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Never Back Down (2008)

Never Back Down (2008)

At his new high school, a rebellious teen Jake Tyler is lured into an ultimate underground fighting club in a Backyard Fight, where he finds a mentor in a mixed martial arts veteran. After receiving threats to the safety of his friends and family, Jake seeks the mentoring of a veteran fighter, to tr…ain his mind and body for one final no-holds-barred elimination fight with his unrelenting personal nemesis and local martial arts champion Ryan McCarthy. (Read More)

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Rocky Balboa (2006)

Rocky Balboa (2006)

When he loses a highly publicized virtual boxing match to ex-champ Rocky Balboa, reigning heavyweight titleholder Mason Dixon retaliates by challenging the Itallian Stallion to a nationally televised, 10-round exhibition bout. To the surprise of his son and friends, Rocky agrees to come out of retir…ement and face an opponent who's faster, stronger and thirty years his junior. With the odds stacked firmly against him, Rocky takes on Dixon in what will become the greatest fight in boxing history, a hard-hitting, action-packed battle of the ages. (Read More)

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boxing training
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training
boxing
fighting
fight
character name in title
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violence
sequel
flashback
dog
two word title
title spoken by character
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blood splatter
fistfight
punched in the face
watching tv
written by director
brawl
showdown
running
combat
cigar smoking
latex gloves
widower
opening action scene
scene during end credits
directed by star
las vegas nevada
love interest
exercise
boxer
press conference
veteran
italian american
pet dog
punched in the stomach
punched in the chest
philadelphia pennsylvania
passionate kiss
punch
written by star
underdog
muscleman
strongman
inspiration
weightlifting
sweat
boxing match
punching bag
boxing ring
comeback
sixth part
father son conflict
punch in face
male male hug
reference to the book of genesis
punching
reference to frank sinatra
brother in law brother in law relationship
coming out of retirement
restaurant owner
visiting a grave
training montage
italian restaurant
reference to muhammad ali
fist
biracial child
motivation
dog pound
boxing champion
father son hug
punched in the gut
heavyweight boxer
rocky
heavyweight champion
ex boxer
fighting movie
grave site
punch in the face
father son reconciliation
boxer hero
fist fighter
mentor student relationship
training exercise
boxing manager
visiting wife's grave
leaving flowers on a grave
punched in the belly
computer simulation
giving someone a ride home
sequel to best picture winner
deceased wife
retired boxer
watching boxing on tv
meatpacking
reference to rocky marciano
dog wearing clothing
former champion
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Warrior (2011)

Warrior (2011)

Two brothers face the fight of a lifetime - and the wreckage of their broken family - within the brutal, high-stakes world of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighting in Lionsgate's action/drama, WARRIOR. A former Marine, haunted by a tragic past, Tommy Riordan returns to his hometown of Pittsburgh and enl…ists his father, a recovered alcoholic and his former coach, to train him for an MMA tournament awarding the biggest purse in the history of the sport. As Tommy blazes a violent path towards the title prize, his brother, Brendan, a former MMA fighter unable to make ends meet as a public school teacher, returns to the amateur ring to provide for his family. Even though years have passed, recriminations and past betrayals keep Brendan bitterly estranged from both Tommy and his father. But when Brendan's unlikely rise as an underdog sets him on a collision course with Tommy, the two brothers must finally confront the forces that tore them apart, all the while waging the most intense, winner-takes-all battle of their lives. (Read More)

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The Legend Of Drunken Master (1994) is one of the best movies like The Fight Machine (2022)

The Legend Of Drunken Master (1994)

Returning home with his father after a shopping expedition, Wong Fei-Hong is unwittingly caught up in the battle between foreigners who wish to export ancient Chinese artifacts and loyalists who don't want the pieces to leave the country. Fei-Hong has learned a style of fighting called "Drunken Boxi…ng", which makes him a dangerous person to cross. Unfortunately, his father is opposed to his engaging in any kind of fighting, let alone drunken boxing. Consequently, Fei-Hong not only has to fight against the foreigners, but he must overcome his father's antagonism as well. (Read More)

