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Gladiator is the kind of boxing movie that goes that extra mile -- a self-loathing boxing saga that relishes in bare-knuckled sucker punches, illegal eye-rubs, and gentlemen boxers who obey the Marquis of Queensbury rules by drop-kicking opponents when the are not only down but unconscious. [[Performer~P45796~James Marshall~jamesmarshall]] plays Tommy Riley, a Windy City high school student conned into participating in the illegal underground boxing arenas of the South Side of Chicago. In high school, Tommy was a prize boxer, and this skill comes in handy when his Father ([[Performer~P31399~John Heard~johnheard]]) runs up a large gambling debt. When a sleazy boxing manager ([[Performer~P42988~Robert Loggia~robertloggia]]) spots Tommy defending himself during recess, he offers him quick money to box. Tommy, although he hates the sport, readily agrees, thinking his winnings will help his father pay off his debts. He quickly comes under the thumb of unscrupulous boxing promoter Horn ([[Performer~P18601~Brian Dennehy~briandennehy]]), who is involved in fight-fixing and dirty fighting. Manipulating the odds and exploiting his boxers make Horn rich and more venal. In the rancid environment, Tommy befriends another fighter, Lincoln (Cuba Gooding Jr.), a black fighter who sees fighting as his way out of poverty. Inevitably, Horn arranges for the two friends to duke it out in the ring together. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

  • Release date:March 6, 1992


Cuba Gooding, Jr.
as Lincoln
James Marshall
as Tommy Riley
Robert Loggia
as Pappy Jack
Ossie Davis
as Noah
Brian Dennehy
as Jimmy Horn
John Heard
as John Riley
Cara Buono
as Dawn
Lance Slaughter
as Shortcut
T.E. Russell
as Spits
Francesca Roberts
as Miss Higgins
Debra Sandlund
as Charlene
Harve Kolzow
as Timekeeper
Patrick Outlaw
as Lincoln's Opponent
Vonte Sweet
as Tidbits
Amanda Mackey-Johnson
John M. Watson, Sr.
as Hospital Patient
Debra Stipe
Hector Pena
as Tommy's Opponent
Laura Whyte
as Millie
Raul Salinas
as Teen in Classroom
David Burton
as Bettor
Desi Singh
as Bookie
Jill Kiblinger
as Teen in Diner
Anthony Fitzpatrick
as Collector
James "Ike" Eichling
as Cop on Take
Derek Anunciation
as Teen in Classroom
Jena Wynn
as Laura Lee
Marctwaine Nettles-Bey
as Teen in Classroom
Richard Lexsee
as Father in Park
Kevin M. Casey
as Collector
Joan Schwenk
as Secretary
Antoine Roshell
as Scarface
Tab Baker
as Storm Trooper
John Wilson
as 3rd Referee
Johnny Bellino
as Dawn's Father
Michael Glienna
as Black Death Corner Man
Tak Fujimoto
Johnny Lira
as Bookie
Mik Scriba
as 1st Referee
Tony Gios
as Bookie
Blake Dollard
as Heavyweight Fighter
Chilton Shellito
as Bettor
Jon Seda
as Romano
Mike Nussbaum
as Doctor
Virgil Strauss
as 2nd Referee


Rowdy Herrington
Frank Price
Stephen J. Roth
Djordje Milicevic
Robert Mark Kamen
Lyle Kessler
Nicholas Kazan
Tak Fujimoto
Glenn Williams
Musical Direction/Supervision
Brad Fiedel
Composer (Music Score)
Jerry Goldsmith
Composer (Music Score)
Harry B. Miller III
Peter Zinner
Kenneth Utt
Production Designer
Gregg Fonseca
Production Designer
Jay R. Hart
Set Designer
Jim Nickerson