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||IMDB Rating: 5.4/10 from R votes
||Release: 27 July 2000 (Netherlands) /
||Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sport
||Stars: Aida Turturro, Antonio Banderas, Cameron Milzer, Cylk Cozart, Jack Carter, Julio García, Lolita Davidovich, Louie Leonardo, Lucy Liu, Richard Masur, Robert Wagner, Slade Barnett, Tom Sizemore, Willie Garson, Woody Harrelson
||Synopsis: Two aging fighters in LA, friends, get a call from a Vegas promoter because his undercard fighters for a Mike Tyson bout that night are suddenly unavailable. He wants them to box each other. They agree as long as the winner gets a shot at the middleweight title. They enlist Grace, Cesar's current and Vinnie's ex girlfriend, to drive them to Vegas. On the trip, we see flashbacks to their previous title shots, their competitive friendship, and Grace's motivational wiles. (She has her own entrepreneurial dreams.) The fight itself is historic: ten rounds of savagery and courage. Who will win, who'll get the title shot, who gets Grace, and where will she find venture capital? Written by [email protected]
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Play It To The Bone' is really two movies. One is a movie about boxing and
the other is a comedic character study of the boxers. As a boxing film it
succeeds nicely. As a comedy it has its moments. As a character study it
hits the canvas hard.
The storyline was sort of Rocky' times two. Two washed up middleweight
boxers Vince and Cesar (Woody Harrelson and Antonio Banderas), who are also
best friends, get a last minute chance to fight in Las Vegas on the
undercard of a Mike Tyson heavyweight bout when the two scheduled fighters
are unable to fight. They are promised that the winner will get a chance to
fight for the championship, but they have to be in Las Vegas tonight. The
trouble is, they have to fight each other.
So they climb into a car with Cesar's girlfriend (and Vince's ex-girlfriend)
Grace (Lolita Davidovich) and drive from L.A. to Las Vegas. Most of the
rest of the movie is about the drive followed by the fight.
Director Ron Shelton has had quite a few sports oriented success stories to
his credit (Bull Durham, White Men Can't Jump and Tin Cup). The best part
of the film was the boxing. The boxing was well choreographed and both
actors were athletic and fought like real boxers. Shelton was also
excellent at creating the feel of a boxing match. Anyone who has ever
watched an HBO bout will recognize ring announcers Jim Lampley, Larry
Merchant and George Foreman. Mike Tyson made a cameo as well as numerous
celebrity boxing fans (Kevin Costner, Rod Stewart, Wesley Snipes and a host
of others). The makeup for the cuts and puffiness was also very
Unfortunately, the rest of the film was not as good as the fight. Shelton
spends a good deal of time developing the characters, but it is all for
naught because they have no substance. They are two hapless jocks, obvious
mental lightweights, who spend most of the trip to Las Vegas fighting over
Grace, cutting up and strutting around like peacocks. Shelton takes great
pains to try to make us love these characters equally by making them equally
pathetic. But that doesn't work because it leaves the audience without
anyone to pull for in the fight. The ending is utterly predictable and the
film whimpers off into the sunset with no more than a stagger.
Banderas and Harrelson both gave journeyman performances. They had good
chemistry and some decent comedy between them, but there was nothing special
here. The best performance by far was by Davidovich who transcended her
normal sex kitten role and took command of the entire film with a character
that was a flaming bitch on wheels. She was smart, tough sexy and
manipulative and dominated every scene. Once again she shows that she is
talented as well as attractive, which makes me wonder why she has never
gotten more substantial roles.
This is a tough one to rate because it does some things very well and other
things poorly. I gave it a 6/10. It had some good comedic moments, but not
enough of them. It had some excellent boxing scenes, but a disappointing
outcome. And the character study simply failed due to vacant characters.
If you like boxing, Harrelson, Banderas or especially Davidovich, you will
enjoy this film. Otherwise, enter at your own risk.
Tags for Play It to the Bone Full Movie
, Antonio Banderas
, Cameron Milzer
, Cylk Cozart
, Jack Carter
, Julio García
, Lolita Davidovich
, Louie Leonardo
, Lucy Liu
, Richard Masur
, Robert Wagner
, Slade Barnett
, Tom Sizemore
, Willie Garson
, Woody Harrelson
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