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  • Actors: Woody Harrelson, Antonio Banderas, Lolita Davidovich, Tom Sizemore, Lucy Liu
  • Directors: Ron Shelton
  • Writers: Ron Shelton
  • Producers: David V. Lester, Kellie Davis, Stephen Chin
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: German, English
  • Subtitles: German
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Run Time: 124 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005AT7G
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 407,651 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



In Play it to the Bone, best friends Vince (Woody Harrelson) and Cesar (Antonio Banderas) are both down-on-their-luck boxers who've suddenly been given a highly visible fight and a promised shot at the middleweight title--only they have to fight each other. With Grace (Lolita Davidovich), Cesar's current girlfriend and Vince's ex, they drive to Las Vegas. Unsurprisingly, the trip opens up hidden resentments, regrets, and mistakes from the past. What's more surprising is how meandering and shapeless Play It to the Bone is; writer-director Ron Shelton is responsible for such charming and sprightly sports films as Bull Durham, White Men Can't Jump, and Tin Cup, but boxing doesn't seem to have inspired him. The actual boxing match does achieve a kind of brutal energy, though it's curiously filled with gratuitous hallucinations of female nudity. Still, Harrelson and Banderas have a nice rapport, and in their best moments they just yammer at each other, not exactly listening but still communing in a kind of rhythmic groove. The movie also features Lucy Liu from TV's Ally McBeal and dozens of famous cameos at ringside during the bout. --Bret Fetzer,

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this is a really solid movie, combining elements of the buddy movie, and road trip movie with boxing. it is not an out and out boxing movie. the undercard fighters to a tyson fight get killed and incapacitated, the day of the fight. a call is placed to 2 best friends, (vince) woody harrelson and (cesar) antonio banderas, who agree to fight each other as long as the winner gets a title shot. they then spend the next few hours driving to vegas for the fight, along with cesars girlfriend, who happens to be vinces ex. the tension is built up nicely, and by the time they arrive in vegas the two are raring to face each other.
this film has lots of comedy, but also great fighting scenes at the end, which actually lasts a nice while, rather than an obligitary 5 minutes that you find in other films of this ilk. it is full of great lines, and some nice cameos. if you haven't seen it, give it a try, it's well worth a watch.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 April 2001
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Its 2001 and the most succesful and best acclaimed films are full of action, adventure and fart jokes. So you could easily watch this film and dismiss its appeal. However what it lacks in big bangs and slapstick humour it more than makes up for in other areas. Banderros and the ever reliable Harrelson light up the screen with brillant perfomances as two washed up boxers given one last shot on the Tyson undercard. Dont be fooled into thinking this leads into to Rocky type scenario of each man training his hardest, no both have just under a day to get to Las Vegas. Its more a fun filled road movie which has its heart in the right place and never attempts to drift off to the roads marked slapstick comedy or soppy sentimental chick flick. I can honestly recomend this film if your looking for a nice little story with a meandering pace to it. I just cant however seeing it holding the interest of the audience who expect big bangs every minute. Definatly worth atleast one look though and girls do not in any way be put off by the Boxing link it goes much deeper than that.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Good boxing, weak characters 11 July 2000
By "flickjunkie" - Published on
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`Play It To The Bone' is really two movies. One is a movie about boxing and the other is a comedic character study of the boxers. As a boxing film, it succeeds nicely. As a comedy it has its moments. As a character study, it hits the canvas hard.
The storyline was sort of `Rocky' times two. Two washed up middleweight boxers Vince and Cesar (Woody Harrelson and Antonio Banderas), who are also best friends, get a last minute chance to fight in Las Vegas on the undercard of a Mike Tyson heavyweight bout when the two scheduled fighters are unable to fight. They are promised that the winner will get a chance to fight for the championship, but they have to be in Las Vegas tonight. The trouble is, they have to fight each other.
So they climb into a car with Cesar's girlfriend (and Vince's ex-girlfriend) Grace (Lolita Davidovich) and drive from L.A. to Las Vegas. Most of the rest of the movie is about the drive followed by the fight.
Director Ron Shelton has had quite a few sports oriented success stories to his credit (Bull Durham, White Men Can't Jump and Tin Cup). The best part of the film was the boxing. The boxing was well choreographed and both actors were athletic and fought like real boxers. Shelton was also excellent at creating the feel of a boxing match. Anyone who has ever watched an HBO bout will recognize ring announcers Jim Lampley, Larry Merchant and George Foreman. Mike Tyson made a cameo as well as numerous celebrity boxing fans (Kevin Costner, Rod Stewart, Wesley Snipes and a host of others). The makeup for the cuts and puffiness was also very realistic.
