A TWO-FISTED TALE ABOUT TOUGH TEENS WHO FIGHT IN CHICAGO'S UNDERGROUND BOXING SCENE. SPECIAL FEATURES: FULL SCREEN AND WIDESCREEN VERSIONS, 2-CHANNEL DOLBY SURROUND, LANGUAGES: ENGLISH AND SPANISH, SUBTITLES IN ENGLISH, SP... more »ANISH, FRENCH, PORTUGUESE, CHINESE, KOREAN AND THAI, AND MUCH MORE.« less
"Tommy Riley (James Marshall) goes to a different school and is immediately bullied around and threatened by several of the school's students. After getting in a street fight, Pappy Jack (Robert Loggia) notices Tommy's strong and fierce punch and invites him to be a boxer. Tommy was formerly a boxing champion before coming to this school and his record is undefeated. This town is full of gangs and violence, and one day Tommy helps a black boxer named Lincoln (Cuba Gooding, Jr.), and they then have a good friendship. Tommy is now making good money being a boxer and he has some friends, but something just doesn't seem right. "Gladiator" is an exciting boxing and drama movie. What makes it so great is not only the exciting fights, but the great acting by everybody in the movie, mainly James Marshall, Cuba Gooding, Jr., and Tommy's promoter, Jimmy Horn (Brian Dennehy). If you like exciting boxing movies that have a plot or just great movies in general, I recommend getting "Gladiator.""
Good fun boxing movie..
Reginald M. Lumagui | San Jose, CA USA | 08/03/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"After seeing some of the reviews, I decided to go ahead and buy this movie as well. I was very pleased and enjoyed the movie. It's nothing serious like the first two Rocky movies, but light hearted action fun. It pretty quick paced so you don't get bored. I'd compare it more to being similar to Rocky IV in terms of pacing. The story is simple enough about a young, white boxer who, through a turn of bad luck, finds himself in the poorhouse and has to box to settle his dad's gambling debts. The acting is believable unlike the recent Star Wars Attack of the Clones fiasco. Cuba Gooding and James Marshall both put in great performances. The boxing, although a little over the top sometimes,is still great to see although I'd like to have seen longer training sequences. The quality of the dvd picture is great as well. What they don't mention on Amazon's techincal data is that the dvd has both a widescreen and standard full format presentation on either side of the disc so you can watch the movie whatever way you want. I'd definitely recommend this disc for the boxing movie enthusiast."
Gladiator - Cuba Gooding Jr., & James Marshall
Scott LaBone | York Haven, Pa USA | 01/18/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Excellent Movie. One of my favorite movies that these actors made together.
Cuba Gooding Jr. is great in this movie, no wonder he is a great movie star and James Marshall doesn't get enough credit as an actor, he needs to play more roles like this... they way the filmed this movie was great... old fashion, made you feel you were right there with them.
Cuba Gooding Jr. was an upcoming star at this point, it just was starting out in his carrer... look at him now.
GREAT MOVIE... GET IT.. YOU'LL ENJOY IT."
A hard hitting boxing drama with great characters and action
Scott LaBone | 08/06/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"A terrific movie about underground boxing, teenagers caught in the web of a viscious promoter and the ultimate triumph of friendship. There was humor and great action to go with a compelling story. I loved it."
"The True Side Of Boxing"
GO-FOR-IT-@WEBTV.NET | San Diego | 05/14/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Terrific movie about a crooked promoter who shows what Boxing is about...Business and greed...Money and Power...Sad But True...I Recommend it...Fine performance by all actors..."