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Redbelt (2008)

R | | Drama, Sport | 9 May 2008 (USA)
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A fateful event leads to a job in the film business for top mixed-martial arts instructor Mike Terry. Though he refuses to participate in prize bouts, circumstances conspire to force him to consider entering such a competition.

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David Mamet

Writer:

David Mamet
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Max Martini ... Joe Collins
Matt Cable ... Academy Fighter
Chiwetel Ejiofor ... Mike Terry
Alice Braga ... Sondra Terry
Jose Pablo Cantillo ... Snowflake
Emily Mortimer ... Laura Black
Cathy Cahlin Ryan ... Gini Collins
Luciana Souza Luciana Souza ... Singer in Bar
Cyril Takayama ... The Magician (as Cyril Takata)
Scott Barry ... Billy the Bartender
Ricky Jay ... Marty Brown
Randy Couture ... Dylan Flynn
John Machado ... Ricardo Silva
Rodrigo Santoro ... Bruno Silva
Ricardo Wilke Ricardo Wilke ... Eduardo
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Storyline

Is there room for principle in Los Angeles? Mike Terry teaches jujitsu and barely makes ends meet. His Brazilian wife, whose family promotes fights, wants to see Mike in the ring making money, but to him competition is degrading. A woman sideswipes Mike's car and then, after an odd sequence of events, shoots out the studio's window. Later that evening, Mike rescues an action movie star in a fistfight at a bar. In return, the actor befriends Mike, gives him a gift, offers him work on his newest film, and introduces Mike's wife to his own - the women initiate business dealings. Then, things go sour all at once, Mike's debts mount, and going into the ring may be his only option. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Plot Keywords:

deception | fight | bar | debt | jujitsu | See All (122) »

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Fight for life April 2008 See more »

Genres:

Drama | Sport

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Rated R for strong language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Portuguese | Japanese

Release Date:

9 May 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ceinture rouge See more »

Filming Locations:

Long Beach, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$63,361, 4 May 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,344,847, 13 July 2008
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Sony Pictures Classics See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Popular MMA trainer Pat Militech served as a consultant on this film. See more »

Goofs

When Mike is on Chet's set during the knife demonstration, the knife fighters shirt first appears to be clean. When the camera shot changes it becomes sweaty in the front and back, and when the camera changes again it appears to be clean. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Mike Terry: Tie him up.
[to class]
Mike Terry: The hands are not the issue. The fight is the issue. The battle is the issue. Who imposes the terms of the battle will impose the terms of the peace. Think he has a handicap? No. The other guy has a handicap if he cannot control himself. You control yourself, you control him.
[to student]
Mike Terry: Take him to court.
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Connections

Referenced in Her: The Untitled Rick Howard Project (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Manha
Written by Rebecca Pidgeon
Portuguese translation by Luciana Souza
Published by Dwight Street Music (BMI), Bella Panorama Music (BMI) and Songs of Windswept Pacific (BMI)
All rights on behalf of Dwight Street Music, Bella Panorama Music administered by Songs of Windswept Pacific
Performed by Rebecca Pidgeon
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MMA Mamet Style
9 May 2008 | by ElijahCSkuggsSee all my reviews

For a fan of MMA like myself, I've been really drooling for a good MMA flick. To satisfy my MMA urges I've put myself through cheesy Bas Rutten flicks (The Eliminator and even The Vault), amazing documentaries (The Smashing Machine), and even rare Japanese flicks (Nagurimono). So this has been a long time coming. A well-made flick, with a well-known director and accomplished actors, this has to be good, right? Well, no, not really. But luck be true, REDBELT was a very good film.

The story follows a thoughtful Jiu Jitsu instructor who ends up running into some good luck. Unfortunately, it doesn't last long, and in order to set things right, he will need to cross examine himself and the people around him. Respect, honor, greed, back-stabbing and gratitude rule this film, turning it into an intriguing, emotional and entertaining movie.

With fantastic acting by most, smart, realistic writing, and some emotional scenes, REDBELT delivers an especially big wallop on the intimate side.

Though, with hyper editing and jerky camera-work used for the MMA scenes, the movie tends not to work as well as I would have liked. For a knowledgeable MMA fan, you'll pick up on all the moves, but for someone who doesn't know about MMA and it's techniques, it may seem like a mess.

However, the film is definitely not a mess. Yeah, the ending was a tad too unbelievable, and though the movie shines through it's writing and realistic situations, some scenes felt a little sappy. But the end of the ending was fantastic.

Red Belt doesn't fail at being an action flick; it just succeeds more so at being an entertaining drama with an MMA theme. This is an easy movie to recommend, since it's easily recommendable to all people who believe in having good morals.

The movie would have been perfect if El Guapo was in it. ;)


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