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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