Peaceful Warrior

Synopsis: Dan Millman has it all: good grades, a shot at the Olympic team on the rings and girls lining up for the handsome Berkely college athlete all teams mates look up to with envy. Only one man shakes his confidence, an anonymous night gas station attendant, who like Socrates, keeps questioning every assumption in his life. Then a traffic crash shatters Dan's legs, and his bright future. Now Socrates's life coaching is to make or break Dan's revised ambition.
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sport
Director(s): Victor Salva
Production: Universal
Rotten Tomatoes:
120 min


Breathing pretty heavy

over there.

Just a dream.


You sure you're okay?

Do you want me to leave

or something?

No, stay.

I'm gonna go get some air.

You know you got

two different shoes on,


One's a little newer

than the other.

Anything else?

Thanks for stopping by.

What the hell

did you just do?

How did you get up there?


Be strong, fellows.

We going, baby. Come on.

One of us has to move

on some of that.

Oh, yeah?

Well, some of us already have.

Hi, Dory.

Hey, Tommy. Hey, Dan!

Looking good,

all right.

Thanks, Trev.

Referring to the endless array

of women, d*ckhead.

How can they all

be in love with me?

Exactly, how can they?

Incoming, gentlemen.

Oh, my sweet mama and papa.

See that smile she gave us?

Yeah. Looked like

a toothpaste ad.

Whitest teeth

I've ever come across.

Faster, faster!

Punch hard, punch hard.

Heel! Good!

All right, Jensen.

You work hard

and you get results.

That's how it happens.

Nice, Kyle.


Now, who else

has some good stuff

to show me today, huh?

All right, Millman. Nice.

Tight. Lower your shoulders.

Good. Keep it tight.

Good, good.

I want to show you

something, Coach.

Don't waste energy.

Keep that mouth shut.


Millman. Millman!

Sorry, Coach.

Sorry doesn't mean anything.

I can do this.

I've been working on it.

Get over here!

Nobody on this planet can do

what you are trying to do.

You are great up there, Danny.

You're one of the best

I've seen.

You're gonna rank even higher

than you did last year,

and you might make it

through all the qualifiers if

you don't

kill yourself first.

Tommy, you're up.

What's he trying to do?

Three consecutive flips

before he dismounts.

Anybody ever done that?


That's why

he's trying to do it.

Thinks it's gonna make him

lord of the rings.

Only, with Middleman, it's where

he tries to tear both arms

out of their sockets.

All right,

the next qualifying heat

is six weeks from today,

and you know what I say.

Don't think

this is gonna happen

just 'cause you're pretty

and can do a handstand.

You think I'm kidding?

And I've got footage

of your competition

you need to see again.

Help you with something?

You can tell me

how you did it.

You like things explained.

Don't you?


How we doing tonight?


That roof's gotta be

at least 10,

maybe 12 feet high.

No human

can make a vertical leap

over four or five feet, tops.

I know. I'm a gymnast.

Toughest men's sport

in the world.

Most people don't know that.

The Spartans of ancient Greece

were gymnasts, too.

They vaulted over bulls.

Trained their elite warriors

that way.

Did you know that?

I know more than you think.

And you think

more than you know.

But knowledge is

not the same as wisdom.

Yeah? What's the difference?

You know how to clean

a windshield, right?


Wisdom is doing it.

I train seven days a week,

Why so much?

Are you serious?

I am a heartbeat away

from qualifying.

Qualifying for what?

You watch the Olympics?


Thanks for stopping by.

Look, even as good as I am,

I gotta do everything I can

to make sure that I qualify.

There's a lot you'd

have to know before you could

understand what you saw.

Go. Ask me.

Ask me something.

Ask me anything.

Are you happy?

You said

I could ask you anything.

What does happy

have to do with anything?


My dad's got plenty of cash,

school's kind of a breeze,

I get straight A's.

I got great friends,

I'm in great shape,

and I only sleep alone

when I absolutely want to.

So why can't you

sleep at night?

Yesterday, you came here

at 3:
00 a.m. Now, tonight.

That's two nights in a row.

What are you? Some kind of

a Quickie Mart philosopher

or something like that?

You need some philosophy?

No, thanks, Socrates.

I get enough at school.

Last question.

If you don't make

the Olympic team,

what will you do?

If I don't what?

You must have thought

about it.

What the hell

are you talking about?

What's the problem?

I don't even know

what I'm doing here.

You're a freak.

And I don't need you

freaking me out.



Your exit sign's lit, Middleman.



Hey, there, beautiful thing.

So, this is what you do

for fun.




Did I pick up that maybe

you and Dory hooked up

the other night?

Come on, Dan-o.

It's all you.


She told you that?

Is it true?

We're supposed to be friends,


What does

that mean, exactly?

It means you're a jerk

who treats his friends

like dirt.

Somebody grab my beers.

Somebody grab mine!

Hey! Hey! Hey!

Come on, guys.

Hey, Dan, what's the matter

with you, man?

With friends like you,

who needs a**holes, right,


Calm down.


You want to fight Tommy?

Who does he think he is?

He's pissed at you, all right?

Is it true?

I thought Dory was old news.

All right?

So, excuse me

if she comes

banging on my door.

Why? Why, Dan?

Listen to yourself.

Dory was Tommy's girl.

I said I thought it was over!

Just go back

to your party, man.

Okay. Yeah, I will.


You want these?

You're really cute.



Susie, you okay?



What's the matter?

Couldn't sleep again?

What would you say

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Kevin Bernhardt

Kevin Bernhardt is an American screenwriter, film actor, television actor, and producer. Bernhardt is best known as a screenwriter, with over 25 screenplays produced in as many years. Bernhardt started as an actor in TV, with SERIES REGULAR ROLES on Dynasty in 1990 and General Hospital (1985–1988). Following that, he had a dozen lead film roles until the mid-90's - when he began seeing his screenplays produced - and decided to focus on writing. more…

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