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Fighting (2009)

Fighting (2009)

Shawn MacArthur, the kind-hearted son of an Alabama wrestling coach, makes a grim living selling fake products on the streets in New York. After dealing with thieving punks, he's discovered by bare-knuckle/street-fight manager, Harvey Boarden. He soon proves himself worthy and starts earning a small… fortune, part of which he volunteers to spend on single mother Zulay Velez. Shawn doesn't cheat and that seems to be a major problem, notably after the arrival of his Alabama high-school rival. (Read More)

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Rocky (1976)

Rocky (1976)

Rocky Balboa is a struggling boxer trying to make the big time, working as a debt collector for a pittance. When heavyweight champion Apollo Creed visits Philadelphia, his managers want to set up an exhibition match between Creed and a struggling boxer, touting the fight as a chance for a "nobody" t…o become a "somebody". The match is supposed to be easily won by Creed, but someone forgot to tell Rocky, who sees this as his only shot at the big time. (Read More)

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My Father And My Son (2005)

My Father And My Son (2005)

Sadik is one of the rebellious youth who has been politically active as a university student and became a left-wing journalist in the 70's, despite his father's expectations of him becoming an agricultural engineer and taking control of their family farm in an Aegean village. On the dawn of Septembe…r 12, 1980, when a merciless military coup hits the country, they cannot find access to any hospital or a doctor and his wife dies while giving birth to their only child, Deniz. After a long-lasting period of torture, trials, and jail time, Sadik returns to his village with 7-8 years old Deniz, knowing that it will be hard to correct things with his father, Huseyin. (Read More)

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Grudge Match (2013) is one of the best movies like The Fight Machine (2022)

Grudge Match (2013)

Henry "Razor" Sharp and Billy "The Kid" McDonnen are two boxers who thirty years ago were rivals. Just before a big match Razor decides to retire because Billy slept with his girlfriend, Sally Rose and got her pregnant. Today a promoter, Dante Slate wants to have them fight each other but Razor does…n't want to. But when he loses his job and learns he's broke, he has no choice. So he trains under his old trainer. Billy while training, meets B.J., the son he had with Sally Rose and he asks B.J. to train him. And Sally Rose tries to get Razor to forgive her but he can't. (Read More)

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Billy Elliot (2000)

Billy Elliot (2000)

County Durham, during the endless, violent 1984 strike against the Thatcher closure of British coal mines. Widower Jackie Elliot and his firstborn, fellow miner Tony, take a dim view of 11 year-old second son Billy's poor record in boxing class, which worsens when they discover he sneakily transferr…ed to the neighboring, otherwise girls-only-attended ballet class. Only one schoolmate, closet-gay Michael Caffrey, encourages Billy's desire, aroused by the teacher, who judged him talented enough for private lesson, to train and try out for the world-renowned Royal Ballet audition. Only the prospect of a fancy career unimagined in the pauper quarter may twist pa and big brother's opposition to indispensable support. (Read More)

