Cast & Credits:
Release Date: December 25, 2013
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
Director: Peter Segal
Screenwriter: Tim Kelleher, Rodney Rothman
Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Robert De Niro, Kevin Hart, Alan Arkin, Kim Basinger, Jon Bernthal, Camden Gray
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Budget: $50,000,000 (estimated)
Runtime: 113 mins.
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for sports action violence, sexual content and language)
Official Website: http://GrudgeMatchmovie.com
In "Grudge Match," De Niro and Stallone play Billy "The Kid" McDonnen and Henry "Razor" Sharp, two local Pittsburgh fighters whose fierce rivalry put them in the national spotlight. Each had scored a victory against the other during their heyday, but in 1983, on the eve of their decisive third match, Razor suddenly announced his retirement, refusing to explain why but effectively delivering a knock-out punch to both their careers. Thirty years later, boxing promoter Dante Slate Jr., seeing big dollar signs, makes them an offer they can't refuse: to re-enter the ring and settle the score once and for all.
But they may not have to wait that long: on their first encounter in decades, their long-festering feud erupts into an unintentionally hilarious melee that instantly goes viral. The sudden social media frenzy transforms their local grudge match into a must-see HBO event. Now, if they can just survive the training, they may actually live to fight again.
Did You Know?
Both Stallone and De Niro became stars after playing professional boxers in a movie, Stallone in "Rocky (1976)" and De Niro in "Raging Bull (1980)". Both films also scored Oscar Nominations for Best Picture and Best Actor in a Leading Role, "Rocky" won Best Picture, De Niro won Best Actor.