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Redbelt (2008)

R | | Drama, Sport | 9 May 2008 (USA)
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A fateful event leads to a job in the film business for top mixed-martial arts instructor Mike Terry. Though he refuses to participate in prize bouts, circumstances conspire to force him to consider entering such a competition.

Director:

David Mamet

Writer:

David Mamet
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Max Martini ... Joe Collins
Matt Cable ... Academy Fighter
Chiwetel Ejiofor ... Mike Terry
Alice Braga ... Sondra Terry
Jose Pablo Cantillo ... Snowflake
Emily Mortimer ... Laura Black
Cathy Cahlin Ryan ... Gini Collins
Luciana Souza Luciana Souza ... Singer in Bar
Cyril Takayama ... The Magician (as Cyril Takata)
Scott Barry ... Billy the Bartender
Ricky Jay ... Marty Brown
Randy Couture ... Dylan Flynn
John Machado ... Ricardo Silva
Rodrigo Santoro ... Bruno Silva
Ricardo Wilke Ricardo Wilke ... Eduardo
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Storyline

Is there room for principle in Los Angeles? Mike Terry teaches jujitsu and barely makes ends meet. His Brazilian wife, whose family promotes fights, wants to see Mike in the ring making money, but to him competition is degrading. A woman sideswipes Mike's car and then, after an odd sequence of events, shoots out the studio's window. Later that evening, Mike rescues an action movie star in a fistfight at a bar. In return, the actor befriends Mike, gives him a gift, offers him work on his newest film, and introduces Mike's wife to his own - the women initiate business dealings. Then, things go sour all at once, Mike's debts mount, and going into the ring may be his only option. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Plot Keywords:

deception | fight | bar | debt | jujitsu | See All (122) »

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There's always a way out. You just have to find it. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Portuguese | Japanese

Release Date:

9 May 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ceinture rouge See more »

Filming Locations:

Long Beach, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$63,361, 4 May 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,344,847, 13 July 2008
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Sony Pictures Classics See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

In the stadium fight scene, David Mamet handed out $100 bills to background in the stands if they answered trivia questions correctly in order to get them to look in the right direction and "appear" interested. See more »

Goofs

Chiwetel Ejiofor's character (Mike Terry) receives a knife wound to the left arm during a bar fight. Later in the movie while training shirtless, there is no wound marks on either of his arms. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Mike Terry: Tie him up.
[to class]
Mike Terry: The hands are not the issue. The fight is the issue. The battle is the issue. Who imposes the terms of the battle will impose the terms of the peace. Think he has a handicap? No. The other guy has a handicap if he cannot control himself. You control yourself, you control him.
[to student]
Mike Terry: Take him to court.
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Connections

Referenced in Her: The Untitled Rick Howard Project (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Voce Nao Me Ve
Written by Rebecca Pidgeon and David Mamet
Portuguese translation by Luciana Souza
Published by Dwight Street Music (BMI), Bella Panorama Music (BMI) and Songs of Windswept Pacific (BMI)
All rights on behalf of Dwight Street Music, Bella Panorama Music administered by Songs of Windswept Pacific
Performed by Luciana Souza
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I'd love to dump on this movie for the pain it put me through
16 September 2008 | by socrates99See all my reviews

I've never rented a DVD that I had to take several attempts to see before. This hero's struggle was so painful to me personally that I had to take several runs at it. I'm a little surprised I made it through. Chiwetel Ejiofor as the main character, Mike Terry, is so perfect for the role it begs the question, Was this guy really just acting? The whole point of this movie, an homage to the purity of a certain sort of warrior spirit, is so unexpectedly plausible that I was taken aback. I thought David Mamet who had been involved in "Spartan", "Heist", "Ronin", and "Wag the Dog" to name a few other movies, was more predictably conventional and commercial.

This movie probably won't make a lot of money but it's a truly beautiful exploration of the potential for nobility in modern life. I kinda doubt whether they plan a sequel as the point has been made and it would take a truly extraordinary script to follow this little tour de force, but if there is one, I wouldn't miss it for the world.


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