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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 July 2003 (USA) See more »

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Infamous See more »

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Dolby Digital

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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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Disappointingly second rate
27 July 2003 | by =G=See all my reviews

"Undefeated" is a shabby and hackneyed rags to riches story about a poor Latino boxer from Jackson Heights, NY who wins the a welterweight championship and finds the challenges in the ring are small compared to the challenges in his personal life. An unfortunate directorial debut for Leguizamo, this film shows us nothing new, is ill-focused, uneven, and full of cliches and two dimensional characters. As a human drama, "Undefeated" is a mediocre B-flick. As a fight film, it falls on its face and does nothing to give insights into the real, fascinating, and corrupt world of professional boxing. (C)


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