Grudge Match

January 10th, 2014


Grudge Match

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A pair of aging boxing rivals are coaxed out of retirement to fight one final bout -- 30 years after their last match.

Release Year: 2013

Rating: 7.7/10 (200 voted)

Critic's Score: /100

Director: Peter Segal

Stars: Robert De Niro, Sylvester Stallone, Kim Basinger

A pair of aging boxing rivals are coaxed out of retirement to fight one final bout -- 30 years after their last match.

Writers: Tim Kelleher, Rodney Rothman

Jim Lampley - Himself
Sylvester Stallone - Henry 'Razor' Sharp
Robert De Niro - Billy 'The Kid' McDonnen
Rich Little - Boxing Announcer
Ireland Baldwin - Young Sally (as Ireland Basinger Baldwin)
Anthony Bean - Dante Slate, Sr.
Mason Mackie - Young Dante
Kevin Hart - Dante Slate, Jr.
Barry Primus - Joey the Bartender
Oscar Gale - Shipyard Co-Worker
Frederick Douglas Plunkett Jr. - Walter
BJ Guyer - Jabby the Puppet
Jen Kober - Tough Female Customer
Anthony Anderson - Mr. Sandpaper Hands
Carrie Lazar - Nora

Taglines: DeNiro vs Stallone


Official Website: Warner Bros. [United States]

Country: USA

Language: English

Release Date: 25 December 2013

Filming Locations: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $40,000,000 (estimated)

Technical Specs


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User Review



Grudge Match is the story of two well-aged retired boxers, who happen to hate each other for varying reasons, who get talked into fighting the rematch that was supposed to happen 30 years prior.

I don't think I'm alone in saying that there were some seriously low expectations going into this one, but I must say, there are MANY redeeming qualities about this movie that made it a great watch. The first thing that stands out to me is probably the first thing on everyone's mind - Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro combine to be about 320 years old. Why do we want to watch them fight??? Well, the movie is completely aware of your question, and answers you with this: Because it's FUN. The movie never shies away from how old they are, and plays on it for MANY fun moments. (On Stallone's end, they make more than a couple indirect references to the Rocky movies, with great effect.)

The next thing that stands out? SOLID ACTING. The cast as a whole could have easily phoned this one in, relying on name-power so sell some tickets, but everyone seemed to be all-in with their characters, and give us scene after scene of good comedic interactions. Kevin Hart gives us some great moments, Stallone and DeNiro shine when sharing scenes, Alan Arkin is a pleasure to watch, Kim Basinger is still a fox, and - I'm just going to put this out there - Jon Bernthal is a future star, and he absolutely nails his role. (And the guest appearance of the UFC's Chael Sonnen was some sweet icing on the cake...the camera loves that

It's not all perfect - it runs a bit too long (nearly 2 hours), and it does get pretty cheesy towards the end - but Grudge Match is a fun ride overall. If you're a boxing fan, boxing-movie fan, comedy fan, or a fan of anyone in this movie, don't miss it.

Grudge Match scores a 3.5 out of 5 on the BDBOS.

STAY THROUGH THE CREDITS!!! There's a couple of bonus scenes you'll want to catch.

...I've got the strangest craving for some butterscotch

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