Bleed for This


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Bleed for This
Release Date:
4th November 2016
116 min
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Ben Younger
Ben Younger
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The inspirational story of World Champion Boxer Vinny Pazienza who, after a near fatal car crash, which left him not knowing if he'd ever walk again, made one of sports most incredible comebacks.


Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 63%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience 68%
IMDb Rating 6.5


Celeste Oliva as LA Times Reporter
Kemp Harris as Caesar's Blackjack Dealer #1
Portland Helmich as Reporter at Weigh in
Steve Sweeney as Official at Caesar's Weigh in
Sy Lee as Master Seo

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by steve beard ([email protected]) 19th November, 2016

Inspirational Boxing Film

I saw "Bleed For This", starring Miles Teller-War Dogs, Whiplash; Aaron Eckhart-Sully, Any Given Sunday; Ciaran Hinds-Game of Thrones_tv, There Will Be Blood and Katey Sagal-Sons of Anarchy_tv, 8 Simple Rules_tv. This is a boxing movie that is based on a true story about Vinny Pazienza. Miles plays Vinny, an up and coming light weight boxer from Providence, Rhode Island that wins a championship match and then gets into a head-on car wreck. Doctors tell him his neck is broken and he will be lucky if he ever walks again, much less box. Of course, Miles doesn't give up and has to try to prove them wrong. Aaron plays his boxing trainer/coach. Ciaran is his father and Katey is his mother. Miles' nickname was 'The Pazmanian Devil'. He had to wear a Halo-which looked like some kind of medieval torture device-which consisted of a head gear that fit over his entire head and was actually screwed into his head with screws to keep his head from moving while he was healing. It is an inspirational story, especially since his comeback first fight- after he healed up-was with Roberto Duran-and if you recall, they just released a movie about Duran in August, called 'Hands of Stone'. As the end credits start, the real people are shown. It's rated "R" for language, accident images and sexual content- including nudity-and has a running time of 1 hour & 54 minutes. I don't think I would buy it on DVD but if you are a boxing fan, you might enjoy it more than I did. Otherwise, it would be a good rental.

Reviewed by Anthony Iessi 19th November, 2016

A lightweight, with a heavyweight story.

Miles Teller has become an exceptional actor of his time. I was excited to see his turn as Vinny Paz, the Boxer with the broken spine. A story of overcoming impossible odds and agonizing pain seems like a role that was tailor maid for Teller. When we last saw him, he was getting slapped silly by an enraged jazz professor. Are we going to get Whiplash-ed again? Unfortunately, not this time. Among moments of greatness, Bleed for This is a totally missed opportunity. There is so much you could do with this material. Why couldn't we go deeper into the mind of Vinny? Why couldn't we see, in nuanced ways, how tortured a champion boxer could be when he realizes that he can never fight again? We do see this almost happening in the painful scenes of Vinny trying to lift a bar with his severed spine, and the brutal scene where Vinny gets his headgear unscrewed with no anesthesia. It's so visceral and awful, you can actually feel the pain. But the rest of the film is a cornucopia of boxing tropes. It's The Fighter meets Raging Bull meets Southpaw.. and on and on. You've seen it all before.

