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  • Actors: Nick Nolte, Amy Smart
  • Directors: Victor Salva
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Platform Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 21 April 2008
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (137 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0013UO8L8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,535 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Dan Millman (Scott Melchowiz) is a talented, yet arrogant college gymnast who seems to have it all. He gets good grades, has disposable relationships and is trying out for the Olympics. But he still wakes up in cold sweats at night. His world is turned upside down after he meets a mysterious stranger he refers to as Socrates (Nick Nolte). Socrates seems to hold the power to tap into new worlds of strength and understanding and becomes Dan s mentor guiding him through various avenues of his life.

Dan suffers from a serious injury, and with the help of Socrates and a mysterious young woman (Amy Smart), he grows to realize that strength of spirit is what leads a man to his true greatness. He learns that he has to let go of the person he thought he was and start living in the moment by appreciating the journey and accepting his lack of control over the future.

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I don't say that lightly! I found this a deeply moving film and a deeply thought provoking one. Dan Millman is a prolific writer of self-help books (none of which I've read - yet). This film is based on his life as an ego-driven young gymnast (played in the film by Scott Melchowitz) who is striving for a gold medal. He meets a mysterious and enigmatic man he calls Socrates (Nick Nolte) who seems to have knowledge of super-powers, that Dan figures could help him win his gold medal. Dan then suffers a serious accident to his leg, and begins his journey as he discovers that true greatness is about strength of spirit.
When I sat down to watch it, I was waiting to see the same old same old 'boy overcomes adversity' tale, but I was instantly drawn into this beautiful film, and I didn't take my eyes off it until it ended. I laughed out loud, and I cried, and I was left with a strong message that has stayed with me and really has made me think differently.
The joy of the film is the unfolding of young Dan's story, and the viewer learning alongside him. The acting is superb, the film quality is high, and although it's a film dealing with matters of the spirit, it's not at all lightweight or sickly, as this kind of film can be. Oh, and no moral finger-pointing either!
I both enjoyed this film and learned a lot from it, and I would unhesitatingly recommend it very strongly to anyone who wants to learn something about themselves and how we can be blinded by our need to prove ourselves.
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Danny is an ambitious gymnast who is selfishly driven towards Olympic gold. Little really matters to him apart from what he wants for himself out of life. Then one night when he has trouble sleeping, he goes for a walk and encounters a stranger working at a service station. He continues to have hallucinations about this man, whom he calls Socrates, and is drawn back to him like a magnet.
Here he learns that the path to success is within oneself, and that the "garbage"in his head should be cleared out allowing a more spiritual path to be taken. After a motor-bike accident, Danny is told that his career is over and his hopes are dashed, but with the aid of Socrates and a young woman, Joy, he works his way back to fitness and from desperation to success.
It is a dark film, which was rather lost on me, but nevertheless was interesting viewing. I daresay it might appeal more to an American audience, but is inspirational. Certainly worth watching in quiet moments, and no doubt repeated viewings would plant seeds in even a stoney mind like mine. Perhaps in younger days, I should have benefited from the philosophy contained herein.
An unusual role for Nick Nolte, contrasting with his usual tough guy image, and I thought he carried it off beatifully. I did not recognise anyone else in the cast.
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This is the film I am currently passing onto everyone I know, friends, colleagues and clients. Nick Nolte is superb as Socrates and almost every line that comes out of his mouth is a philosophical sound bite. A fabulous and inspiring film to get you thinking about being fully present in your life. "Take out the trash" of your mind and realise your full potential. And if you don't well up with tears at the closing scene you are an alien life force incapable of emotion.
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I didn't know anything about this film when I watched it, and was unaware that it was based on a popular self-help book. I'm glad I didn't, as I think that might have put me off.

As it was I found it both absorbing in it's tempo and 'message' - I'm a bit of a sucker for the old Zen line. But it was also well acted and beautifully shot - the slow motion scenes of Dan's gymnastics, for instance, were just superb.
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By Ms. J. M. on 15 Sept. 2009
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A very good film. Very insightful and to truely get you to slow down to see things in life we miss all the time.
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The film is an adaptation of a book by the same name that tells the story of an athlete who becomes a decent human being with the help of those around him as he tries to recover from an accident. Nolte plays a mysterious life-coach type character that points the young man away from arrogance and self-pity to what can be considered enlightenment.

This struck me as one of those slow-burner films that can sometimes surprise in the face of blockbusters at the box office. The film avoids being too mawkish whilst still having a bit of a feel good element to it. Readers of the book may chafe at the simplification of the story, but thats Hollywood for you.
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By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 21 May 2008
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There's something rather creepy about the way convicted child molester Victor Salva, now that he's banned from working with children after videotaping himself sexually abusing the child star of his debut feature, tends to alternate between making pictures where youthful-looking teens who tell tales are killed by vengeful demons or where young men nobody understands (preferably with their shirts off) are fetishised. Peaceful Warrior falls somewhat into the latter category, throwing in an older mentor for Scott Mechlowicz's gymnast for added unease. Yet ultimately the film's problem is less any subtext than the fact that it's a less than convincing mixture of sports movie and motivational self-help book (the endorsement from motivational speaker Tony Robbins on the sleeve is the pointer there).

Mechlowicz is the up-and-coming gymnast who has the perfect life and is on course for qualifying for the Olympic trials but still can't sleep nights until a chance encounter with Nick Nolte's philosophical gas station attendant sets him on the path to tapping his true potential by teaching him to strip his mind of `garbage' and live in the moment. Since there's not a great deal to `Socrates' philosophy other than truisms and the odd bit of New Age sloganeering ("Sometimes you have to lose your mind to come to your senses."), this is padded out with some not always convincing fantasy scenes intended to show his inner journey and heightened perception before career-threatening injury strikes and he must fight his way back, montage-style, to be all that he can be to the accompaniment of an `empowering' soundtrack.
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