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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Joe Collins
... Academy Fighter
... Mike Terry
... Sondra Terry
... Snowflake
... Laura Black
... Gini Collins
Luciana Souza ... Singer in Bar
... The Magician (as Cyril Takata)
... Billy the Bartender
... Marty Brown
... Dylan Flynn
... Ricardo Silva
... Bruno Silva
Ricardo Wilke ... Eduardo
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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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deception | fight | bar | debt | jujitsu | See All (122) »

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Drama | Sport

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Rated R for strong language | See all certifications »

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$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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Trivia

David Mamet had been studying jiu-jitsu for about 6 years prior to making the film. See more »

Goofs

Chiwetel Ejiofor's character (Mike Terry) receives a knife wound to the left arm during a bar fight. Later in the movie while training shirtless, there is no wound marks on either of his arms. 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 Redbelt: Q&A with Director David Mamet (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Voce Nao Me Ve
Written by Rebecca Pidgeon and David Mamet
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 Luciana Souza
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Good Action, also good acting......a little shaky throughout.
28 August 2008 | by See all my reviews

This is certainly an entertaining movie. The action was really fun to watch. There was nothing unbelievable, which was a nice change for a martial arts film. The acting was even good. The issue I had, was it was a little shaky coming down the runway. You had characters dropping out, and a little of the dialog was strange. Overall, I would recommend it. Nice to watch. On a personal preference level, not a fan of the ending, but I may be alone on that. This is not like any other film I have seen. I give it a 9 for originality. I give it a 8 for action. I give it a 7 for plot, and a 4 for ending. Thanks, I hope you enjoy(ed) the movie!!


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