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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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Taglines:

This is what the greatest comeback in sports history looks like

Genres:

Biography | Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

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, 20 November 2016

Gross USA:

$5,083,906

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,698,679
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Miles Teller trained with boxing trainer Darrell Foster, who'd trained fighters like Sugar Ray Leonard and helped Will Smith become Muhammad Ali for 2001's Ali. See more »

Goofs

the movie shows the comeback fight taking place on June 25, 1990, when in actually took place in 1994. this might explain why the MLB wild card race was mentioned on the TV. also the MGM grand didn't exist until 1993. 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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Soundtracks

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 cruise01See 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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