Grudge Match brings boxing film icons Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro together as two aging fighters looking to don the gloves for one last tie-breaking bout.
Due out in the holiday season of 2013, Robert De Niro (Raging Bull) and Sylvester Stallone (Rocky) are teaming up with director Peter Segal (Get Smart, Anger Management). The film chronicles two former retired pugilists as they get together for one last tie-breaker thirty years after their last match. The film also stars Kim Basinger, Jon Bernthal, Alan Arkin and Kevin Hart.
The trailer, released today, can be found right below for your viewing pleasure…
There are a few nods to the actors’ past roles right in the trailer, including one with Stallone about to take it to a giant slab in a meat locker, so expect some wink-wink references to their alternate cinema lives. This is a pretty blatant attempt to capitalize on a couple of the greatest boxing films of all time, yet another testament to the originality of the film industry.
Comedy has been a familiar ground for Robert De Niro lately while it has historically eluded Stallone’s films (Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot is a prime example), so it will be interesting to see how both will work together for the laughs.
Here’s the official synopsis from Warner Bros.:
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.
If anything, Alan Arkin and Kevin Hart going at each other with the verbal barbs should be enough to entertain the audiences. The movie is slated for release on Christmas Day in 2013.
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