FIGHT FILMS: GRUGE MATCH!
Grudge Match stars
award-winning movie legends Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro as old boxing
rivals who come out of retirement for one final match.
In Grudge Match,
De Niro and Stallone play Billy The Kid
McDonnen and Henry Razor Sharp, two
local Pittsburgh fighters whose fierce rivalry put them in the national spotlight.
Each had scored a victory against the other during their heyday, but in 1983,
on the eve of their decisive third match, Razor suddenly announced his
retirement, refusing to explain why but effectively delivering a knock-out
punch to both their careers. Thirty years later, boxing promoter Dante Slate
Jr., seeing big dollar signs, makes them an offer they can’t refuse: to
re-enter the ring and settle the score once and for all.
But they may not have to wait that long: on their first
encounter in decades, their long-festering feud erupts into an unintentionally
hilarious melee that instantly goes viral. The sudden social media frenzy
transforms their local grudge match into a must-see HBO event. Now, if they can
just survive the training, they may actually live to fight again.
The film also stars Kevin Hart as Dante Slate Jr.; Alan
Arkin as Razor’s former trainer, Louis Lightning
Conlon, who gets to put Razor through his paces again; and Kim Basinger as
Sally Rose, who was once the love of Razor’s life. Rounding out the cast are
Jon Bernthal as BJ, who becomes The Kid’s instinctive but untested trainer; and
young film newcomer Camden Gray.
Peter Segal directs from a screenplay by Tim Kelleher and
Rodney Rothman, story by Tim Kelleher.