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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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Ben Younger

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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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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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Country:

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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

Gross USA:

$4,847,865
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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 »

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Vinny Pazienza didn't make his comeback against Duran. He had actually won 6 fights in 1,5 years after his return from injury before he fought Duran for the 1st time. See more »

Quotes

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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Miles Teller is fantastic in this inspirational comeback of all comebacks
13 October 2016 | by bartonj2410See all my reviews

When it comes to film, there is no other sport that has delivered such powerful and emotional dramas on the big screen as boxing. It's the personal drama they delve into that makes them so relatable to audiences. That's not to say we've all climbed the Rocky Steps or assaulted family members as a result of paranoia though.

Many have been based on true stories and that is certainly the case with Bleed For This, a film based on the astonishingly courageous real life experiences of Vinny Pazienza.

Played by Miles Teller, Pazienza was a World Champion Boxer who was left not knowing whether he'd be able to walk again after a near fatal car accident caused severe spinal damage. Rather than let it defeat him, Pazienza aimed to get back in the ring, setting in motion one of the greatest comebacks in sporting history.

The biggest draw of Bleed For This are its performances, particularly the knock-out lead one given by Miles Teller, one of the hottest young actors in Hollywood today. Teller never loses the cockiness of Pazienza, even when he faces a life without boxing, turning him into such a remarkable character.

I really enjoyed the pairing of Teller and Aaron Eckhart as his trainer, Kevin Rooney. Eckhart hasn't really had much to shout about in recent years but I do think he's a good actor, showcasing it here with a good performance. Ciarán Hinds and Katey Sagal deliver fine performances as Vinny's mother and father, taking me a while to realise it was even them with the change in appearance.

The best boxing films are the ones that focus more on the goings on outside of the ring than inside it, and that's where Ben Younger gets it right with Bleed For This. Yes, a big part of the story is Vinny wanting to get back in the ring but Younger chooses to focus on the man himself and how driven an individual he was to get back to his best in the ring.

Younger also delivers some energetic boxing sequences, using quick edits and excellent sound mixing to almost feel like you're taking the punches at times. The brutality of the sport is wince- inducing at times so the film does warrant its rating however, the moment that had everyone wincing was when Vinny has the screws taken out of his head after six months of wearing the halo designed to help his neck recover. It's a moment that perfectly captures the severity of Vinny's accident as well as the aforementioned cockiness, Teller playing it for laughs.

If you're a fan of boxing films, Bleed For This is a film you will want to see. Don't dismiss it entirely if you aren't a big fan of boxing films because there is plenty to admire in this portrayal of one of the most inspirational comebacks in sporting history.


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