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PLAY IT TO THE BONE

 
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At Theaters: 1/14/2000 On Video: 6/13/2000
Rated: R Length: 2 hr. 4 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 119910
Studio: Touchstone Pictures Inc.
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Welterweight boxers Caesar Dominguez and Vince Boudreau get a final shot at boxing's big time. With only a few hours to get to Vegas, they take an unexpectedly circuitous road trip through the sizzling desert with quirky girlfriend Grace Pasic.

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Comedy - Boxing fans will certainly enjoy the brutal, 30-minute bout that serves as the film's climax. However, leading up to the fight, the film is a long, unfunny road comedy; less patient viewers may not find the fight worth the wait. Men will definitely enjoy more than women, and the film is in appropriate for youngsters.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Antonio Banderas DESPERADO, ASSASSINS, EVITA, MASK OF ZORRO
Woody Harrelson MONEY TRAIN, INDECENT PROPOSAL, KINGPIN
Lolita Davidovich JFK, LEAP OF FAITH, INTERSECTION
Lucy Liu PAYBACK
Tom Sizemore SAVING PRIVATE RYAN, THE RELIC
Robert Wagner AUSTIN POWERS: THE SPY WHO SHAGGED ME
Director: Ron Shelton BULL DURHAM, WHITE MEN CAN'T JUMP
Producer: Stephen Chin ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE, SWINGERS, SCREAM
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About the Production
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: Frequent use of strong profanity.
SEX/NUDITY: A long sex scene; some unrelated nudity.
VIOLENCE: One very brutal boxing match.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Frequent alcohol and tobacco use.
ACTION: Lots of boxing action.
COMEDY: Numerous stabs at comedy; some sex humor.
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Below Average
The boxing comedy Play It to the Bone aims to be a pure entertainment vehicle, and for one thirty-minute stretch, it succeeds. The advertising campaign touts a big match between stars Woody Harrelson and Antonio Banderas, and in no way does the film disappoint in that area. Theirs is one helluva fight, expertly staged, edited, and containing more action than perhaps all the pay-per-view boxing events held in the last five years combined. But it is in every other area that this film disappoints--a fact that is made especially more disheartening considering the writer-director at the helm is none other than Ron Shelton, Hollywood's premier cinematic examiner of sports. What it all comes down to is that Play It to the Bone is a boxing movie that is not only not about boxing--it's about absolutely nothing of value at all.

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Based on an Exit Polling of 152 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
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Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
21
Fairly Low
76%
13-19Teens (F)
19
Fairly Low
68%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
22
About 50/50
86%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
20
About 50/50
80%
30+Adults (M)
40
Fairly Low
65%
30+Adults (F)
30
Fairly Low
63%
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D ETAILED S TORYLINE
Woody Harrelson and Antonio Banderas star as best friends and professional boxing rivals Vince Boudreau and Caesar Dominguez, both of whom haven't worked in years. Finally, from out of the blue, they get the chance of a lifetime: an assignment to work together in Vegas. The job promises big money, but there's a hitch: they have to be there NOW. They quickly hit the road with Grace Pasic (Lolita Davidovich) at the wheel, embarking on a circuitous route through the sizzling desert. Sparks fly as the competitive Vince and Caesar antagonize each other to a frenzy matched only by Grace's own combative temper. The going gets rougher when they pick up sultry hitchhiker Lia (Lucy Liu, whose presence throws the trio into further upheaval. A riotous race ensues as Vince and Caesar scramble to make it to Vegas for their big showdown.
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