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Warrior (2011)

PG-13 | | Drama, Sport | 9 September 2011 (USA)
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The youngest son of an alcoholic former boxer returns home, where he's trained by his father for competition in a mixed martial arts tournament - a path that puts the fighter on a collision course with his estranged, older brother.

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Gavin O'Connor

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Gavin O'Connor (screenplay), Anthony Tambakis (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joel Edgerton ... Brendan Conlon
Tom Hardy ... Tommy Conlon
Nick Nolte ... Paddy Conlon
Jennifer Morrison ... Tess Conlon
Frank Grillo ... Frank Campana
Kevin Dunn ... Principal Zito
Maximiliano Hernández ... Colt Boyd
Bryan Callen ... Bryan Callen
Sam Sheridan Sam Sheridan ... Sam Sheridan
Fernando Chien ... Fenroy (as Fernando Funan Chien)
Jake McLaughlin ... Mark Bradford
Vanessa Martinez ... Pilar Fernandez
Denzel Whitaker ... Stephon
Carlos Miranda ... Tito
Manuel Espinosa ... Warden Perez
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Storyline

Two brothers face the fight of a lifetime - and the wreckage of their broken family - within the brutal, high-stakes world of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighting in Lionsgate's action/drama, WARRIOR. A former Marine, haunted by a tragic past, Tommy Riordan returns to his hometown of Pittsburgh and enlists his father, a recovered alcoholic and his former coach, to train him for an MMA tournament awarding the biggest purse in the history of the sport. As Tommy blazes a violent path towards the title prize, his brother, Brendan, a former MMA fighter unable to make ends meet as a public school teacher, returns to the amateur ring to provide for his family. Even though years have passed, recriminations and past betrayals keep Brendan bitterly estranged from both Tommy and his father. But when Brendan's unlikely rise as an underdog sets him on a collision course with Tommy, the two brothers must finally confront the forces that tore them apart, all the while waging the most intense, ... Written by MConnell

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Taglines:

Family is worth fighting for. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense mixed martial arts fighting, some language and thematic material | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

9 September 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Warrior See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,242,107, 11 September 2011

Gross USA:

$13,657,115

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$23,057,115
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The character "Koba" seems to loosely resemble real-life Mixed Martial Artist Fedor Emelianenko, who was the #1 ranked Heavyweight in Mixed Martial Arts for over seven years and was considered unbeatable. He also was Russian and a Sambo Champion multiple times over. Moreover, there is even a physical resemblance, as Fedor was white, bald, and about Koba's size. However, the name "Koba" was a moniker for Josef Stalin. Emelianenko's reputation as a professional athlete, as well as his character, are highly positive, and his physique is pudgier than that of Angle's, so the similarity is only in their professional achievements. See more »

Goofs

(Flopped shot) During the final bout, Tommy looks over at the crowd of U.S. Marines. All of their ribbons are mounted over their left side. When shown again they are on the right side and in the last shot there on the left side again. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Paddy Conlon: [arriving home] Tommy? Jesus! What are you doing here?
Tom Conlon: I was just passing through. I figured why not have a belt with the old man.
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Connections

References UFC 1: The Beginning (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

On My Side
Written by Zach Sciacca, Michael Urbano, Lateef Dumont (as Lateef Daumont), and Sean Daly
Performed by DJ Z-Trip (as Z-Trip) featuring Lateef Dumont (as Lateef) and Slug
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A wonderfully, well written story
10 September 2011 | by nyharlemeveSee all my reviews

This movie is truly, truly OUTSTANDING! I am in complete shock over the performances in this film. Nick Nolte, as usual, gives a gritty, gut wrenching, emotional performance that left me buckling at the knees. One of my all time favorite movies of Mr. Nolte was Rich Man, Poor Man, absolutely a god given talent! The performances of Mr. Hardy and Mr. Edgeron were academy award winning, I would love to see more of them by far! I cried throughout the movie, and when it was over, I could not wait to tell everyone about it. A terrific ensemble cast and movie that certainly should be up for Best Picture!! A definitive Oscar nod for Nick Nolte, and if it were up to me, Mr. Hardy and Mr. Edgeron would walk away with one as well! If you have not seen this movie, drop what you are doing, run to your nearest theater. This movie is truly what being a performer is all about! My hat is off to you all!!!


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