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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.

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... Vinny
... Kevin Rooney
... Louise
... Angelo
... Lou Duva
... Dan Duva
... Doreen
... Jon
... Woman in Caesar's Hotel Room
... Heather
... Charity - Woman Freaked out by Halo
Denise Schaefer ... Leigh
Peter Quillin ... Roger Mayweather
Jean Pierre Augustin ... Gilbert Dele (as Jeanpierre Augustin)
Edwin Rodriguez ... Roberto Duran
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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.

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This is what the greatest comeback in sports history looks like

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Biography | Drama | Sport

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

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18 November 2016 (USA)  »

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Paz: The Vinny Pazienza Story  »

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$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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Miles Teller and Michael B. Jordan worked together in 2 films (That Awkward Moment and Fantastic Four) and both of them have portrayed boxers in films (Bleed for This and Creed) respectively. See more »

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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 »

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Vinny Pazienza: I'm not at my fight weight right now.
Kevin Rooney: Hey, Vinny, I just saw you use your weight. It wasn't slowing you down. At all.
Vinny Pazienza: Look, I don't need to cut corners, Kev. I can make weight.
Kevin Rooney: No, maybe you're at your weight. Cutting corners is what you've been doing.
Vinny Pazienza: I won my first world title...
Kevin Rooney: 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 »


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Rock and Roll Ain't Noise Pollution
Written by Brian Johnson, Angus Young and Malcolm Young
Performed by AC/DC
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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A triumphant story on Vinny. But the film is slightly dull.
15 March 2017 | by See all my reviews

Bleed for This a sports drama based on the champion boxer Vinny Pazienza and the accident that almost left him paralyzed. It does not stop him on the road to recovery in training to get back into the boxing ring. These films are suppose to make you feel a little inspirational seeing real life situations happening to real people. The film does show very little for the inspiration.

Vinny (Miles Teller) is a cocky boxer, who rigs his body weight to meet the requirements. After the car accident, that leaves him wearing a halo ring on his neck for six months to recover. And the doctors telling him he is unable to ever go back in the ring. He spends his day, eating junk food, watching day time TV, going to strip clubs, and hanging out with his personal trainer Kevin (Aaron Eckhart). Vinny decides that he needs to work harder to train himself to get back into the ring against the doctors wishes.

The positive things about Bleed for This is it tries to have a fun sense of 1980s direction with the music soundtrack. Also, the inspirational true story about a boxer never letting a severe injury from stopping him to doing what he is inspired to do. The climax of the boxing match as Vinny is risking himself from severing his spinal cord from a single bad throw that can paralyze him was cringe worthy. Also, Miles Teller did a great job in portraying Vinny Pazienza. Aaron Eckhart playing a balding out of shape trainer was also good.

The negative thing about the film besides knowing how the turn out and what will happen to the character ends. I felt like the direction could have been a little stronger with its inspirational tone. The film does so well in trying to have a fun 80s tone, or delivering great performances with the cast. To make you feel for the moment and making it memorable unlike the others does not have much going for the movie. It can get pretty slow in the middle of the film until Vinny tries to lift weights while recovering. The music score Julia Holter does so little in making a memorable score besides having a couple of beat down 80s song.

Overall, Bleed for This is a fair sports drama film that has good talent, and an inspired concept but does so little with trying so hard on making the movie emotional. The hard recovery the boxer went through will be inspired as a strong motivation but the film sadly will easily be forgotten. I will rate the film 3 out of 5 stars.


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