Peaceful Warrior

Peaceful Warrior

5.0 7
Director: Victor Salva

Cast: Scott Mechlowicz, Nick Nolte, Amy Smart


Jeepers Creepers director Victor Salva takes a break from the horror to offer an inspirational tale about the remarkable power of the human spirit as the pages of Dan Millman's best-selling autobiographical novel come to life onscreen in this life-affirming filmSee more details below

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Jeepers Creepers director Victor Salva takes a break from the horror to offer an inspirational tale about the remarkable power of the human spirit as the pages of Dan Millman's best-selling autobiographical novel come to life onscreen in this life-affirming film starring Nick Nolte, Scott Mechlowicz, and Amy Smart. A talented college gymnast with serious Olympic aspirations, Dan Millman (Mechlowicz) leads a charmed life of first-place trophies, fast girls, and rowdy parties until a career-threatening injury and a chance meeting with a mysterious stranger named Socrates (Nolte) show him how little he truly knows about living. In the months that follow his tragic injury, both Socrates and elusive beauty Joy (Smart) impart to the growing young man the wisdom that he needs to leave the past behind and follow the path of destiny and fulfill his transformation into the peaceful warrior.

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You wouldn't guess from the title that Peaceful Warrior is about a gymnast. However, you might guess it's about a journey toward self-actualization that's heavily influenced by eastern philosophy. The film shares many elements with an inspirational sports story like The Karate Kid, with Nick Nolte in the Mr. Miyagi role and Scott Mechlowicz playing Daniel-sahn -- his character's name is actually Dan, and Nolte actually subjects him to scrubbing toilets and other menial tasks, in Mr. Miyagi's "wax on, wax off" school of mental discipline. What Peaceful Warrior doesn't have is The Karate Kid's heart. The key to a movie like this is that you have to like the main character. He may be flawed in his approach to his goals, but he's essentially a good guy. Not so with Dan Millman, who's kind of a prick. He's an Olympics-or-bust hopeful who doesn't seem to care which friends he sabotages on his way to that dream. Naturally, he learns something over the course of his exposure to his eternally wise mentor, but his outlook on the world doesn't shift as radically as the film thinks it does. Millman never seems worthy of the attention of Nolte's character (whom he dubs "Socrates"), especially since one of Socrates' defining traits is his devotion to noble purposes. This is not to say Victor Salva's film is without its charms. The filmmaking showcases plenty of mature narrative technique, and it's actually funny in the moments when it isn't taking itself too seriously. Ultimately, if Peaceful Warrior is worth seeing, it's because of Nolte, who was born to play a grizzled gas station attendant with lightning-quick reflexes and a total awareness of self. The charming Amy Smart, however, is wasted in a secondary role that could have easily been written out of the script.

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Universal Studios
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Special Features

Deleted scenes; The journey: Meet the cast and crew who brought this inspiring film to life; Developing Your warrior: Discover the widespread impact of the book and movie!; Book to screen: Select a passage from the book and then watch it come to life on-screen!; Music video: Michelle Featherstone's "I'm There Too"

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Scott Mechlowicz Dan Millman
Nick Nolte Socrates
Amy Smart Joy
Tim DeKay Coach Garrick
Ashton Holmes Tommy
Paul Wesley Trevor
B.J. Britt Kyle
Agnes Bruckner Susie
Tom Tarantini Thug With Gun
Beatrice Rosen Dory
Ray Wise Doctor Hayden
Scott Caudill Thug One
Matthew Prater Thug Two
Bart Connor As Himself
Jim Bradley Commentator One
Dan Millman Man in Car
Steve Talley Young Garage Man
Tom Costello Dan's Neighbor
Karen Landry Patricia Millman
Rob Moran Dan Millman Sr.
Chad Nadolski Medic
Neil Furuno Gymnast One
Charles Grisham Bar Patron #1
Tyler Vogt Bar Patron #2
Paul Wasilewski Trevor Scott

Technical Credits
Victor Salva Director
Mark Amin Producer
Michael Amin Associate Producer
Michael Ashe Stunts
Kevin Bernhardt Screenwriter
Amelia Buhrman Costumes/Costume Designer
Ray Camp Set Decoration/Design
Bernt Amadeus Capra Production Designer
Alex Chansky Stunts
Brycen Counts Stunts
Sylvain D'Hautcourt Camera Operator
Anthony DiPietro Screenwriter
Bob Dolman Screenwriter
Lamont Dupont Associate Producer
Tom Elliott Stunts
Mike Elliott Executive Producer
Hossein Fateh Associate Producer
Jim Foody Stunts
Joseph P. Genier Co-producer
Mark Hansson Asst. Director
Anthony Hardwick Camera Operator
Oliver Hengst Executive Producer
Brigitte Hennech Makeup
Joel C. High Musical Direction/Supervision
Kanin Howell Stunts
Bill Johnson Executive Producer
Paul Lane Stunts
Ed Marx Editor
Stephan McCain Stunts
Sharone Meir Cinematographer
Lynette Meyer Costumes/Costume Designer
Robert Meyers Animator
Steven A. Morrow Sound/Sound Designer
Michael Mullane Sound Editor
Mousa Namvar Associate Producer
Marshall Nelson Stunts
Gloria O'Brien Stunts
Darren Prescott Stunts
Andy Reimer Executive Producer
Shalimar Reodica Casting
Bennett Salvay Score Composer
Ernst August Schneider Executive Producer
Robin Schorr Producer
Jim Seibel Executive Producer
Tofigh Shirazi Associate Producer
James Tolins Stunts
Greg Townley Sound Mixer
Tony Tremblay Art Director
Alexis Walker Makeup
David Welch Producer
David A. Welch Producer
Cami Winikoff Producer
Keith Woulard Stunts

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Peaceful Warrior
1. Just a Dream (Main Titles) [4:52]
2. Getting Some Air [2:34]
3. Impossible [3:04]
4. Tell Me How You Did It [4:00]
5. Old News [3:04]
6. A Real Warrior [7:55]
7. Bad Fall [4:57]
8. Take Out the Trash [6:56]
9. View From Above [7:20]
10. Intense Training [8:14]
11. Shattered [4:19]
12. The Healing Power of Touch [6:34]
13. Letting Go [6:19]
14. Insight Worth Sharing [6:53]
15. Responsible for Your Actions [7:03]
16. A Higher Purpose [3:04]
17. Olympic Committee Petition [10:46]
18. The Journey [8:23]
19. Here in This Moment [8:11]
20. End Titles [6:06]

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