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  • Actors: Dominiquie Vandenberg, Steven Bauer, Fernando Carrillo, Stephen Graham, Stana Katic
  • Directors: Jesse V. Johnson
  • Writers: Jesse V. Johnson
  • Producers: Allison Andrade, Ari Palitz, Charles Arthur Berg, Gareth West, Gary Michael Walters
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: June 7, 2005
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007ZEO6Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,666 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Pit Fighter" on IMDb

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  • Includes widescreen anamorphic and full-screen versions

Editorial Reviews

Gripped by civil war and crime, San Cristobel de Las Casas is a hotbed of turmoil and unrest. The top betting sport is pit fighting, a bloody, ruthless and sometimes deadly game that matches man against man in a fight to submission. The local champion is a gringo known only as The Father – due to his stoic temperament and penchant for wearing black. For five years The Father has been competing, with no memory of anything prior. Events reunite The Father with Marianne. He painfully pieces the fractured memories of his life together through the shadowy characters who knew him in his past and realizes there is only one-way to win redemption, atoning for the sins of a life he doesn’t remember. The Father must destroy those who created him.

Customer Reviews

For me it's worth, but without being her fan pick another movie.
halaciHU
The plot kind of drags and I can't imagine anyone in the world wanting to care about the characters.
KDA
Like ONG BAK and UNLEASHED, it emphasizes real martial arts combat with a hard edge.
mr. snrub

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By KDA on June 13, 2005
Format: DVD
PIT FIGHTER was done on a very low budget, but director Jesse Johnson manages to work with what he has to make it seem like more. If you are familiar with his previous movie, THE HONORABLE, well this is light years ahead of it in video/audio quality. I mean its still not Grade A Studio, but the picture is decent, and the audio is even better.

Jesse recruited the same main character he used in THE HONORABLE, Dominique Vandenberg to play a pit fighter with amnesia down in Mexico. Vandenberg has no life at all in his acting and when he speaks...well, lets just say his next role should require him to be a mute.

What Jesse and Vandenberg do well is the pit fighting scenes. I don't think it is humanly possible to take some of the beatings that is delivered, but being a movie...it is rather exciting to watch. Don't expect wire work...this is just mono to mono. Due to the popular movie Ong Bak...I think more movies are going in this direction with their fight scenes and finally getting out of the Superhero/Matrix realm.

The fight scenes are really capturing to watch, and there is quite a bit of them, but what really makes this fall below 3 stars is the plot and the last 10 minutes. The plot kind of drags and I can't imagine anyone in the world wanting to care about the characters. But that is nothing compared to how Jesse really destroyed this movie with the ending.

SPOILER::: It is in all out gun blazing battle at the O.K. Coralle and it is more fake than all three Rambo movies. Vandenberg is literally surrounded by men with automatics from about 20 feet away and they can't hit him; yet Vandenberg is picking them off one by one over 10 minutes...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By halaciHU on July 22, 2011
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No lies - I bought it solely because of Stana Katic, to complete my collection. Not even because of her acting as I'm sure that this is not the movie she is proud of. For me it's worth, but without being her fan pick another movie.
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I am a fan of film star Stana Katic and a follower of her career from its early days before she reached the safe harbor and "social
acceptance" of becoming Lieutenant Kate Beckett, NYPD, in the TV series "Castle." There were some kinky roles in some kinky films that came her way. "Pit Fighter" in its cast list announces the "debut" of Stana Katic, and it's the debut of a young woman not much on the screen, a youngster gaining experience in the craft of movie acting. The star of the film is Dominique, a professional "pit fighter," a no-holds, anything-goes popular betting "sport" in some unnamed Central American lower class world. He barely speaks, but we learn he treasures the memory of a beaury (Stana) with whom he shared a life and a love before some break-up. She reappears as part of a fight-fixing gang, and persuades the fighter to throw a fight, make money for himself and her associates, and perhaps reignite the flame of their love. But he reneges
and wins the fight, bringing the wrath of local mobsters. In a long, lively, noisy, blood-bath of a battle involving machine guns and swords, he destroys most of the mobsters, assuring the escape of Stana with all the money (she's going to give it to charity, of course!).
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By mr. snrub on February 2, 2006
Format: DVD
PIT FIGHTER is a movie that lives up to it's title. Like ONG BAK and UNLEASHED, it emphasizes real martial arts combat with a hard edge. Given that it's a direct-to-DVD movie with a small ($500,000) budget, this is a great achievement indeed.

In PIT FIGHTER, Jack (Dominique Vandenberg)is a man with no past. For reasons he is unaware of, he has survived a near-fatal bullet to the brain, which has completely blasted his memory away with it, and leaving him stranded in a small town in Southern Mexico. With no money and no identity, Jack befriends Manolo (Steven Bauer, of SCARFACE) and soon discovers he is a martial arts expert, and gets involved in the sport of Pit Fighting, one of those absolutely-no-rules martial arts fight clubs, and after dominating as the reaigning champion for the last five years, he sees a woman he hasn't seen in five years. His past begins to return to him, and, after being baptized as a Catholic and trying to reconcile himself with God, he realizes, "I may not have been the best of men."

Belgian-born Dominique Vandenberg is no stranger to martial arts. A former legionairre, he has been training since the age of four, in everything from Muay Thai and Judo to Krav Maga and Kyokushinkai Karate. He is known for thraining Leonardo DiCaprio in knife-fighting for GANGS OF NEW YORK, but by far, hi most noted pre-PIT FIGHTER role was as the fighter who gets frozen by Sub-Zero in MORTAL KOMBAT.

Dom brings a suitably hard-edge to PIT FIGHTER. His kicking ability is fantastic, and the sight of his agile, quick hands in motion is nothing short of jaw-dropping. His many opponents range from challenging to push-overs. Dom's first match in th Pit along with his two matches against Andre 'Chyna' McCoy, who doubled for Lurence Fishburne in THE MTRIX, are the best.

If you like brutal but beautiful martial arts choreography, PIT FIGHTER is right up your alley.
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