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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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Ben Younger (screenplay by), Ben Younger (story by) | 2 more credits »
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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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USA

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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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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 »

Goofs

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 »

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Kevin Rooney: Christ and elephants.
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Written by Willis Earl Beal
Performed by Willis Earl Beal
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This ain't no Rocky!
15 November 2016 | by RamascreenSee all my reviews

The problem with BLEED FOR THIS is that the true story behind it is way more fascinating than the film itself which unfortunately doesn't get to be anything more than mundane. After having seen countless other comeback underdog themed films in the past, BLEED FOR THIS just seems so uninspired.

Miles Teller plays Vinny "The Pazmanian Devil" Pazienza, a boxer who shot to stardom after winning 2 world title fights. He's at the top of his game. But a near fatal car crash leaves him with spinal injury so bad the doctors think he may never walk again. But with the help of stubbornness and his trainer, Kevin Rooney (Aaron Eckhart), Vinny proves everybody wrong and not only does he get to walk again, he ultimately returns to the ring and reclaims his title belt. It's been deemed as one of the most incredible comebacks in sports history.

As I said earlier, the true story of Vinny and how he defied all odds is fascinating, I mean the guy actually had metals screwed in to his head and shoulders, the damage would make even people with faith be skeptical of Vinny's recovery. So the fact that he ended up boxing again was nothing short of a miracle. But the film unfortunately is too textbook, there's nothing authentic about writer/director Ben Younger's approach, even the way it presents some of the characters' personal demons, they come across like some kind of caricatures. Which is a shame because I commend Younger for taking a risk on the guy who usually plays the funny friend ("Footloose," "Divergent") and was part of that horrible "Fantastic Four" reboot, Miles Teller. I think gambling on Teller was the right move on Younger, Teller in my opinion does his job, maybe not to the extent that De Niro did his in "Raging Bull," but Teller provides a much needed intensity. The kid's got talent. I can't say the same for the rest of the actors around him that are too busy trying to look and talk and walk like they're local Providence. BLEED FOR THIS is what happens when a script plays it too much by the book and plays it safe, what you get is a film that doesn't move you; a film that lacks imagination and excitement.

-- Rama's Screen --


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