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Hollywood heavyweights Woody Harrelson and Antonio Banderas bring real comedic punch to this hilarious, action-packed hit! Best buddies and sparring partners, Vince (Harrelson) and Cesar (Banderas) are a pair of worn-out, over-the-hill prizefighters who jump at one last, unexpected chance to work in the big time. They just have to be in Las Vegas now! So before they know what's hit them, they're on the road! But when they step into the ring that night, friendship is replaced by fierce competition as Vince and Cesar tangle in a dramatic fight to the finish -- where only the winner will earn a shot at the title! With sexy Lolita Davidovich (MYSTERY, ALASKA) and sultry Lucy Liu (CHARLIE'S ANGELS) along to liven up the ride, you won't want to miss any of the knockout entertainment that powers this whirlwind comedy adventure!

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Best friends Vince (Woody Harrelson) and Cesar (Antonio Banderas) are both down-on-their-luck boxers who've suddenly been given a highly visible fight and a promised shot at the middleweight title--only they're fighting each other. With Grace (Lolita Davidovich), Cesar's current girlfriend and Vince's ex, they drive to Las Vegas. Unsurprisingly, the trip opens up hidden resentments, regrets, and mistakes from the past. What's more surprising is how meandering and shapeless Play It to the Bone is; writer-director Ron Shelton is responsible for such charming and sprightly sports films as Bull Durham, White Men Can't Jump, and Tin Cup, but boxing doesn't seem to have inspired him. The actual boxing match does achieve a kind of brutal energy, though it's curiously filled with gratuitous hallucinations of female nudity. Still, Harrelson and Banderas have a nice rapport, and in their best moments they just yammer at each other, not exactly listening but still communing in a kind of rhythmic groove. Also featuring Lucy Liu from TV's Ally McBeal and dozens of famous cameos at ringside during the bout. --Bret Fetzer

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  • Actors: Woody Harrelson, Antonio Banderas, Lolita Davidovich, Tom Sizemore, Lucy Liu
  • Directors: Ron Shelton
  • Writers: Ron Shelton
  • Producers: David V. Lester, Kellie Davis, Stephen Chin
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Walt Disney Video
  • DVD Release Date: June 13, 2000
  • Run Time: 124 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305874948
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,778 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Play it to the Bone" on IMDb

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By "flickjunkie" on July 10, 2000
Format: DVD
`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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rick Galati on August 7, 2004
Format: DVD
This film has been knocked down more times than Dominguez and Boudreau in the climatic final fight scene. Sure the story was a bit uneven, but I still liked this quirky buddy/road trip movie for its unexpected and offbeat take that includes a seamier side of professional boxing. Antonio Banderas and Woody Harrelson are likeable stars and I thought they played off each other very well. While Harrelson is known to shift effortlessly from dramatic to comedic roles and back again, this was the first time I saw a lighter, more humorous side of Banderas and I thought he acquitted himself very well. Talented and sexy Lolita Davidovich as their street smart and savvy love interest was as much a welcomed casting choice as Lucy Liu's was a total waste of time other than being the object of Harrelson's vivid backseat description of her femininity prior to a hilarious if impromptu and primitive tryst. A host of cameo appearances fill out the rest of the card. Don't bring high expectations to the match and you won't be unduly disappointed, and you just may be mildly entertained for 2 hours.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 25, 2000
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This slow moving movie, at least the first two thirds makes one want to hit the stop button and put another disk in the player. Even though the lead parts are decently acted they cannot sustain a screen play that is saturated with high school, crude, gratuitous humor. It tells the story of two down and out fighters who get a last minute chance to fight on the undercard of a heavyweight fight that is being televised world wide.
Harrelson and Bandaras overplay their roles, the best performance comes from the sexy Lolita Davidovitch. She carries this weak theme with a long car ride from LA to Vegas. An unbearably long ride. For some odd reason there is a homophobic theme throughout. The Asian woman that is picked up along the way is a silly, meaningless part, especially when she ends up in a very absurd sex scene with Harrelson.
The fight scenes are well done but the bloody parts reek of ketchup and look phoney as is the imagery. The ending is predictable. A lot of talented people put this movie together but it does not succeed.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Curtis J. George on December 31, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
The fight scenes in this moive were very good but the lack of action and the boring drive to the fight made this film not as good as it could have been. Boxing fans will recognize lots of big named extras at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, where the big fight scene takes palce. I enjoyed the soundtrack very much too.
This movie was a good rental but nothing you would want to watch a second time or own.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gus Mauro on September 5, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
Antonio Banderas & Woody Harelson Play well against one another in a very funny and poignent film about friendship and the competive nature of professinal Boxing. Ceaser and Vince are two down on their luck prizefighters who get a chance of a lifetime to win $100.00 dollers in a highly publiced match problem is its agasint one another. True friendship is tested when their on the road together. Great lines delivered from Banderas & Harrelson, these two are cast well in their roles. The Director Ron Shelton who made sport-comedies in the past has scored again with 'PLAY IT TO THE BONE' And it was much more funnier than TIN CUP Back in 1996.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rock on June 19, 2000
Format: DVD
..."What happened?" I mean, this is the man that gave us "White Men Can't Jump" and "Bull Durham." The ending was ludicrous. Shelton isn't known for taking the easy way out in his movies. Still, it's worth 3 stars: one apiece for Lolita Davidovich and Lucy Liu, and one for the spectacular camera work in the fight between Harrelson and Banderas.
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