dawn Solér)
James Thatcher ... musician: french horn
Alex Wurman ... music arranger: choral / musician: Hammond organ

Transportation Department

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Gil Amaral ... driver: picture cars
Hedy Phil Balani ... driver
Alberto Coto ... driver
J. Armin Garza II ... driver: camera car
Jim Petti ... transportation co-captain
Marty Radcliff ... driver
Jonathan A. Rosenfeld ... transportation coordinator
Brian Steagall ... transportation captain
Jeff Verdick ... picture car coordinator

Other crew

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Bill Caplan ... technical advisor: boxing
Carlos P. Cunha ... production assistant
Darrell Foster ... boxing choreographer / boxing trainer
Wilma Garscadden-Gahret ... script supervisor
Orlando R. Gonzales ... production secretary
Lisa Hackler ... assistant coordinator
Daren Hicks ... production coordinator
Malle Jensen ... assistant: Mr. Banderas
Ryan Keating ... photo double: Michael Buffer / stand-in: Michael Buffer
Michael Klastorin ... unit publicist
Linda Larmon ... set medic
Jimmy Marquez ... production assistant / stand-in: Eloy Casados
Michael Neal ... payroll accountant
David Paris ... pilot
Alan D. Purwin ... pilot (as Alan Purwin)
Hal Sadoff ... production financing
Rick Shuster ... pilot (as Rich Shuster)
Matt Woodard ... production assistant
David Yang ... assistant to producer
Jeff J. Davis ... craft service lead (uncredited)
Tom Todoroff ... acting consultant (uncredited)

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

Two aging fighters in LA, friends, get a call from a Vegas promoter because his undercard fighters for a Mike Tyson bout that night are suddenly unavailable. He wants them to box each other. They agree as long as the winner gets a shot at the middleweight title. They enlist Grace, Cesar's current and Vinnie's ex girlfriend, to drive them to Vegas. On the trip, we see flashbacks to their previous title shots, their competitive friendship, and Grace's motivational wiles. (She has her own entrepreneurial dreams.) The fight itself is historic: ten rounds of savagery and courage. Who will win, who'll get the title shot, who gets Grace, and where will she find venture capital? Written by

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Taglines Two best friends take a shot at hitting it big. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Play It (United States)
  • My Sweet Guys (Japan, English title)
  • Les adversaires (France)
  • Knocked Out - Zwei Typen hauen drauf! (Germany)
  • Knocked Out - Eine schlagkräftige Freundschaft (Germany)
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Runtime
  • 124 min
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Box Office

Budget $24,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $3,366, 26 Dec 1999

Did You Know?

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Trivia As well as Mike Tyson, several famous faces from the world of boxing make cameo appearances in this movie, former champion George Foreman, commentators Jim Lamply and Larry Merchant, and trainer Teddy Atlas. See more »
Goofs When driving to Las Vegas, Grace is constantly driving the car over the double yellow line and across it as if she is being towed by the camera truck. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The Worst Films of 1999 (2000). See more »
Soundtracks Here's to Life See more »
Quotes Vince Boudreau: If a man builds a thousand bridges and sucks one dick, they don't call him a bridge-builder... they call him a cocksucker.
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