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Bleed for This (2016)

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The inspirational story of World Champion Boxer Vinny Pazienza who, after a near fatal car crash which left him not knowing if he'd ever walk again, made one of sport's most incredible comebacks.

Director:

Ben Younger

Writers:

Ben Younger (screenplay by), Ben Younger (story by) | 2 more credits »
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Miles Teller ... Vinny
Aaron Eckhart ... Kevin Rooney
Katey Sagal ... Louise
Ciarán Hinds ... Angelo
Ted Levine ... Lou Duva
Jordan Gelber ... Dan Duva
Amanda Clayton ... Doreen
Daniel Sauli ... Jon
Christine Evangelista ... Woman in Caesar's Hotel Room
Tina Casciani ... Heather
Liz Carey ... Charity - Woman Freaked out by Halo
Denise Schaefer Denise Schaefer ... Leigh
Peter Quillin Peter Quillin ... Roger Mayweather
Jean Pierre Augustin Jean Pierre Augustin ... Gilbert Dele (as Jeanpierre Augustin)
Edwin Rodriguez Edwin Rodriguez ... Roberto Duran
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Storyline

On November 1988, Vinny Pazienza boxes Roger Mayweather for the WBC World Light Welterweight Title. He arrives late to the weigh-in, as he has been riding a stationary bicycle in order to make the weight limit. Vinny's final weight is 140 pounds even, which qualifies him for the fight. Instead of resting up for the fight, Vinny spends the night at a casino. The following day, he loses to Mayweather. At one point during the fight, Vinny is hit after the bell. His boxing manager Lou Duva causes a scene by going after Mayweather, but is punched as a result. Following the match, Duva tells the media that Vinny should retire from boxing. This angers Vinny's father Angelo (who serves as his coach), and he confronts Duva. In the ensuing argument, Vinny announces that he wants another fight, and hires Kevin Rooney as his coach..

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Taglines:

This is what the greatest comeback in sports history looks like

Genres:

Biography | Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, sexuality/nudity and some accident images | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

18 November 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Paz: The Vinny Pazienza Story See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,366,810, 18 November 2016, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$4,847,865, 2 December 2016
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Trivia

The movie was filmed in 24 days on a budget of six million dollars, according to an interview with Ben Younger on KCRW's The Treatment. See more »

Goofs

Late in the film, the TV in Vinnie's living room makes reference to the Red Sox "chasing the Yankees for the wild-card...". The concept of a "wild-card" wasn't introduced into MLB until 1994, over 2 years after the scene takes place. Neither Boston or New York were in contention as division leaders during the later part of the 1992 MLB season. See more »

Quotes

Kevin Rooney: This is it! THIS IS FUCKING IT!
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Soundtracks

Top Billin'
Written by Kirk Robinson and Roy Hammond
Performed by Audio Two
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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Faith & Persistence
21 November 2016 | by clarkj-565-161336See all my reviews

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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