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working class
support
talent
son
class
boxing
sex
character name in title
nudity
blood
male nudity
violence
kiss
cigarette smoking
dancing
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photograph
chase
telephone call
crying
beating
underwear
urination
face slap
punched in the face
bare butt
letter
book
lie
tears
running
bathroom
piano
classroom
gay slur
montage
toilet
judge
bath
graveyard
grave
library
coming out
widower
audition
gym
pianist
tragic event
sadness
loss of mother
ballet
cross dressing
sacrifice
trust
record player
riot
transvestite
hugging
shaving
dress
egg
slow motion
listening to music
recording
demonstration
communist
hammer
boxer
loss of wife
crush
compassion
milk
embarrassment
child's point of view
sexism
theatre audience
makeup
school uniform
lipstick
friendship between boys
snowing
dead mother
ferry
joy
piano player
earphones
jewelry
electricity
stage performance
teaching
apparition
gay bashing
inspiration
fence
escalator
strike
librarian
tombstone
gay crush
mooning
mail
transvestism
punching bag
surrogate mother
miner
soccer ball
postman
music box
labor union
circular staircase
snowman
pillow
kiss on the cheek
christmas lights
coal
swan
tap dancing
ballet dancer
pillow fight
dance class
boxing gloves
changing room
washing
coal mine
nightstick
jumping on a bed
merry christmas
triumph
male dancer
laborer
coal miner
sledge hammer
police van
motivation
riot police
stick
mine shaft
dance instructor
mining town
northern england
reference to fred astaire
boxing trainer
against the odds
gay kid
apron
following a dream
pawnbroker
dancing in the street
picket line
spinning
tutu
ballet school
ballet teacher
physical exam
reference to ginger rogers
billy club
boy dressed as a girl
dressing up
ballet dancing
sliding door
impatience
jewelry box
stuffed toy animal
gargling
breakthrough
standing on a table
miners strike
newcastle upon tyne
scab
swan lake
boxing lesson
mobile library
riot shield
boy wearing lipstick
riot gear
soccer shirt
boogie
boy boy kiss
boy wearing a dress
breakfast tray
letter of acceptance
destroying a piano
falling into a bathtub
royal ballet school
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Drunken Master (1978)

Drunken Master (1978)

The father of Wong Fei-hong, who has been attempting to teach his son kung-fu, but has found him too disobedient to teach and decides to send him off to his uncle, a cruel and torturous master of the 8-Drunken Genii kung-fu. After much suffering the son comes back to rescue the father from an assass…in. (Read More)

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The Skulls (2000)

The Skulls (2000)

Luke McNamara, a college senior from a working class background joins a secret elitist college fraternity organization called "The Skulls", in hope of gaining acceptance into Harvard Law School. At first seduced by the club's trapping of power and wealth, a series of disturbing incidents, such as hi…s best friends suicide, leads Luke to investigate the true nature of the organization and the truth behind his friends supposed suicide. He starts realizing that his future and possibly his life is in danger. (Read More)

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Cinderella Man (2005) is one of the best movies like The Fight Machine (2022)

Cinderella Man (2005)

During the Great Depression, a common-man hero, James J. Braddock--a.k.a. the Cinderella Man--was to become one of the most surprising sports legends in history. By the early 1930s, the impoverished ex-prizefighter was seemingly as broken-down, beaten-up and out-of-luck as much of the rest of the Am…erican populace who had hit rock bottom. His career appeared to be finished, he was unable to pay the bills, the only thing that mattered to him--his family--was in danger, and he was even forced to go on Public Relief. But deep inside, Jim Braddock never relinquished his determination. Driven by love, honor and an incredible dose the ones who are do of grit, he willed an impossible dream to come true. In a last-chance bid to help his family, Braddock returned to the ring. No one thought he had a shot. However Braddock, fueled by something beyond mere competition, kept winning. Suddenly, the ordinary working man became the mythic athlete. Carrying the hopes and dreams of the disenfranchised on his shoulders, Braddock rocketed through the ranks, until this underdog chose to do the unthinkable: take on the heavyweight champ of the world, the unstoppable Max Baer, renowned for having killed two men in the ring. (Read More)

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All About My Mother (1999)

All About My Mother (1999)

Manuela is a hard-working single mom who has raised her son Esteban by herself since the time he was born. On his 17th birthday they go to the theater and after the show, Esteban tries to get the main actress' autograph but is run down on the street and dies. Manuela is beside herself with grief and… decides to return to Barcelona to tell the boy's transgender father Lola, about the death of the son he never knew he had. He is nowhere to be found but Manuela does find an old friend, Agrado and meets up with a pregnant nun, Rosa. Together they form a life and become fast friends - until tragedy strikes again. (Read More)

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Suffragette (2015)

Suffragette (2015)