Unfortunately, the rest of the film was not as good as the fight. Shelton spends a good deal of time developing the characters, but it is all for naught because they have no substance. They are two hapless jocks, obvious mental lightweights, who spend most of the trip to Las Vegas fighting over Grace, cutting up and strutting around like peacocks. Shelton takes great pains to try to make us love these characters equally by making them equally pathetic. But that doesn't work because it leaves the audience without anyone to pull for in the fight. The ending is utterly predictable and the film whimpers off into the sunset with no more than a stagger.
Banderas and Harrelson both gave journeyman performances. They had good chemistry and some decent comedy between them, but there was nothing special here. The best performance by far was by Davidovich who transcended her normal sex kitten role and took command of the entire film with a character that was a manipulative vixen. She was smart, tough and sexy, and dominated every scene. Once again, she shows that she is talented as well as attractive, which makes me wonder why she has never gotten roles that are more substantial.
This is a tough one to rate because it does some things very well and other things poorly. I gave it a 6/10. It had some good comedic moments, but not enough of them. It had some excellent boxing scenes, but a disappointing outcome. In addition, the character study simply failed due to vacant characters. If you like boxing, Harrelson, Banderas or especially Davidovich, you will enjoy this film. Otherwise, enter at your own risk.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Offbeat, irreverent, and sometimes....... even funny 8 Aug. 2004
By Rick Galati - Published on
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This film has been knocked down more times than Dominguez and Boudreau in the climatic final fight scene. Sure the story was a bit uneven, but I still liked this quirky buddy/road trip movie for its unexpected and offbeat take that includes a seamier side of professional boxing. Antonio Banderas and Woody Harrelson are likeable stars and I thought they played off each other very well. While Harrelson is known to shift effortlessly from dramatic to comedic roles and back again, this was the first time I saw a lighter, more humorous side of Banderas and I thought he acquitted himself very well. Talented and sexy Lolita Davidovich as their street smart and savvy love interest was as much a welcomed casting choice as Lucy Liu's was a total waste of time other than being the object of Harrelson's vivid backseat description of her femininity prior to a hilarious if impromptu and primitive tryst. A host of cameo appearances fill out the rest of the card. Don't bring high expectations to the match and you won't be unduly disappointed, and you just may be mildly entertained for 2 hours.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Rent Don't Buy 26 Jun. 2000
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This slow moving movie, at least the first two thirds makes one want to hit the stop button and put another disk in the player. Even though the lead parts are decently acted they cannot sustain a screen play that is saturated with high school, crude, gratuitous humor. It tells the story of two down and out fighters who get a last minute chance to fight on the undercard of a heavyweight fight that is being televised world wide.
Harrelson and Bandaras overplay their roles, the best performance comes from the sexy Lolita Davidovitch. She carries this weak theme with a long car ride from LA to Vegas. An unbearably long ride. For some odd reason there is a homophobic theme throughout. The Asian woman that is picked up along the way is a silly, meaningless part, especially when she ends up in a very absurd sex scene with Harrelson.
The fight scenes are well done but the bloody parts reek of ketchup and look phoney as is the imagery. The ending is predictable. A lot of talented people put this movie together but it does not succeed.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Not a Knock Out! 31 Dec. 2000
By Curtis J. George - Published on
The fight scenes in this moive were very good but the lack of action and the boring drive to the fight made this film not as good as it could have been. Boxing fans will recognize lots of big named extras at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, where the big fight scene takes palce. I enjoyed the soundtrack very much too.
This movie was a good rental but nothing you would want to watch a second time or own.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Comedy Blended With Action Works Out in this film 5 Sept. 2000
By Gus Mauro - Published on
Antonio Banderas & Woody Harelson Play well against one another in a very funny and poignent film about friendship and the competive nature of professinal Boxing. Ceaser and Vince are two down on their luck prizefighters who get a chance of a lifetime to win $100.00 dollers in a highly publiced match problem is its agasint one another. True friendship is tested when their on the road together. Great lines delivered from Banderas & Harrelson, these two are cast well in their roles. The Director Ron Shelton who made sport-comedies in the past has scored again with 'PLAY IT TO THE BONE' And it was much more funnier than TIN CUP Back in 1996.
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