Undisputed

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Overview

Director and screenwriter Walter Hill returns to one of his favorite themes -- desperate and violent men using force to escape from an unforgiving environment -- in this action drama set behind bars. Monroe Hutchen Wesley Snipes was once a promising heavyweight contender until he was convicted of murder and sentenced to life without parole at the Sweetwater maximum security prison in California. Now, Hutchen boxes behind bars, and he's become the champion of a loosely organized prison fighting circuit. When ...
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Overview

Director and screenwriter Walter Hill returns to one of his favorite themes -- desperate and violent men using force to escape from an unforgiving environment -- in this action drama set behind bars. Monroe Hutchen Wesley Snipes was once a promising heavyweight contender until he was convicted of murder and sentenced to life without parole at the Sweetwater maximum security prison in California. Now, Hutchen boxes behind bars, and he's become the champion of a loosely organized prison fighting circuit. When heavyweight champion James "Iceman" Chambers Ving Rhames enters Sweetwater after being convicted of rape, Hutchens finds the serious competitor in the same lockup for the first time, though Chambers scoffs at the jailhouse champ. After Hutchens challenges the arrogant Chambers to a bout, aging mafioso Emmanuel "Mendy" Ripstein Peter Falk swings a deal that will earn Chambers an early release from prison and pull in a million dollars in bets from guards and inmates if the two men will meet in the ring for a last-man-standing bout without referees. Undisputed also features Michael Rooker, Fisher Stevens, rapper Master P, and former Yo! MTV Raps host Ed Lover.
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Editorial Reviews

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Undisputed might be a "guy's movie" but that doesn't mean it is throwaway genre fare. For one thing, it benefits from the presence of Walter Hill, one of the best action directors to emerge from the New Hollywood era of the 1970's, in the director's chair. He cowrote the script with longtime collaborator David Giler and the two mix the prison-movie and boxing-movie genres to strong effect, also using the showbiz background of the Iceman Chambers character to provide some barbed commentary on the nature of celebrity and the growing tabloid-ish nature of mainstream media outlets. The two also set up their involved storyline with great skill, including a savvy opening sequence that is model of how to deliver a lot of exposition in a stylish and artful way. Hill directs the film with A-movie style, giving it a stark look and staging/editing the action with surgical precision (the final boxing match takes up most of the third act and is visceral enough to leave the viewer winded). Finally, there are strong performances from Ving Rhames and Wesley Snipes as the film's main combatants: Rhames is very good at showing the subtle smarts under his character's blustery exterior while Snipes creates a introspective, intellectual "Zen tough-guy" who believably maintains control in the most dire circumstances. In short, Undisputed is a crafty example of modern action fare that delivers the goods with wit and intelligence.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/15/2011
  • UPC: 031398135241
  • Original Release: 2002
  • Source: Miramax Lionsgate
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Language: English
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 26,719

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ving Rhames James "Iceman" Chambers
Wesley Snipes Monroe Hutchens
Peter Falk Emmanuel "Mendy" Ripstein
Michael Rooker
Jon Seda
Wes Studi Mingo Pace
Fisher Stevens Ratbag Dolan
Dayton Callie Yank Lewis
Amy Aquino Darlene Early
Johnny Williams Al
Joe D'Angerio Vinnie
Nils Allen Stewart Vern Van Zandt
Denis Arndt Warden Lipscom
Rose Rollins Tawnee Rawlins
Jim Lampley
Master P
George Christy
Maureen O'Boyle
Ed Lover
James N. Toney
Technical Credits
Walter Hill Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Lloyd Ahern Jr. Cinematographer
Lloyd Ahern Jr. Cinematographer
Alice Baker Set Decoration/Design
Reuben Cannon Casting
Maria Rebman Caso Production Designer
Stanley Clarke Score Composer
Boaz Davidson Executive Producer
Freeman Davies Jr. Editor
Danny Dimbort Executive Producer
Jason Frankel Executive Producer
David Giler Producer, Screenwriter
Jacob Goldstein Sound/Sound Designer
Anthony Hartman Associate Producer
Jim Hensz Asst. Director
Barbara Inglehart Costumes/Costume Designer
Brad Krevoy Producer
Avi Lerner Executive Producer
Ashley Miller Musical Direction/Supervision
Sandra Schulberg Executive Producer
David Schulhof Musical Direction/Supervision
Trevor Short Executive Producer
Wesley Snipes Executive Producer
Andrew Sugerman Producer
John Thompson Executive Producer
Rudolf Wiesmeier Executive Producer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Credits: "Monroe Wins Again!"
2. The Champ's Ride to Sweetwater
3. Engaging the Iceman
4. "The Real Big Deal"
5. One Punch
6. "In the End, Everybody Gets Beat"
7. Good Behavior?
8. Fighting for Respect
9. Staging the Fight
10. Rules of the Ring
11. "How Things Get Done"
12. Keeping It Clean
13. "The Brawl for It All"
14. "The Iceman Is Down!"
15. "A Great Thing of Beauty"
16. Prison Fairytales
17. End Credits
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Captions
      English for the Hearing Impaired
      None
   Special Features
      A Conversation With Ving Rhames
      A Conversation With Wesley Snipes
   Scene Selection
   Sneak Peeks
      Pulp Fiction
      Jackie Brown
      Swingers
      The Grifters
      Gangs of New York
      Dimension Cutting Edge Films
   Play Movie
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