A drama that tracks the story of the foot soldiers of the early feminist movement, women who were forced underground to pursue a dangerous game of cat and mouse with an increasingly brutal State. These women were not primarily from the genteel educated classes, they were working women who had seen p…eaceful protest achieve nothing. Radicalized and turning to violence as the only route to change, they were willing to lose everything in their fight for equality - their jobs, their homes, their children and their lives. Maud was one such foot soldier. The story of her fight for dignity is as gripping and visceral as any thriller, it is also heart-breaking and inspirational. (Read More)

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Creed (2015)

Creed (2015)

Adonis Johnson is the son of the famous boxing champion Apollo Creed, who died in a boxing match in _Rocky IV (1985)_ (qv). Adonis wasn't born until after his father's death and wants to follow his fathers footsteps in boxing. He seeks a mentor who is the former heavyweight boxing champion and forme…r friend of Apollo Creed, the retired Rocky Balboa. Rocky eventually agrees to mentor Adonis. With Rocky's help they hope to get a title job to face even deadlier opponents than his father. But whether he is a true fighter remains to be seen.... (Read More)

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The Legend Of Zorro (2005)

The Legend Of Zorro (2005)

The Legendary Zorro goes off on another adventure to protect the future of California and its citizens. This time, he fights against evil-doers with the help of his beautiful wife, Elena, and their precocious young son, Joaquin. Alejandro De LaVega is torn between two worlds: his life as Zorro and h…is life as a family man. After Alejandro once again breaks his promise to stop wearing the mask, Elena leaves him, and soon begins seeing Armand, a haughty French Count. But a mysterious explosion in the desert leads Zorro to believe that there's more to Armand than meets the eye, and our hero is intent on finding out what that is. Little does he know, there are others working to uncover certain truths as well. (Read More)

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Huo Yuanjia (2006)

Huo Yuanjia (2006)

Martial arts legend Huo Yuanjia became the most famous fighter in all of China at the turn of the 20th Century. Huo faced personal tragedy but ultimately fought his way out of darkness and into history, defining the true spirit of martial arts. His self-discovery, and the choices he made, inspired h…is nation. The son of a great fighter who did not wish for his child to follow in his footsteps, the bullied Huo Yuanjia resolves to teach himself how to fight - and win. Years of training enable him to ace match after match in his home region of Tianjin. But as his fame as a martial arts master grows, so does his pride. After an ill-advised fight leads to another master's death, members of Huo's family are slain in revenge. Grieving and ashamed, Huo wanders the country in shock. Near death, he is rescued by women from an idyllic village, and is offered simple kindness and generosity that help him heal and regain his equilibrium over a period of several years. Huo realizes that the future of martial arts lies in sportsmanship and not brutality, and he rejoins society to apply what he has learned. Returning to Tianjin, Huo takes steps to come to terms with his past and restore his family's name. His evolving, graceful Mizong (Missing) Fist method of fighting brings Huo renewed success, and he forms the progressive Jingwu Sports Federation. Taking note, duplicitous members of the Foreign Chamber of Commerce engineer a Shanghai tournament pitting Huo against four fighters, each repres… (Read More)

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Son Of Saul (2015)

Son Of Saul (2015)

Two days in the life of Saul Auslander, Hungarian prisoner working as a member of the Sonderkommando at one of the Auschwitz Crematoriums who, to bury the corpse of a boy he takes for his son, tries to carry out his impossible deed: salvage the body and find a rabbi to bury it. While the Sonderkomma…ndo is to be liquidated at any moment, Saul turns away of the living and their plans of rebellion to save the remains of a son he never took care of when he was still alive. (Read More)

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American Splendor (2003) is one of the best movies like The Fight Machine (2022)

American Splendor (2003)

