Synopsis: Is there room for principle in Los Angeles? Mike Terry teaches jujitsu and barely makes ends meet. His Brazilian wife, whose family promotes fights, wants to see Mike in the ring making money, but to him competition is degrading. A woman sideswipes Mike's car and then, after an odd sequence of events, shoots out the studio's window. Later that evening, Mike rescues an action movie star in a fistfight at a bar. In return, the actor befriends Mike, gives him a gift, offers him work on his newest film, and introduces Mike's wife to his own - the women initiate business dealings. Then, things go sour all at once, Mike's debts mount, and going into the ring may be his only option.
Genre: Drama, Sport
Director(s): David Mamet
Production: Sony Pictures Classics
  1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
99 min

Tie them up.

The hands are not the issue.

The fight is the issue.

The battle is the issue.

Who imposes the terms of the battle,

will impose the terms of the peace.

- You think he has a handicap?

- No.

The other guy has a handicap,

if he cannot control himself.

You control yourself,

you control him.

Take him to court.

A man distracted is a man defeated.

That's right.

You've heard that before, huh?

Try it again.

- Take him to court.

- Taking him to court.

Good, got him down.

The fight is over.

That's it.

The fight is over.

Finish it here.

It is over.

Ok, improve the position.

Improve the position.

Keep the weight on his head.

What next?

Watch the slam.

Keep your head up.

Nice. Nice.

You felt that, huh?


Keep it back.


Ok, improve.

Breath, breath.

Good. Good.

You felt that. Good.


Improve the position.

Improve the position. Good.


Take him to Brazil.

Good. Good.

Arm grip. See that.


Triangle. Hold.

Insist. Insist on him.

Insist on the move.


Now, what?

Breath. Breath. Breath.


Good hit.


Breath. Breath.

Breath. You know the escape.

You know the escape.

Breath. Breath.

There's always an escape.

You know the escape.

You know the escape.


There's always an escape.

I'm passing out.

All right.

Great class.

Great class.

- C'mon buddy.

- Great.

Hey, stick around.

You don't fight your way clear?

I was passing out.

There is no situation,

you cannot escape from.

You know the escape.

You know the escape,

show it to me.

Show it to me.

Show me the escape.

Good, good.

You know the escape.

You just got tired.

What's the lesson?

- Don't get tired.

- Let the other guy get tired.

You want to fight like a black belt, huh?

You want to test for the black belt?

Snowflake, give him his wish.

Alright, raise your hands.

Your hands, get them right up.

Concentrate on the fight.



Did you tell me

this training saved your life?

This is how you would pay me?

Breath through it,

the moves work.

Defend the neck.

Take the fight out of your face.

Well, that's it.

Officer down.

That makes you mad.

Control your emotions.

Control your emotions!




Alright. Ok, that's it.

That's it.


Hit the showers and

come back in. Good.


- You're ok?

- Yeah.

- He is good, huh?

- Yeah, he is good.

Hi, I'm lost.

- I can't find the f***ing pharmacy.

- What?

I don't know.

Well, you said I have to find it

before eight o'clock.

Thank you.


Hey, hey.


Hey, stop.

Answer the phone.

Hi, yeah I missed the guy.

He needed your help with some

of those things.

No, a regular doctor is not going to

fill the prescription.


Because he is closed.

The prescription is not going to

stand up at a straight pharmacy.

Alright, but I need...

Alright, ok.


Hi, this is Sondra Terry with

Southside Ju-Jitsu.

Yeah, I have your

invoice number 20903.

Yeah, you indicate that you didn't

receive our payment.

Ok, but...

On my record it shows that...

Look, I'm trying to run a business

just like you.

I'll wait.

As all the world knows,

tomorrow is Wednesday.

So we will be on Wednesday schedule.

Beginning self defense.

I am watching the match.

You going to have to train if you

want that black belt, officer Joe.


What you want the officer walk you home?

It's rough out there.

Well, after he gets his black belt

he can walk me to the car.

That will make me feel secure.

How is the belt going to make you feel secure?

I know his f***ing pants

are not going to fall down.

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David Mamet

David Alan Mamet is an American playwright, essayist, screenwriter, and film director. As a playwright, Mamet has won a Pulitzer Prize and received Tony nominations for Glengarry Glen Ross and Speed-the-Plow. more…

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