Monday, March 26, 2012



Warrior is a 2011 American sports drama film directed by Gavin O'Connor and starring Tom Hardy, Joel Edgerton, and Nick Nolte. Warrior tells the story of two estranged brothers entering a mixed martial arts tournament, and deals with the brothers' struggling relationship with each other and with their father. The film was released on September 9, 2011 to overall positive reviews, and earned an Academy Award nomination for Nolte. Warrior is dedicated to the memory of Charles Lewis Jr., as seen just before the ending credits.

* Joel Edgerton as Brendan Conlon
* Tom Hardy as Tommy Conlon
* Nick Nolte as Paddy Conlon
* Jennifer Morrison as Tess Conlon
* Frank Grillo as Frank Campana
* Kurt Angle as Koba
* Kevin Dunn as Principal Joe Zito
* Denzel Whitaker as Stephon
* Erik Apple as Pete "Mad Dog" Grimes
* Nate Marquardt as Karl Kruller
* Anthony "Rumble" Johnson as Orlando "Midnight" Lee
* Josh Rosenthal as himself
* Bryan Callen as himself
* Rashad Evans as himself

Described by critics as "heartbreaking and emotionally satisfying," "really gripping," and "an unapologetic powerhouse of emotional conflict," and self-described as a "rousing ode to redemption, reconciliation and the power of the human spirit," Warrior has received the most praise for the emotional approach it takes to the themes of forgiveness and "the enduring bonds of family" that it explores. In their review, Common Sense Media cites unconditional love as a major theme, further explaining that "some weighty issues" such as estrangement and alcoholism are dealt with.

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