With the Tyson fight coming to Vegas, organisers Hank Goody and Joe Domino have put together quite a few big names on the undercard. However when one of their fighters turns up drugged out with two hookers and his opponent is pronounced dead at the scene of a car accident, they are forced to try and rustle up two fighters with a few hours notice and turns to friends Vince and Cesar. Taking the offer, the friends set off with Cesar's girlfriend to make the trip to Vegas for the fight ? a trip that sees them learning more about one another while also trying to prepare to try and knock each other out. I looked at the cast list for this film and wondered why such a film had managed to come and go in the UK without me even having heard of it. So many well-known actors, a big sports director and loads of star cameos ? surely it must be great, well, in a word, no. This is not to say that it is awful because it isn't, it is just that the writing is nowhere near good enough to sustain the film and as a result the film is never engaging on any level. The film has a fight over the final 30 minutes, including set up, but the majority of the film sees us riding in the car with the three main characters. This focus puts a lot of onus onto them as characters and their stories to be interesting and engaging ? the dynamics and the history in that car needs to be the edge, to be the hook that kept me interested. It has its interesting stuff but major things like Grace's relationship with the two men but it doesn't do anything with it whatsoever. Even during the fight her split emotions are made very clear but the actual script never bothers to develop it or make it more than very obvious padding. Sadly the majority of the dialogue was just bickering that didn't develop the characters at all and made their stories just fall flat in the telling because we don't really care about them. Bickering, as White Men Can't Jump showed us, can be fun when it is delivered as a source of comedy but here there are no laughs because it doesn't seem to want to be a comedy either. Its target seemed to have been a character sports film with laughs ? but it pretty much misses all of those. This is not to say that the actual fight isn't fun because it is pretty enjoyable if you like that sort of thing. Yes it is all a bit unrealistic but it is pretty exciting at points and only gets silly at key moments. It isn't a great fight but it is at least a relief to get away from the empty bickering of the majority of the film. Sadly it ends on a low point and then drags back into the empty script again for about 10 minutes before just ending without really telling us anything. Physically Harrelson and Banderas both look good ? although Woody looks the buffest and is an imposing presence. Sadly he just plays his usual character and, without the material, he is exposed. Banderas tries harder to bring some character out in his role but he is just shadow boxing because the script is not there with him. Davidovich is OK but it is evident that she had no idea why her character feels for both the men or why it is so persistent ? nor does she know what to do with it and, although light and fun, she alone cannot add substance. Lucy Liu is annoying and seems only there to fill time, flash flesh and fake an orgasm for the audience. Sizemore is fun but obvious, as is Wagner but both men are very underused. The cameos all roll in at the end of the film but other than saying 'oh look it's' they don't really add anything. Overall this is a pretty poor film. It could have been better if the writing had developed the characters and made the dialogue relevant and interesting instead of just making it a load of bickering, but it didn't. The fight is enjoyable but mainly because it is a welcome break from the average stuff that has gone before, but fans of boxing will scoff at it even if it is quite fun for the most part. Generally it is a missed opportunity with an average script and no real aspirations; not bad just really weak.
Play It to the Bone (1999) 1080p YIFY Movie
Play It to the Bone (1999) 1080p
Two best friends and former middleweight contenders travel to Las Vegas to fight each other for the first time.
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The Synopsis for Play It to the Bone (1999) 1080p
Two aging fighters in LA, friends, get a call from a Vegas promoter because his undercard fighters for a Mike Tyson bout that night are suddenly unavailable. He wants them to box each other. They agree as long as the winner gets a shot at the middleweight title. They enlist Grace, Cesar's current and Vinnie's ex girlfriend, to drive them to Vegas. On the trip, we see flashbacks to their previous title shots, their competitive friendship, and Grace's motivational wiles. (She has her own entrepreneurial dreams.) The fight itself is historic: ten rounds of savagery and courage. Who will win, who'll get the title shot, who gets Grace, and where will she find venture capital?
