The Opponent

Overview

A woman finds a whole new world opens up to her when she learns to stand up to the man who beats her in this independent drama. Patty (Erika Eleniak) is a woman involved in an abusive relationship who decides to take boxing lessons to better protect herself when her boyfriend becomes violent. While practicing at a health club, Patty attracts the attention of June (Aunjanue Ellis) and Fred (John Doman); she's a female boxer and he's a promoter who books fights at local clubs. Both June and Fred think Patty might ...
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Overview

A woman finds a whole new world opens up to her when she learns to stand up to the man who beats her in this independent drama. Patty (Erika Eleniak) is a woman involved in an abusive relationship who decides to take boxing lessons to better protect herself when her boyfriend becomes violent. While practicing at a health club, Patty attracts the attention of June (Aunjanue Ellis) and Fred (John Doman); she's a female boxer and he's a promoter who books fights at local clubs. Both June and Fred think Patty might have what it takes to go pro, and they introduce her to Tommy (James Colby), a trainer who runs a local gym and who helps Patty get into fighting shape. In June, Patty finds a friend who gives her a good reason to get away from her boyfriend, and she begins a slow but steady climb up the ladder of the women's boxing circuit. The Opponent was the first feature for writer and director Eugene Jarecki.
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Special Features

Widescreen; Stereo; Trailer; Scene access; Interactive menus; English & spanish subtitles
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Editorial Reviews

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Former Playboy Playmate and Baywatch babe Erika Eleniak drops her blonde bimbo routine for a stab at real acting, and she's very convincing, holding her own with theatrically trained James Colby. Debuting director Eugene Jarecki, who has a comfortable, pretense-free artful style, tries to minimize the obvious parallels to the original Rocky and it works, for the most part. The Opponent works best as a melodrama since the action sequences -- particularly the boxing matches -- reveal their budgetary limitations. Luckily, Jarecki's grainy, somewhat rough-hewn style conveys the grittiness of the story. The film's emotional content overcomes whatever problems there are, at least for the patient, forgiving viewer. This is a small, nifty indie showcasing a lot of promising talent, both in front of and behind the camera.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/29/2002
  • UPC: 031398782025
  • Original Release: 2000
  • Rating:

  • Source: Lions Gate
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Stereo
  • Sound: stereo
  • Time: 1:30:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 48,385

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Erika Eleniak
James Colby Tommy
Aunjanue Ellis
John Doman
Harry O'Reilly
Kyle Thrash Billy
Technical Credits
Joe Di Gennaro Cinematographer
Vytas Nagisetty Score Composer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selection
1. French Toast [4:31]
2. 2 Knockouts [2:41]
3. Goodnight [3:00]
4. Sleepover [2:42]
5. Angels [5:18]
6. First Circuit [5:14]
7. Defense [3:22]
8. Footwork [2:39]
9. A Reason [3:57]
10. You Pay, You Play [3:18]
11. Exhibition [3:51]
12. Still Green [3:45]
13. Am I a Fighter? [2:52]
14. Lucky [4:27]
15. Out of Control [2:48]
16. Stories [3:57]
17. Not Like That [3:22]
18. Professional [5:42]
19. In the Ring [3:05]
20. The Towel [5:53]
21. Understand [2:54]
22. Moving On [4:37]
23. No More Fighting [3:25]
24. End Credits [3:02]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Feature
   Set-Up
      Spanish Subtitles
      English Subtitles
   Lions Gate Home Entertainment
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