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At Theaters: 5/9/2008 On Video: 8/26/2008
Rated: R Length: 1 hr. 39 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 519961
Studio: Sony Pictures Classics
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A code runs in stark contrast to the demands of the material world, and though Mike continues to teach his students the art of Jiu-Jitsu, he and his wife Sondra are struggling to keep the Academy open and make ends meet. Mike, while concerned about their financial situation, believes everything will work itself out in time. Sondra, who also runs her own fabric business, a business whose funds she has dipped into to help Mike’s school, isn’t so sure.

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Action Drama - Contrary to the advertising, this is more of a drama/thriller than a straight-ahead martial arts picture, which may turn off action crowds. Fans of the more known faces here, such as Tim Allen, may be disappointed by their limited screen time as this is most definitely a vehicle for lead Chiwetel Ejiofor.

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Cast and Crew Heading
Chiwetel Ejiofor AMERICAN GANGSTER, TALK TO ME, SLOW BURN
Emily Mortimer CHAOS THEORY, LARS AND THE REAL GIRL
Alice Braga I AM LEGEND
Tim Allen WILD HOGS, THE SANTA CLAUSE 3, ZOOM
Joe Mantegna WITLESS PROTECTION, LIBERTY HEIGHTS, THINNER
Rodrigo Santoro Behind The Sun
Director: David Mamet SPARTAN, HEIST, STATE AND MAIN
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Production Notes Heading
About The Production
History Of Fight Movies
History Of Mixed Martial Arts
History Of Jiu-Jitsu
Links To Fight Sites
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: Well over 30 F-words, 3 S-words, 3 GD's, a few others.
SEX/NUDITY: None.
VIOLENCE: Martial arts fights with bloodshed.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol and tobacco.
ACTION: Martial arts fights.
COMEDY: None.
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Berardinelli, Internet Critic Full Review
Above Average This is a movie of contradictions. It's neither uninteresting nor unentertaining, but the plot is as threadbare as an old carpet and Mamet's narrative contortions will leave many viewers scratching their heads.

Roger Ebert Full Review
Good If you savor that sort of stuff, and I do, you may like "Redbelt" on its own dubious but seductive terms.

Note: The rating above is our interpretation of what the critic would give this movie based on their review. We are not affiliated with these critic's in any way.

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 35 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (F)
4
High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
6
High
67%
30+Adults (M)
14
High
93%
30+Adults (F)
11
High
100%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

Based on a theater exit polling of 35 moviegoers: (This movie wasn't promoted very well so we weren't able to collect very many reviews.)
TEENS: There were only a few teen females and they enjoyed it very much.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS: There were only a few males in this age group and their reviews are mixed. Almost two-thirds enjoyed "Redbelt" very much rating it "Very Good" or higher. The other third were somewhat disappointed.
ADULTS: Both the male and female reviews are very good, but not quite great. About two-thirds loved "Redbelt" and most of the rest rated it "Good/Average," which is decent. Since virtually no one disliked it I recommend it. (For what it's worth, I was very surprised at how good this movie was.)


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
Set in the west-side of Los Angeles fight world, a world inhabited by bouncers, cage- fighters, cops and special forces types, Redbelt, is the story of Mike Terry (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a Jiu-Jitsu teacher who has avoided the prize fighting circuit, choosing instead to pursue an honorable life by operating a self-defense studio with a samurai's code.

Terry and his wife Sondra (Alice Braga), struggle to keep the business running to make ends meet. An accident on a dark, rainy night at the Academy between an off duty officer (Max Martini) and a distraught lawyer (Emily Mortimer) puts in motion a series of events that will change Terry's life dramatically introducing him to a world of promoters (Ricky Jay, Joe Mantegna) and movie star Chet Frank (Tim Allen). Faced with this, in order to pay off his debts and regain his honor, Terry must step into the ring for the first time in his life.

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