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The Tournament (2009)

A tournament is watched by dozens of wealthy men betting on which one of the 30 assassins will survive the next 24 hours "kill or die" and claim the USD10,000,000 prize. It takes place in an English town with plenty of CCTVs.


Scott Mann




Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Carlyle ... Father MacAvoy
Kelly Hu ... Lai Lai Zhen
Ian Somerhalder ... Miles Slade
Liam Cunningham ... Powers
Ving Rhames ... Joshua Harlow
Sebastien Foucan ... Anton Bogart
Craig Conway ... Steve Tomko
John Lynch ... Gene Walker
Nick Rowntree Nick Rowntree ... Eddy Cusack
Rachel Grant ... Lina Sofia
Bashar Rahal ... Asa Sadi
Andy Nyman ... Tech Eddie
Iddo Goldberg ... Tech Rob
Scott Adkins ... Yuri Petrov
Camilla Power ... Powers Assistant


Every seven years in an unsuspecting town, The Tournament takes place. A battle royale between 30 of the world's deadliest assassins. The last man standing receiving the $10,000,000 cash prize and the title of Worlds No 1, which itself carries the legendary million dollar a bullet price tag. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Death by elimination See more »


Action | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong bloody violence, language and some nudity | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Cameo: Nick Rowntree, one of the 3 writers of this film, has a cameo as 'Eddy Cusak,' the assassin in the Parking Garage. See more »


When Lai Lai opens the suitcase and holds up the 9PM there is a close up of her hand. Then the next shot is of her turning off the shower, with a noticeably very different hand. See more »


Gene Walker: What's the matter, Mr. Harlow? Are you out of bullets? Why, here, have some of mine!
[opens fire]
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Alternate Versions

German retail version is cut by ca. three minutes to secure a "Not under 18" rating. The version released in Austria/Switzerland is cut as well (the killing of the dog). See more »


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Lai Lai Fights
Composed by James Edward Barker
Performed by James Edward Barker
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Murder and mayhem in Middlesbrough.
26 November 2016 | by BA_HarrisonSee all my reviews

No two ways about it, The Tournament is one hell of a bloody silly film, stretching plausibility way beyond breaking point, but that doesn't stop it from being quite a bit of fun.

Every seven years, in an ordinary town, an extraordinary event takes place: the worlds top 30 assassins meet for The Tournament, a fight to the death that sees the winner pick up a cool $10million in prize money. This time around, the arena is Middlesbrough in the UK. That's right, Middlesbrough. Not London, not Manchester, not even Liverpool or Birmingham, but Middlesbrough, which must have the highest concentration of CCTV cameras in the country, for the whole event is broadcast live for the benefit of rich gamblers, who bet on the outcome (even a fight that takes place inside a disused church is somehow broadcast to the punters). It's also clearly not got much of a police force, for there is no sign of the law as Middlesbrough is turned into a battleground.

To ensure that each killer is able to identify the other players, tracking devices have been implanted in their stomachs; these gadgets are also explosive, so if a player gets out of line, they can be instantly 'withdrawn' from the game (with satisfyingly messy results). Favourite for the latest Tournament is the previous winner, Joshua Harlow (Ving Rhames), who is seeking revenge for the murder of his wife. Unwittingly taking part is alcoholic priest Father MacAvoy (Robert Carlyle) who accidentally swallows one of the tracking devices.

As I have already said, the idea that such a contest would and could take place in a town such as Middlesbrough without the immediate intervention of the armed police is ludicrous, but with lots of ballistic action (bullet squibs), martial arts, exploding bodies, impressive parkour, and plenty of vehicular carnage, plus the added bonus of the beautiful Kelly Hu as sexy assassin Lai Lai Zhen, The Tournament is mindlessly entertaining for the duration and should keep most undemanding action fans happy through its sheer energy.

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Release Date:

25 July 2010 (UK) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »


Box Office


$9,000,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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