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Redbelt (2008)

DIRECTOR David Mamet
STARS Chiwetel Ejiofor, Emily Mortimer, Rebecca Pidgeon

Squeaking in by virtue of its Mamet dialogue and straight-down-the-middle examination of honour and what it means to be a man, Redbelt is something of a leftfield choice, we admit. But Mamet's tale of a mixed-martial arts instructor, gradually drawn back into the game by manipulation and money troubles, is an unflinching and very cool drama, with Ejiofor's calm performance an excellent anchor. The fight scenes, including an astonishing bout at the end that takes place outside the ring and lasts for about as long as Keith David and Roddy Piper's fist fight in They Live, are authentic and, we're reliably informed, as close to the real thing as you're going to get in a mainstream movie. Not just for Mamet completists – seek it out.
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QUICK POLL
Should Redbelt be higher or lower on the list?
Higher
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The Stats
THE SPORT
Mixed martial arts
THE PLAYER
Reluctant fighter Mike Terry
DOCUMENTARY?
No.
DEFINING MOMENT
That climactic fight, when Ejiofor puts everything he has - honour, his name, dignity, his life - on the line, and stands up for what's right. It's like a Western suddenly breaks out.
KEY TACTICS
Be cool. Be cooler than the other fella. Counts for something.
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Your Comments

1 Underdog film
Dodgeball certainly remains one of the classic underdog films, not just for its inspirational value, but its usual comedy, too. And perhaps some of the others could make this list too: http://www.ranker.com/list/best-movies-about-underdogs/ ranker-film Read More

Posted on Wednesday June 18, 2014, 18:51 by Imperion

2 See Also
Karate Kid, The Waterboy, The foot fist way, Hot rod, Caddy Shack, The mighty ducks, coach carter, blades of glory, mean machine, leatherheads, the ringer, nacho libre, kicking and screaming, baseketball, remember the titans, brians song, don king: only in america, cinderella man, million dollar baby, somebody up there likes me, the boxer, knuckle, bend it like beckham, fever pitch, zidane Read More

Posted on Saturday September 15, 2012, 18:42 by bnicholson50

3 RE: What the Hell!?
l largely an excuse for Chaplin to show off his legendary slapstick skills and rubbery physical abilities while poking fun at sports clichés and underdog stories, but it's still more entertaining than most of the films it skewers. ow exactly does Chaplin, in 1915, skewer films that are very very far from being made and poking fun at sports clichés that do not yet exist? Read More

Posted on Wednesday July 25, 2012, 00:42 by Evil_Bob

4 RE: Rocky - third place
BASEketball should totally be in here. Okay it's not a real sport, but it is a sport movie. And it's funny as shit wise a pretty damn solid list. (Rocky 2-4 should be included as well, but maybe that's being a bit greedy...) Read More

Posted on Tuesday July 24, 2012, 13:55 by Whistler


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