Reviewed by David Ferguson ([email protected]) 17th November, 2016

Decent movie on a remarkable story

Greetings again from the darkness. You may be excused if you believe there have been enough boxing movies recently. Just last year, we saw Creed and Southpaw – both critically acclaimed and featured significant screen time inside the ropes. Writer/director Ben Younger returns with his first movie since 2005 (Prime) and teams up with screenwriter Angelo Pizzo to present the "based on a true story" of Rhode Island's own Vinny Pazienza. Mr. Pizzo is known for his work on inspirational sports films like Hoosiers, Rudy, The Game of Their Lives, and My All-American; so the fascinating and true story of Paz is right in his wheelhouse. See, The Pazmanian Devil (his nickname) was a terrific fighter, and is even more famous for his medically-defying comeback after a horrific car accident. The doctors doubted he would ever walk again, and offered Vinny no hope at all of ever fighting again. Miles Teller (Whiplash, The Spectacular Now) plays Vinny Pazienza and obviously trained very hard to get in tip top shape. His boxing skills are well suited to the training sequences but must be creatively edited for the scenes in the ring. This is especially obvious when clips of the real Paz are inserted. Beyond that, Teller softens the overblown machismo of Pazienza and the boxing world. He captures the single-minded commitment of Pazienza, while making him a bit more likable than the real man came off in interviews. Aaron Eckhart is excellent as Pazienza's (and Mike Tyson's former) trainer, Kevin Rooney. It's puzzling how Eckhart's name ever came up for the role of a balding, pudgy, alcoholic who believes he's been put out to pasture … but Eckhart and Teller together produce some wonderful scenes. Other support work comes from Ciaran Hinds and an underutilized Katey Sagal as Vinny's dad and mom, and Ted Levine and Jordan Gelber as boxing promoters Lou and Dan Duva. The comeback was as improbable as it was inspirational, and the decision to go with the Halo (metal brace that screws into the skull) over the neck fusion surgery could easily be categorized as foolish rather than courageous. But much of the story revolves around the internal make-up and competitive drive that made Vinny the man and the boxer that we see. The film has more in common with The Fighter than either of the movies mentioned in the first paragraph, but it's even more character study than boxing movie. This proud, driven, egotistical local from Providence held world titles at three different weight classes, refusing to be limited by the opinions of others. Rather than end with a classically Hollywood shot of victorious Paz celebrating in the ring, the film ends with an odd interview centered on his debate against the phrase "it's not that easy". It's a stance that makes us question whether he ever learned the lessons of gamble vs risk. Mostly though, we marvel and agree that he's a guy who deserves to be on a box of Wheaties.

Reviewed by Gary Randall 26th October, 2016

The Tazmanian Devil's story

No spoilers here. I went to a screening last night in Los Angeles for 'Bleed for This'. It's an excellent movie that delivers solid performances from the supporting cast. Oscar nominations abound. Aaron Eckhart comes through with a dead-on take of Kevin Rooney (all the way down to the walk) and should be a shoo-in for an Oscar nomination. Miles Teller shows a depth beyond his years in his portrayal of the Pazmanian Devil. Highly recommend. Gary Randall

Reviewed by bartonj2410 13th October, 2016

Miles Teller is fantastic in this inspirational comeback of all comebacks

When it comes to film, there is no other sport that has delivered such powerful and emotional dramas on the big screen as boxing. It's the personal drama they delve into that makes them so relatable to audiences. That's not to say we've all climbed the Rocky Steps or assaulted family members as a result of paranoia though. Many have been based on true stories and that is certainly the case with Bleed For This, a film based on the astonishingly courageous real life experiences of Vinny Pazienza. Played by Miles Teller, Pazienza was a World Champion Boxer who was left not knowing whether he'd be able to walk again after a near fatal car accident caused severe spinal damage. Rather than let it defeat him, Pazienza aimed to get back in the ring, setting in motion one of the greatest comebacks in sporting history. The biggest draw of Bleed For This are its performances, particularly the knock-out lead one given by Miles Teller, one of the hottest young actors in Hollywood today. Teller never loses the cockiness of Pazienza, even when he faces a life without boxing, turning him into such a remarkable character. I really enjoyed the pairing of Teller and Aaron Eckhart as his trainer, Kevin Rooney. Eckhart hasn't really had much to shout about in recent years but I do think he's a good actor, showcasing it here with a good performance. Ciaran Hinds and Katey Sagal deliver fine performances as Vinny's mother and father, taking me a while to realise it was even them with the change in appearance. The best boxing films are the ones that focus more on the goings on outside of the ring than inside it, and that's where Ben Younger gets it right with Bleed For This. Yes, a big part of the story is Vinny wanting to get back in the ring but Younger chooses to focus on the man himself and how driven an individual he was to get back to his best in the ring. Younger also delivers some energetic boxing sequences, using quick edits and excellent sound mixing to almost feel like you're taking the punches at times. The brutality of the sport is wince- inducing at times so the film does warrant its rating however, the moment that had everyone wincing was when Vinny has the screws taken out of his head after six months of wearing the halo designed to help his neck recover. It's a moment that perfectly captures the severity of Vinny's accident as well as the aforementioned cockiness, Teller playing it for laughs. If you're a fan of boxing films, Bleed For This is a film you will want to see. Don't dismiss it entirely if you aren't a big fan of boxing films because there is plenty to admire in this portrayal of one of the most inspirational comebacks in sporting history.