This film is only the third film directed by Ben Younger. The only other movies directed by Younger are Boiler Room (2000) and Prime (2005). See more »
Vinny Pazienza won the Duran fight by a wider margin than it is shown in the movie. Instead of a majority decision (114-114, 115-113 and 115-113) it was a unanimous decision (117-113, 117-112 and 117-112). See more »
I'm not at my fight weight right now.
Hey, Vinny, I just saw you use your weight. It wasn't slowing you down. At all.
Look, I don't need to cut corners, Kev. I can make weight.
No, maybe you're at your weight. Cutting corners is what you've been doing.
I won my first world title...
As a lightweight, I know. The first time I got laid was in my high school parking lot. You see me taking my wife there every time I want to get my rocks off?
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In the first part of the end credits, footage of the real people is shown. See more »
Based on a true story, Vinny Pazienza overcomes a terrible car accident to return to the sport he truly loves, Boxing. I was a bit hesitant to see this movie because of all the previous movies about fighters. However the director quickly immerses you into Vinny's world and you are immediately hooked. What I liked most about the movie was how all the characters were so believable. The close family relationship, the mother's ritual when all the relatives are glued to the tube, the family dinners, ornaments etc. Everyone has a lot of soul and individuality. Vinny's determination is all important, but he has the affection and love from friends and family. Most of all he has his coach, portrayed by Aaron Eckhart. A man who is fighting is own demons of being a has been, wanting a winner, but also knowing that a coach must do what is best for those under his charge, regardless of what is best for him or others.
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