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Circle of Pain (2010)

Following a fighting accident, Dalton Hunt retired from the world of mixed martial arts at the top of his game. As Dalton is lured back into the world of fighting, he strides to become the warrior he once was.

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Daniel Zirilli

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Bobby Mort (screenplay and story), Daniel Zirilli (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bai Ling ... Victoria Ruolan
Dean Cain ... Wyatt
Tony Schiena ... Dalton Hunt
Heath Herring Heath Herring ... Colin 'the brick' Wahle
Louis Herthum ... Willy
Shannon Lepard ... Elena
Talise Zirilli Talise Zirilli ... Grace
John Edward Lee John Edward Lee ... Cliff
Kevin 'Kimbo Slice' Ferguson ... Reg (as Kimbo Slice)
Yves Edwards Yves Edwards ... Bronner
Frank Mir Frank Mir ... Axl
Miguel Torres Miguel Torres ... Kwan
Conner Brantley Conner Brantley ... Joey Pedro
Carlo Prater Carlo Prater ... Dexter
Jace Jeanes Jace Jeanes ... Rafael
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Following a fighting accident, Dalton Hunt retired from the world of mixed martial arts at the top of his game. As Dalton is lured back into the world of fighting, he strides to become the warrior he once was.

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Pain is temporary, pride lasts forever.

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Action | Drama

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Rated R for strong sexuality/nudity, violence and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 August 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Return of the Fighter See more »

Filming Locations:

Kyle, Texas, USA See more »

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
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1.78 : 1
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The end credits say "filmed at Studio Estates, Rye Texas", but Studio Estates is actually in Kyle, Texas. See more »

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Always Been You
Written By Jesse Pruett
Performed By 'Parker Theory'
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90 minutes of pain
18 June 2010 | by hejsamesterSee all my reviews

I was allowed to screen this, and I don't consider that a privilege.

This movie is as bad as fighting movies comes; yes, even worse than Dead or Alive.

Standard plot. A righteous hero with personal problems, who is forced to fight and must regain all his past skills by training and fighting scrubs before stepping into the ring against the evil guy at the end. Of course his trainers are his best friend and an old dude.

Horrible acting. The actors and lines are better in most soaps. It's hard to say if it's the script or the actors, since both is really really bad. Horrible writing combined with terrible actors doesn't exactly create Oscar winning dialog.

Towards the end, we get some soft-core pornography without any context at all. Normally a sex scene adds to the plot or story of the film or its characters. These just seem like they were forced in there because fans of action movies expect it or because the producers had to fill in some blank tape ("hey we got 10 minutes to fill, why don't you fool around a bit and we put it in somewhere?").

The fighting? I didn't care much for it, but then again, I'm not a martial arts fan. With characters this badly written and actors not doing a great job, I lost most interest in whoever would win the various fights, and a small bit of me hoped that they would all loose. That would at least give the movie a moral of fighting being uncool.

It gets two stars since I remember having seen a worse movie - I just can't remember which. As entertaining as getting drop kicked.


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