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Tough Enough

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Dennis Quaid stars as Art Long, a Fort Worth tree trimmer by day and struggling Country singer by night. But when he enters a local Toughman Contest, he discovers that he may have a knack for knockouts. Now with the help of his street-smart corner man (Stan Shaw of SNAKE EYES) and a crafty promoter (Warren Oates in his final film role), Art is headed to the National Finals in Detroit where all he’ll have to do is beat up five guys in one night on national television to win $100,000, a recording contract, and the title of Toughest Man In America. Even if Art is crazy enough to try, will he be tough enough to win it all? Pam Grier and Wilford Brimley co-star in this wild action-comedy directed by Oscar® winner Richard Fleischer (TORA! TORA! TORA!, CONAN THE DESTROYER) and featuring songs by T.G. Sheppard, Mickey Gilley and Dennis Quaid.

DVD Features: Original Production Art,Theatrical Trailer


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  • Theatrical Trailer

Product Details

  • Actors: Wilford Brimley, Eli Cummins, Pam Grier, Big John Hamilton, Rodger Kieschnick
  • Directors: Richard Fleischer
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: November 7, 2006
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000GIXCB0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #237,425 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Siriam on June 25, 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I bought this as a fan of Warren Oates whose last film this is. Based it seems on a real annual national amateur boxing contest, the film's story is pretty predictable. With enough scams and manipulation by the sharp witted competition promoter (Oates as ever watchable) and disappointments for the various contestants to keep the story rolling it is a pretty easy on the eye and mind. Dennis Quaid in an early major role is not very convincing and the script despite some attempts to break out of the "poor boy makes good" main theme by reference to racist aspects of the competition (cue Pam Grier) and struggles of an aspiring country singer forced to turn to boxing for the money) really does not progress much beyond standard B movie/TV film fare.

Watchable but not exceptional.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Barry H. Marsh on April 28, 2010
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Dennis Quaid is always excellent and in this movie early in his carreer he is superb. The plot is predictable but good action.
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"Tough Enough" (Anchor Bay Entertainment DV-24390 being the DVD edition viewed) wins on two principal counts -- and somebody should point this out, even if I have to be the one: Dennis Quaid puts up a game fight, very convincingly, and he also sings wonderfully well! His role, after all, is that of a country-western singer who enters into amateur boxing competition in order to gain the reward money to fund his musical career and home life. Dennis Quaid is not known much for his musical ability, but it surely is on display in this movie.

Of the music which Quaid himself sings (others taking some of the remaining songs), he does all of it exceedingly well. His phrasing and his breath control are those of a born vocalist of an high order and the sound of his voice is very pleasing to the ear. Given how many male country music performers of renown (though certainly not the very best of them) huff-and-puff and/or bluff their way, with dodgy intonation and shortness of breath, through what they perform, Dennis Quaid's achievement is all the more remarkable.

The film has a lot of grit and soul, and there is humour, too, with that winsome grin of Dennis Quaid welcomely present when he shows it. I obtained this film at the behest of somebody else and never would have expected to like it so much as I do, since I am not much of a sports enthusiast. This film has taken me by surprise and it just may do the same for other potential viewers as well.
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By M. Johnson on December 25, 2014
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This is a great movie! It proves that no matter what type of corruption and deception surrounds you, you can still retain your own integrity and be your own man. I'm not a huge Dennis Quaid fan, but I am a fan of his character in this movie.
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By Bartok Kinski on October 16, 2014
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Dimwitted film seems like it might just be watchable but it is so uneven and idiotic that you can't really believe that a man like Dennis Quaid has all the pugilistic ability to overcome the tough competition.
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By Michael Hall on February 22, 2015
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A real good feel movie ,letting young people know ,follow your dreams and dont quit ,ever.
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By Linda Paquette on June 13, 2015
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I had seen it before and loved it it is a movie I will play again and again
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Just as described by seller. Great deal!
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