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It looks to the journey as the focal point but the writing is far too bland and underdone to make it interestingReviewed bybob the mooVote: 5/10
A boxing film from minor or no league sports milieu chronicler Ron Shelton(Bull Durham, White Men Can't Jump) with the not exactly untested talentsofAntonio Banderas, Woody Harrelson, Tom Sizemore, Robert Wagner, RichardMasur, Lolita Davidovich and Lucy Liu. What's wrong with this picture?Nothing once you get to the last third and the actual fight ensues. It'sthefirst 90 minutes that's not quite a knock out.In our overly commercialized and celebrity athlete obsessed worldculture, Shelton has made a career out of showing us the world of thealso-rans (and jumped and hit and thrown, etc.). For every record breakingmulti-millioned contract holder making even more telling the world toguzzlethe Gatorade, there's a hundred guys like "Durham's" Crash Davis trying toeke out one more season before taking a job at the sports shop or hardwarestore. This is "Bone's" big stumble, not really establishing what kinda oflives these two has-beens lead now that they are reduced to working assparring partners at a no-name local L.A. gym. Shelton would have writtenthis a whole lot smarter if he had picked a venue he knew better backeast,say New Orleans or St. Louis for Banderas' Cesar and Harrelson's Vince tohail from.It would have made the road trip a helluva lot more interestingvisually, moving through prairie to mountains to desert. Instead, we getdried brush and rocks as back drop for Cesar and Vince's back and forththatis supposed to tell us who they are. And who they are isn't all thatinteresting, which is what's going to doom this film with audiences. Thisisstory that starts off in the most contrived way. In a chain of events thatstarts with the undercard of a Mike Tyson fight in Vegas gettinghopelesslystoned and haplessly dead, respectively, we are then asked to believe thatthe promoter would even in panic call two guys who don't even really fightany more. The film really needs the audience to believe and believe intheseguys after this and Shelton fails to make Vince and Cesar unique enough.People might plunk down their eight bucks for a flick with stupendousspecial effects, but a great fight?Which is the one thing that "Play It To The Bone" has - a helluvafight. For filmgoers who thought the book had been written on showing aboxing match with either the high art stylization of "Raging Bull" or thepop art sequences of the Rocky franchise, prepare for the most brutallyrealistic display of the sweet science yet shown. In a sequence that usesarefreshing paucity of slow-mo shots, we are taken through ten rounds ofsympathy-welt-raising fisticuffs. At least we know the time Shelton didn'tspend on researching his characters wasn't wasted hobnobbing with Tysonandthe other real-life boxing personalities who pop up in cameos during thissection. It was spent watching God knows how many hours of old boxingfilm.
The sequence also manages a subtle commentary on the empty spectacleofsuch "event" sporting events, as the oblivious main event crowd getssuckedinto Vince and Cesar's career defining contest. Here's what a boxing matchis supposed to be about: two hungry guys out to prove they are top dog.Andright up to the conclusion Shelton is on his way to making the firstuninspired 90 minutes disappear - then he pulls his last punches and ruinsit. This is when the anemic character develpment and unorginality catchesupwith him. The audience feels sucker-punched going out thedoor.
?Play It To The Bone' is really two movies. One is a movie about boxing and the other is a comedic character study of the boxers. As a boxing film it succeeds nicely. As a comedy it has its moments. As a character study it hits the canvas hard. The storyline was sort of ?Rocky' times two. Two washed up middleweight boxers Vince and Cesar (Woody Harrelson and Antonio Banderas), who are also best friends, get a last minute chance to fight in Las Vegas on the undercard of a Mike Tyson heavyweight bout when the two scheduled fighters are unable to fight. They are promised that the winner will get a chance to fight for the championship, but they have to be in Las Vegas tonight. The trouble is, they have to fight each other. So they climb into a car with Cesar's girlfriend (and Vince's ex-girlfriend) Grace (Lolita Davidovich) and drive from L.A. to Las Vegas. Most of the rest of the movie is about the drive followed by the fight. Director Ron Shelton has had quite a few sports oriented success stories to his credit (Bull Durham, White Men Can't Jump and Tin Cup). The best part of the film was the boxing. The boxing was well choreographed and both actors were athletic and fought like real boxers. Shelton was also excellent at creating the feel of a boxing match. Anyone who has ever watched an HBO bout will recognize ring announcers Jim Lampley, Larry Merchant and George Foreman. Mike Tyson made a cameo as well as numerous celebrity boxing fans (Kevin Costner, Rod Stewart, Wesley Snipes and a host of others). The makeup for the cuts and puffiness was also very realistic. Unfortunately, the rest of the film was not as good as the fight. Shelton spends a good deal of time developing the characters, but it is all for naught because they have no substance. They are two hapless jocks, obvious mental lightweights, who spend most of the trip to Las Vegas fighting over Grace, cutting up and strutting around like peacocks. Shelton takes great pains to try to make us love these characters equally by making them equally pathetic. But that doesn't work because it leaves the audience without anyone to pull for in the fight. The ending is utterly predictable and the film whimpers off into the sunset with no more than a stagger. Banderas and Harrelson both gave journeyman performances. They had good chemistry and some decent comedy between them, but there was nothing special here. The best performance by far was by Davidovich who transcended her normal sex kitten role and took command of the entire film with a character that was a flaming bitch on wheels. She was smart, tough sexy and manipulative and dominated every scene. Once again she shows that she is talented as well as attractive, which makes me wonder why she has never gotten more substantial roles. This is a tough one to rate because it does some things very well and other things poorly. I gave it a 6/10. It had some good comedic moments, but not enough of them. It had some excellent boxing scenes, but a disappointing outcome. And the character study simply failed due to vacant characters. If you like boxing, Harrelson, Banderas or especially Davidovich, you will enjoy this film. Otherwise, enter at your own risk.