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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Grudge Match

Grudge Match
-30 years ago, Henry "Razor" Sharp and Billy "The Kid" McDonnen were boxing rivals. Just before a huge match, Razor decides to retire because Billy slept with his girlfriend, Sally Rose and got her pregnant. Fast forward to modern day. Boxing promoter Dante Slate wants to have them fight each other, but Razor refuses. However, when he loses his job and learns he's broke, boxing looks like his only choice. So he looks up his old trainer and starts training. Meanwhile, Billy starts training and meets BJ, the son he had with Sally Rose and he asks BJ to start training him

-Sylvester Stallone: Henry "Razor" Sharp
-Robert De Niro: Billy "The Kid" McDonnen
-Rich Little: Boxing Announcer
-Ireland Baldwin: Young Sally Rose
-Anthony Bean: Dante Slate Sr.
-Mason Mackie: Young Dante
-Kevin Hart: Dante Slate Jr.
-Alan Arkin: Louis "Lightning" Conlon
-Kim Basinger: Sally
-Jon Bernthal: BJ

Did You Know?
-Here's a case of define irony. In the movie, the winner is Razor, most likely due to the popularity of the Rocky series and having a slightly larger following than Raging Bull. Whereas Robert De Niro won the Oscar for Best Actor while Sylvester Stallone did not
-This is the first movie where Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro have reunited since 1997's Cop Land
-During one of the training scenes, Razor is seen getting ready to punch raw meat that is hanging up. Lightning tells him not to do so since it's unsanitary. This is a nod to a scene in Rocky where he punches raw meat hanging up and doesn't care if it's unsanitary
-In one of the scenes where Robert De Niro is training, a poster for Rocky can be seen hanging on the wall
-In one scene, Razor is seen training at an auto junk yard, towing a semi truck called Road Hawk. This is a reference to the 1987 film Over the Top, where Sylvester Stallone played a semi truck driver named Lincoln Hawk
-Although most would consider this a movie by Sylvester Stallone, it's actually more of a Robert De Niro project. He had to talk Stallone into doing it, since Stallone didn't want to parody Rocky. He was taking a break from action roles and didn't work out

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