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Undefeated (2003)

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A boxer must navigate a path between his newfound fame and his former life.

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John Leguizamo

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John Leguizamo (story), Frank Pugliese (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Leguizamo ... Lex Vargas
Clifton Collins Jr. ... Loco
Adrian Martinez ... Chewey
Juan Carlos Hernández ... Franky (as Juan Carlos Hernandez)
Nestor Serrano ... Victor
Coati Mundi ... Old man
David Zayas ... Paulie
Guillermo Díaz ... Mommy (as Guillermo Diaz)
Omar Benson Miller ... Mack
Arthur Mercante Arthur Mercante ... Referee / Amazura
Mark Schulte Mark Schulte ... Boxing Announcer
Arnie Rosenthal Arnie Rosenthal ... Boxing Announcer (as Arnie 'Tokyo' Rosenthal)
Randy Gordon Randy Gordon ... Boxing Announcer
Psycho Les Psycho Les ... The Beatnuts
Juju Gigante Juju Gigante ... The Beatnuts
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Storyline

Lex 'El Animal' Vargas is a promising Portorican boxer in Queens, but lacks ambition to aim for the big career. That changes after his brother Paulie is accidentally shot dead by a teenager in an amateur hold-up on their late dad's shop, which he now closes to turn professional boxer. His star rises fast, but success brings its own problems, as he he lacks experience to handle professionals and resist the abuse they and his ghetto past entourage make of his generous nature. (...) Written by KGF Vissers

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A winner always knows where he 's going. A champion never forgets where he's from. See more »

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Drama | Sport

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 July 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Infamous See more »

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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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All of the boxing scenes were shot in one day because the budget was too low to rent out Madison Square Garden for more than one day. See more »

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moving pursuit of a dream
21 August 2003 | by zenitramprodsSee all my reviews

UNDEFEATED explores the boxing genre in a real, raw, and at times funny way. The boxing sequences are some of the best I've ever seen; people are actually fighting, there's no bull.

The film has a noir quality to it: dark and moody, filled with the complexities that follow us when we pursue our dreams.

Terrific performances from John Leguizamo, newcomer Adrian Martinez as "Chewey," and Nester Serrano as John's trainer. The rest of the cast is rock-solid too.

If you expect this film to be a laughfest like Leguizamo's one man shows, you will be disappointed. Instead, UNDEFEATED reveals the dramatic, complex Leguizamo; and an authentic look at the friends we may have to leave behind when life forces us to make some hard choices.


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