Directed By: David Mamet Starring: Chjwetel Ejiofor

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A fateful event leads to a job in the film business for top mixed-martial arts instructor mike terry. Though he refuses to participate in prize bouts, circumstances conspire to force him to consider entering such a competition. Featuring ufc heavyweight champion randy couture!


Studio Sony
SKU 208385781
UPC 043396261686
UPC 14 00043396261686
Format DVD
Release Date 5/15/2012
Rating Rating
Film About Film
Martial Arts
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Actor Chiwetel Ejiofor follows his turn in AMERICAN GANGSTER by taking the lead role in this thoughtful fight movie from writer/director David Mamet. Ejiofor plays Mike Terry, a man who runs his own Jiu-jitsu studio in Los Angeles. Terry's business is failing, causing tension between him and his wife, Sondra (Alice Braga). But their lives change drastically when Terry is compelled to come to the aid of an actor, Chet Frank (Tim Allen), during a bar fight. Frank befriends Terry and invites him to come and work as a consultant on a movie he is shooting. Just as Terry's fortunes seem to be changing, he finds himself caught up in a deceitful plan that has been carefully hatched by Frank's devious agent (who is played by Mamet regular Joe Mantegna). With his debts piling up, Terry decides to go against all his instincts and enter the competitive fighting world, where he stands to win a huge cash prize. But the good-natured fighter is in for a shock when he gets a close-up glimpse of the corruption that runs rife throughout the sport.^REDBELT is full of the usual plot twists and fine performances that mark any Mamet movie. It's fascinating to watch the director draw on his longstanding passion for Jiu-jitsu to fill out the storyline, and Ejiofor does a convincing job as a man who draws on the discipline of the sport to stay calm during some testing times. As with many Mamet films, a series of cons are liberally sprinkled throughout the script, calling on viewers to remain alert as each strand of the storyline slowly unravels. The bulk of the movie is conversational, shying away from the action sequences that mark most fight movies, and making REDBELT an unusual and invaluable addition to the genre.
Rolling Stone 3 stars out of 4 -- "Ejiofor confirms his status as one of the best actors anywhere....The resonant stillness he brings to REDBELT pulls you in....Mamet is on his game, and that is a sight to see." 04/25/2008 p.91
USA Today 3 stars out of 4 -- "Anchored by a powerful and nuanced performance by Chiwetel Ejiofor, Mamet's latest writing and directing effort is a compelling drama about the world of martial arts fighting." 05/02/2008
Los Angeles Times "[T]ricky and engrossing....A contemporary noir with a samurai movie interior, as sincere, plaintive and strangely optimistic a movie as he's made." 05/02/2008
New York Times "[T]he film's visual moderation, contained scale and ambition keep it well tethered. It's a tight film purely if not simply, which of course also means it's about he struggle to live." 05/02/2008
Entertainment Weekly "Mamet regulars Ricky Jay and Joe Mantegna blend well with Mamet newbie Tim Allen, a treat as a spoiled-rotten aging Hollywood action star." -- Grade: B 05/09/2008 p.49
Premiere 3 stars out of 4 -- "REDBELT offers a good deal of Mametian red meat while also trying to break out of some of the strictures that Mamet's erected around his own work." 04/28/2008
Total Film 4 stars out of 5 -- "Ejiofor is superbly centered and authoritative, completely in command of Mamet's mantra-like dialogue." 11/01/2008 p.62
Empire 4 stars out of 5 -- "Standing out in a cracking cast, Ejiofor is electric as a man being slowly driven to breaking's enthralling and moving, proving that, even for David Mamet, actions can speak louder than words." 11/01/2008 p.66
David Mamet
Chjwetel Ejiofor
Cast & Crew
Ricky Jay - Star
Emily Mortimer - Star
Rebecca Pidgeon - Star
Tim Allen - Star
John Machado - Star
Rodrigo Santoro - Star
Joe Mantegna - Star
David Paymer - Star
Chjwetel Ejiofor - Star
Alice Braga - Star
Ray Mancini - Star
David Mamet - Screenwriter
Robert Elswit - Director of Photography
Stephen Endelman - Composer
Chrisann Verges - Producer
Rebecca Pidgeon - Music
David Mamet - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2008
Catalog ID 26168
UPC 00043396261686
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 99 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  2.40:1
ReviewSource The Onion A.V. Club
Review The film unravels a bit in the last few moments, amid unanswered story questions and a simplistic climax, but until that moment, Redbelt is Mamet's richest film of the decade. Having spent five years studying jujitsu himself, he's well familiar with the varying types of people who take up martial arts, and the complicated, insular scenes they create. His story is as steeped in the many mentalities of fighting as his past standout works were steeped in the language of police precincts and con artists. And while the physical combat is minimal?this is a character drama, not a traditional martial-arts film?the emotional battles are immense. Abandoning much of his familiar, artificially mannered dialogue, Mamet brings them across with a narrative directness that belies the complicated story, and Ejiofor adds in a riveting determination and strength. There's a sense that they both care immensely about what they're doing here, and that, above everything else, makes Redbelt stand out from Mamet's past experiments, games, and genre exercises.
Reviewer Tasha Robinson
ReviewRating 9
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.40:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), Dolby Surround Sound, French, Dubbed & Subtitled, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Actor Allen,Tim
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Chris Farnsworth, E! Online ...a thinking-man's Rocky.
Claudia Puig, USA Today ...a compelling drama about the world of martial arts fighting.
Kyle Smith, New York Post ...a typically strong brew of manliness and mystique.

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