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Monday, December 16, 2013

FIGHT FILMS: GRUDGE MATCH!

FIGHT FILMS: GRUGE MATCH!

Grudge Match stars award-winning movie legends Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro as old boxing rivals who come out of retirement for one final match.

In Grudge Match, De Niro and Stallone play Billy The Kid McDonnen and Henry Razor Sharp, two local Pittsburgh fighters whose fierce rivalry put them in the national spotlight. Each had scored a victory against the other during their heyday, but in 1983, on the eve of their decisive third match, Razor suddenly announced his retirement, refusing to explain why but effectively delivering a knock-out punch to both their careers. Thirty years later, boxing promoter Dante Slate Jr., seeing big dollar signs, makes them an offer they can’t refuse: to re-enter the ring and settle the score once and for all. 

But they may not have to wait that long: on their first encounter in decades, their long-festering feud erupts into an unintentionally hilarious melee that instantly goes viral. The sudden social media frenzy transforms their local grudge match into a must-see HBO event. Now, if they can just survive the training, they may actually live to fight again.

The film also stars Kevin Hart as Dante Slate Jr.; Alan Arkin as Razor’s former trainer, Louis Lightning Conlon, who gets to put Razor through his paces again; and Kim Basinger as Sally Rose, who was once the love of Razor’s life. Rounding out the cast are Jon Bernthal as BJ, who becomes The Kid’s instinctive but untested trainer; and young film newcomer Camden Gray.

Peter Segal directs from a screenplay by Tim Kelleher and Rodney Rothman, story by Tim Kelleher.


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