Harvey Pekar is file clerk at the local VA hospital. His interactions with his co-workers offer some relief from the monotony, and their discussions encompass everything from music to the decline of American culture to new flavors of jellybeans and life itself. At home, Harvey fills his days with re…ading, writing and listening to jazz. His apartment is filled with thousands of books and LPs, and he regularly scours Cleveland's thrift stores and garage sales for more, savoring the rare joy of a 25-cent find. It is at one of these junk sales that Harvey meets Robert Crumb, a greeting card artist and music enthusiast. When, years later, Crumb finds international success for his underground comics, the idea that comic books can be a valid art form for adults inspires Harvey to write his own brand of comic book. An admirer of naturalist writers like Theodore Dreiser, Harvey makes his American Splendor a truthful, unsentimental record of his working-class life, a warts-and-all self portrait. First published in 1976, the comic earns Harvey cult fame throughout the 1980s and eventually leads him to the sardonic Joyce Barber, a partner in a Delaware comic book store who end ups being Harvey's true soul mate as they experience the bizarre byproducts of Harvey's cult celebrity stature. (Read More)

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working class
working
underground
class
fight
f rated
interview
kiss
shower
telephone call
voice over narration
underwear
watching tv
computer
cat
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letter
vomiting
rock music
cafe
bathroom
college
telephone
halloween
based on comic book
diner
toilet
nun
old woman
hotel room
champagne
reading
college student
halloween costume
graffiti
record player
nerd
supermarket
cake
listening to music
tape recorder
fame
comic book
recording
guitarist
railway station
part animation
retirement
cynicism
animated sequence
co worker
theatre audience
ice skating
vegetarian
holding hands
yelling
ohio
trick or treating
jazz music
bitterness
loser
theatre production
mtv
based on graphic novel
bakery
hamburger
psychoanalysis
eating disorder
collector
adopted daughter
reference to superman
cleveland ohio
neurotic
reference to batman
clerk
donut
cartoonist
chemotherapy
luggage
cult figure
book signing
blue collar
bohemian
asperger's syndrome
recital
reference to marlon brando
television studio
illustrator
play within a film
internal monologue
loud shirt
hair loss
phd
reference to mark twain
comic book art
comic book shop
cynic
dark horse comics
megalomania
scratching
greeting card
movie reality crossover
garage sale
reference to david letterman
stoicism
talking to mirror
vasectomy
thrift store
coupon
stick figure
curmudgeon
vow of silence
jellybean
retirement party
lymphoma
anemia
veterans hospital
laryngitis
lent
delusion of grandeur
food allergy
record collector
toledo ohio
white castle
vocal cords
stoic
green room
lentil
reference to the little mermaid
talk show in plot
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Real Steel (2011)

Real Steel (2011)

In the near future when people become uninterested in boxing and similar sports, a new sport is created - Robot boxing wherein robots battle each other while being controlled by someone. Charlie Kenton, a former boxer who's trying to make it in the new sport, not only doesn't do well, he is very dee…ply in the red. When he learns that his ex, mother of his son Max, dies, he goes to figure out what to do with him. His ex's sister wants to take him in but Charlie has first say in the matter. Charlie asks her husband for money so he can buy a new Robot in exchange for turning Max over to them. He takes Max for the summer. And Max improves his control of his robot. But when the robot is destroyed, they go to a scrap yard to get parts. Max finds an old generation robot named Atom and restores him. Max wants Atom to fight but Charlie tells him he won't last a round. However, Atom wins. And it isn't long before Atom is getting major bouts. Max gets Charlie to teach Atom how to fight, and the father and son bond strenghtens. (Read More)

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The Edge Of Heaven (2007)

The Edge Of Heaven (2007)

Nejat seems disapproving about his widower father Ali's choice of prostitute Yeter for a live-in girlfriend. But he grows fond of her when he discovers she sends money home to Turkey for her daughter's university studies. Yeter's sudden death distances father and son. Nejat travels to Istanbul to se…arch for Yeter's daughter Ayten. Political activist Ayten has fled the Turkish police and is already in Germany. She is befriended by a young woman, Lotte, who invites rebellious Ayten to stay in her home, a gesture not particularly pleasing to her conservative mother Susanne. When Ayten is arrested and her asylum plea is denied, she is deported and imprisoned in Turkey. Lotte travels to Turkey,where she gets caught up in the seemingly hopeless situation of freeing Ayten. (Read More)

