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Real Steel (2011)

PG-13 | | Action, Drama, Family | 7 October 2011 (USA)
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In the near future, robot boxing is a top sport. A struggling promoter feels he's found a champion in a discarded robot.


Shawn Levy


John Gatins (screenplay), Dan Gilroy (story) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hugh Jackman ... Charlie Kenton
Dakota Goyo ... Max Kenton
Evangeline Lilly ... Bailey Tallet
Anthony Mackie ... Finn
Kevin Durand ... Ricky
Hope Davis ... Aunt Debra
James Rebhorn ... Marvin
Karl Yune ... Tak Mashido
Olga Fonda ... Farra Lemkova
John Gatins ... Kingpin
Sophie Levy ... Big Sister
Tess Levy Tess Levy ... Little Sister
Charlie Levy Charlie Levy ... Littlest Sister
Gregory Sims ... Bill Panner
Torey Adkins ... Large Texan Man


In the near future when people become uninterested in boxing and similar sports, a new sport is created - Robot boxing wherein robots battle each other while being controlled by someone. Charlie Kenton, a former boxer who's trying to make it in the new sport, not only doesn't do well, he is very deeply in the red. When he learns that his ex, mother of his son Max, dies, he goes to figure out what to do with him. His ex's sister wants to take him in but Charlie has first say in the matter. Charlie asks her husband for money so he can buy a new Robot in exchange for turning Max over to them. He takes Max for the summer. And Max improves his control of his robot. But when the robot is destroyed, they go to a scrap yard to get parts. Max finds an old generation robot named Atom and restores him. Max wants Atom to fight but Charlie tells him he won't last a round. However, Atom wins. And it isn't long before Atom is getting major bouts. Max gets Charlie to teach Atom how to fight, and the ... Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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Courage is stronger than steel. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some violence, intense action and brief language | See all certifications »

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English | Ukrainian

Release Date:

7 October 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Real Steel: The IMAX Experience See more »

Filming Locations:

Yankee Air Museum See more »


Box Office


$110,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$27,319,677, 9 October 2011, Wide Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

SDDS | Dolby Digital | Datasat



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Sophie Levy, Tess Levy: The girls who ask to see Ambush, and try to take a picture are Shawn Levy's daughters. See more »


Throughout the film, Atom's shadow function switches back and forth between mirror and mimic for no apparent reason or command from Charlie or Max. It appears to have no difference except that it is apparent the shadow function goes mirror as the robot and the person are face to face and mimic when the robot is observing the human who's not looking at him. See more »


Bailey Tallet: 1200 miles for a kiss.
Charlie Kenton: Worth it. So worth it.
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Real Steel? Try Real Stupid
10 October 2011 | by ArtandJoyofMoviesSee all my reviews

Real Steel? TMG says Real Stupid. This movie is just dumber than dirt from the get go. I am sure some eleven year old boys who are into sci-fi and robots will think this film is really cool. But if we judge any film by that standard, snot on a grasshopper's back is entertaining and cool too.

Hugh Jackman plays a forty something eleven year old named Charlie Kenton who never grew up from playing with toys. The year is around 2020 and apparently the world has descended into a bunch of violence crazed degenerates who never bathe and spill beer everywhere and all love robo-boxing. This is a great start for a film targeted at pre-teens. During the scenes at the "Crash Palace" I really thought I was watching some outtakes from Waterworld (1995) and Dennis Hopper would come back from the dead with a black eye patch on. This just goes to prove what a piece of junk $100 million can buy you in a movie.

Charlie is a former boxer, irresponsible no-mind, who builds boxing robots with money from loan sharks. His lucky day hits when he learns his ex-girlfriend has died and has left him with his biological eleven year-old son Max (Goyo). For the good of no one, Max's Aunt Debra wants to adopt Max, so Charlie makes a deal with her uber wealthy husband for Debra to keep Max for $100,000.00. Max's loving Aunt Debra then immediately turns him back over to Charlie for the summer while she and hubby vacation Europe. This is all just dandy.

Little Max turns out to be a way too smart, way beyond his years smart ass of a kid, who of course is a genius at building half-ton ton, artificially intelligent robots. He runs from county fair to county fair with dear old Dad building and fighting robots against skin heads and the dregs of society–which is pretty much the entire earth at this point. All the while, Charlie manages a ridiculously contrived relationship with the daughter of his former boxing trainer. In the interim, we get a 2010 film tech adaptation of father and son playing and updated 1964 era version of Rock 'em Sock 'em Robots.

Charlie and Max, down on their last dollar, build a scrap heap robo-fighter from a junkyard and name him Atom. No spoiler at all what happens next as they rise to the top of the robo- boxing world and find love. I wanted to just puke. If this terribly written plot and cliché driven dialogue represents the future of of anything, I don't want to live that long.

I did notice a few things along the way. Goya looks and acts amazingly like young Mark Sway (Brad Renfro) in The Client from 1994. I wondered if they were actually brothers. (Let's hope the promising young Goya fares better than Renfro who died at 25 from a drug overdose.) I noticed, oddly enough, that all cars in 2020 all look like 1990′s models. I also noticed that giving an eleven year old boy a line like "Anything you don't need, you just throw away" is not even heart inspiring in a totally absurd movie. One hour in, I was bored to death and was frankly surprised few adults were walking out. Perhaps they did not realize films like 50/50 and The Way and The Help were showing right next door. Real Steel even made Thor look inspiring, well written fun and believable and I didn't think that was even possible.

And what is with all the scenes of prairie windmills in this movie? It really looked like the Director was trying to make some political statement on energy for no reason. Fact is, if those absurdly inefficient bird killers on the Kansas plains are still running in 2020, we are all in real trouble. Maybe we will all be wearing sleeveless shirts, go un-bathed, and drink beer all day while playing with robots and reading Al Gore's biography. Nah. . . . I don't think so. It might be cool if Rock 'em Sock 'em Robots comes back though.

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