Lionsgate Released 2011




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Gavin O'Connor (II)

Warrior tells the inspirational story of an estranged family that finds redemption in the unlikeliest of places... the MMA ring. Tommy Riordan, an ex-marine with a tragic past, returns home and enlists his father, a recovering alcoholic and former wrestling coach, to train him for "Sparta", the biggest MMA tournament ever held. But when Tommy's underdog brother, Brendan, fights his way into the tournament, the two brothers must finally confront each other and the forces that pulled them apart. What ensues is the most gut-wrenching, soul-stirring, and unforgettable battle of their lives.

Metacritic Score

  • 90

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    It is appropriately blunt, powerful and relentless, a study of male bodies in sweaty motion and masculine emotions in teary turmoil.

  • 80

    Variety Joe Leydon

    An improbably effective and affecting mix of raw emotions and exciting smackdowns.

  • 60

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    It shows promise but finally hits things so hard, both literally and metaphorically, that it's hard not to feel pummeled yourself by the time it's over.

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    • Production Budget - $25,000,000
      Domestic Gross - $13,657,115 (142nd)
      Worldwide Gross - $23,057,115 (140th)

    • Taglines:
      1. Fight for Family.
      2. Family is worth fighting for.
      3. Fight for Country.

    • Other Production Companies:
      Mimran Schur Pictures
      Solaris Entertainment

    • Filming locations include:
      Santa Clarita, California
      Atlantic City, New Jersey
      Washington, Pennsylvania
      Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
      Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    • Taglines:
      1. Family is worth fighting for.
      2. Fight for Country.
      3. Fight for Family.

    • Music:
      Start a War
      Written by Matt Berninger and Aaron Dessner
      Performed by The National
      Take Time in Life
      Traditional Nigerian folk song
      Arranged and additional lyrics by Eilen Edson
      Performed by Eilen Edson
      On My Side
      Written by Zach Sciacca, Michael Urbano, Lateef Dumont (as Lateef Daumont), and Sean Daly
      Performed by DJ Z-Trip (as Z-Trip) featuring Lateef Dumont (as Lateef) and Slug
      This is Me
      Written by Jahmal Bush, Eric Goldman, and Zedrick Kelly
      Performed by Rock from Heltah Skeltah
      You Know I Like That
      Written by Jim Beadie and Martin Haene
      Performed by Abi Ryan
      Smack Zone (Pigmix)
      Written by Casper Skafte and Michael Boegballe
      Performed by Smaxone
      Written by Curtis Allen Marolt and Michael Dicillo
      Performed by Sarah Leichtenberg
      Lido Shuffle
      Written by Boz Scaggs and David Paich
      Performed by Boz Scaggs
      Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 25, 'Choral', 2nd Movement
      Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
      Performed by Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia
      Partita for Violin Solo No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1004
      Transcribed for Piano by Furuccio Busoni
      Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
      Performed by Sequeira Costa
      The Sun and Earth
      Written by Stephen Kilroy, Stephen Smith, Timothy Chappelear, Erik Dean, and Anthony Acampora
      Performed by Middle Distance Runner
      Roses from the South
      Written by Johann Strauß
      Arranged by George Wilson
      The August Waltz
      Written by Andy Vale
      Drum and Stilt Walking Creation
      Written by Robert Dickerson
      Performed by Jamal P. Dickerson, Nasir Pasha Dickerson, Kysame Watson, and Niseeah Branch
      Fight Night
      Written by Jamal Grinnage, Eric Murry, Eric Goldman, and Zedrick Kelly
      Performed by M.O.P.
      Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125, 'Choral', Finale
      Written by 'Ludwig van Beethoven'
      Performed by Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia
      The Halls of Montezuma
      Written by Lauren Boquette and Alan L. James
      Performed by Lords of Ruin
      Written by Keith Ryan Fertwagner
      Performed by The Fonzarellies
      I Got Everything I Need
      Written by Todd James Schofield
      Performed by The Chelsea Smiles
      Get Up!
      Written by Curt Harpel and Kelly Moneymaker
      Performed by 2 Clicks Down
      About Today
      Written by Matt Berninger and Aaron Dessner
      Performed by The National ("White Sessions" on France inter by arrangement with The National)
      Fastidious Horses
      Written and performed by Vladimir Vysotskiy

    • Academy Awards Nominations:
      1. Supporting Actor - Nick Nolte (won by Christopher Plummer for Beginners)


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