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Rudy (1993)

Rudy (1993)

Rudy grew up in a steel mill town where most people ended up working, but wanted to play football at Notre Dame instead. There were only a couple of problems. His grades were a little low, his athletic skills were poor, and he was only half the size of the other players. But he had the drive and the… spirit of 5 people and has set his sights upon joining the team. (Read More)

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Coda (2021) is one of the best movies like The Fight Machine (2022)

Coda (2021)

As a CODA (Child of Deaf Adults), Ruby is the only hearing person in her deaf family. When the family's fishing business is threatened, Ruby finds herself torn between pursuing her love of music and her fear of abandoning her parents.

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Rocky IV (1985)

Rocky IV (1985)

Ever since his match with Clubber Lang, Rocky Balboa has a peaceful life. And now he and former champion, Apollo Creed, enjoy good times and are now the best of friends. But Rocky's peaceful life as a boxer gets paused after a match Apollo went into. Unfortunately, Creed fought Ivan drago, a 6'5" Ru…ssian who has never lost a match, and sadly, brutally murders Apollo in the ring. A funeral is held and times start going downhill fast. Now, in order to restore honor, Rocky challenges Drago to a match and must beat him for sweet, bitter vengeance. (Read More)

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boxing training
match
ring
training
boxing
fighting
fight
character name in title
blood
violence
sequel
flashback
dog
bare chested male
kiss
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cigarette smoking
photograph
party
surprise ending
beating
blood splatter
fistfight
horse
car accident
blonde
slow motion scene
punched in the face
watching tv
written by director
brawl
showdown
sunglasses
running
birthday
bed
robot
combat
scientist
subjective camera
axe
mountain
mansion
death of friend
montage
politician
radio
coffin
part of series
drawing
birthday party
news report
cigar smoking
limousine
binoculars
character repeating someone else's dialogue
beaten to death
screaming
locker room
written and directed by cast member
character's point of view camera shot
product placement
christmas tree
gym
directed by star
american flag
bodyguard
injection
soviet union
split screen
death of husband
manager
character says i love you
champion
cabin
las vegas nevada
newspaper headline
subtitled scene
freeze frame
chess
ak 47
cold war
machismo
birthday cake
captain
fireplace
electronic music score
hypodermic needle
looking at oneself in a mirror
fame
propaganda
scene during opening credits
jogging
barn
loss of friend
exercise
roman numeral in title
beard
communist
boxer
fourth part
blockbuster
wristwatch
press conference
culture clash
honor
social commentary
celebration
reverse footage
cameo
bravery
italian american
hatred
psychotronic
punched in the chest
pride
black eye
mustache
philadelphia pennsylvania
dressing room
lens flare
loss of husband
bruise
punch
written by star
patriotism
media coverage
referee
chauffeur
moscow russia
close up of eyes
underdog
workout
yelling
fighter
final showdown
returning character killed off
car driving
muscleman
strongman
human monster
weightlifting
sweat
arena
kgb
boxing match
punching bag
saw
sole black character dies cliche
famous score
camcorder
repeated line
boxing ring
comeback
roman numbered sequel
patriot
swimmer
ussr
victory
fade to black
famous line
lifting person in air
treadmill
walkman
working out
chanting
horse drawn carriage
trainer
blond man
invulnerability
brother in law brother in law relationship
coming out of retirement
mob of reporters
endurance
logging
ends with freeze frame
training montage
christmas day
muscular
star spangled banner
fist
limousine driver
stopwatch
unity
lifting weights
steroids
soviet army
wood chopping
cheering
boxing champion
russian woman
sports hero
russian army
rocky
skipping rope
heavyweight champion
pull ups
fighting movie
commentator
tree cutting
experimental technology
kgb agent
boxing glove
reference to popeye
boxer hero
cutting down a tree
fist fighter
russian man
russophobia
heavyweight
sledge
boxing knockout
sequel to best picture winner
olympic medalist
recap segment
southpaw
boxing arena
boxing ko
cutting down tree
cutting tree
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