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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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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)

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$2,366,810 (USA) (18 November 2016)

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$4,847,865 (USA) (2 December 2016)
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The fight coordinator was knocked out by Edwin Rodriguez when filming the final fight (on the final day of shooting). Ben Younger explained that this led to a much shorter than planned sequence in the movie. See more »

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At the beginning of the Duran fight the commentators say that Pazienza is trying to win the belt 3 weight classes higher than the one where he had won his 1st world title. Actually, the gap was 5 weight classes (between lightweight and super middleweight). See more »

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Female Reporter: People are calling this one of the most unlikely comebacks in sports history. What do you attribute it to?
Vinny Pazienza: Hum... Yeah, I don't know. I had a lot of help.
Female Reporter: But you've also had a lot of adversity. You've had issues with management, conflicts of interest...
Vinny Pazienza: Yeah, well, the boxing world looks shiny from the outside. It's filled with promises that... Most of them turn out to be lies. You can't rely on anyone.
Female Reporter: So what would you say the biggest deception was? What was the biggest lie you were told?
Vinny Pazienza: [...]
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The Stroke
Written by Billy Squier
Performed by Billy Squier
Courtesy of Capitol Records, LLC
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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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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