The youngest son of an alcoholic former boxer returns home, where he's trained by his father for competition in a mixed martial arts tournament - a path that puts the fighter on a collision course with his estranged, older brother.

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Gavin O'Connor

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Gavin O'Connor (screenplay), Anthony Tambakis (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joel Edgerton ... Brendan Conlon
Tom Hardy ... Tommy Conlon
Nick Nolte ... Paddy Conlon
Jennifer Morrison ... Tess Conlon
Frank Grillo ... Frank Campana
Kevin Dunn ... Principal Zito
Maximiliano Hernández ... Colt Boyd (as Maximiliano Hernandez)
Bryan Callen ... Bryan Callen
Sam Sheridan ... Sam Sheridan
Fernando Chien ... Fenroy (as Fernando Funan Chien)
Jake McLaughlin ... Mark Bradford
Vanessa Martinez ... Pilar Fernandez
Denzel Whitaker ... Stephon
Carlos Miranda ... Tito
Nick Lehane ... Nash
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Storyline

Two brothers face the fight of a lifetime - and the wreckage of their broken family - within the brutal, high-stakes world of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighting in Lionsgate's action/drama, WARRIOR. A former Marine, haunted by a tragic past, Tommy Riordan returns to his hometown of Pittsburgh and enlists his father, a recovered alcoholic and his former coach, to train him for an MMA tournament awarding the biggest purse in the history of the sport. As Tommy blazes a violent path towards the title prize, his brother, Brendan, a former MMA fighter unable to make ends meet as a public school teacher, returns to the amateur ring to provide for his family. Even though years have passed, recriminations and past betrayals keep Brendan bitterly estranged from both Tommy and his father. But when Brendan's unlikely rise as an underdog sets him on a collision course with Tommy, the two brothers must finally confront the forces that tore them apart, all the while waging the most intense, ... Written by MConnell

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Action | Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense mixed martial arts fighting, some language and thematic material | See all certifications »

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Frank Grillo and Maximiliano Hernandez would also appear together in Pride and Glory (2008) and Avengers: Endgame (2019). See more »

Goofs

When Paddy tells Tommy that he'll leave the coffee out until 0500 hours (5:00am), a digital alarm clock in the background reveals that the time is already 5:23am. Paddy may have been speaking in reference to future awakenings but this doesn't sound like the case. However, Paddy says that climbing the stairs hurts his knees and so it's likely he doesn't go up there often, which means the clock may still be set on summertime. See more »

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[first lines]
Paddy Conlon: [arriving home] Tommy? Jesus! What are you doing here?
Tom Conlon: I was just passing through. I figured why not have a belt with the old man.
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Fastidious Horses
Written by Vladimir Vysotskiy (as Vladimir Vissotsky)
Performed by Vladimir Vysotskiy (as Vladimir Vissotsky)
Courtesy of Le Chant du Monde
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More than just a fighting film
19 December 2020 | by Floated2See all my reviews

Quite a compelling and interesting story unfolded with the main topic of mma fighting in "Warrior". Lead by a great cast and great acting from its leads, this film is quite a step above simply a fighting film. There is more depth than expected as it has a great buildup to its characters- and they seem like real people rather than just one dimensional caricatures.

What makes Warrior work is not only the acting but the drama is quite compelling, touching and emotional given. Very good writing. The backstory for both leads of Joel Edgerton and Tom Hardy are quite good and as the film goes, we see things unfolding for the best. Nick Nolte is also really well in his role.

Warrior can be enjoyed by more than just fight fans as the story goes deeper them simply fighting. Although the film is quite long in runtime, the pacing gives the film enough where it moves very smoothly. Nothing feels quite out of order or seems to drag.

The ending was somewhat disappointing but it's understandable. Perhaps they could have went in another direction but other than that, Warrior is one of the better "fighting" "sports" films in recent memory.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

9 September 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,242,107, 11 September 2011

Gross USA:

$13,657,115

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$23,308,615
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