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Warrior
Warrior“A family driven apart by a drunken,
  abusive father faces further torment
  when two estranged brothers are
 
driven back to their early successes
  as professional fighters, one by a
  threat of bankruptcy and the other
  a promise to a dead friend, in the
  exciting and emotional Warrior..
.”

A RECOVERING ALCOHOLIC, RETIRED BOXER Paddy Conlon (brilliantly played by Oscar-nominee Nick Nolte: The Thin Red Line; Hotel Rwanda) has lived alone in Pittsburgh since his wife left him, citing his abusive behaviour and taking their youngest son. Paddy has not seen either him or his married elder son for years.

One day his youngest son, ex-wrestler Tommy (Tom Hardy: Inception; The Dark Knight Rises), turns up unannounced on his doorstep after fourteen years. He is antagonistic towards his father and wants only one thing: for his father to become his trainer in order for him to win a coveted mixed martial arts tournament. He does not tell his father why he needs the money so badly.

Meanwhile in Philadelphia his estranged brother, Physics teacher Brendan (Joel Edgerton: Animal Kingdom; The Thing) is facing an unexpected financial crisis. The Bank is refusing to allow him any leeway and is threatening to repossess his home in ninety days. Brendan is married to Tess (Jennifer Morrison) and they have two little girls. He is determined that they should not suffer and, despite originally agreeing with Tess that their children should not have a father who fights, he starts to think about his old profession.

In desperation he takes part in an informal fight held in the car park of a strip club and is suspended from his teaching job, without pay. He has no choice other than to look for more fights and goes to see his old friend Frank Grillo (Frank Campana), whom he persuades to train him. Eventually a chance accident finds him working towards the martial arts tournament, little realising that one of those he is going up against will be his brother.

But Tommy, an ex-Marine who is now using his mother's maiden name of Reardon and who still bears grudges against both his father and his brother, has secrets. One is an act of heroism during his time in Iraq; but the other is something that could bring him more trouble than he has bargained for.

The ultimate test of a fighter becomes the ultimate test for a family and the stage is set for a climactic confrontation between the two warring brothers. Can they set aside their differences if one of them is declared the winner and, if so, how will the other fare? The resulting conflict will dig deep into old wounds, but the brothers may discover that their family is also worth fighting for.

Warrior has been described as a "staggering and rousing look at one of the fastest-emerging modern sports" and an "epically thrilling and moving portrait of a family at war with itself". Not fans of contact sports, we nevertheless found Warrior a highly exciting, emotionally-stirring film that has an incredible cast — led by the extraordinary Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton and established favourite Nick Nolte — that keeps you personally involved with the story. A noteworthy film that you won't want to miss.

The film has deservedly been awarded Five Stars by Empire and Four Stars by The Daily Telegraph, Sunday Mirror, The Sun, The Daily Star, Nuts, Heat and Metro. Warrior also features: Denzel Whitaker as Stephon; Kevin Dunn as Principle Zito; Maximiliano Hernández as Colt Boyd; Carlos Miranda as Tito; Fernando Funan Chien as Fenroy; Jake McLaughlin as Mark Bradford; Vanessa Martinez as Pilar Fernandez; Bryan Callen as himself; and Sam Sheridan as himself.

Music is by Mark Isham; Director of Photography is Masanobu Takuyanagi; Screenplay is by Gavin O'Connor and Anthony Tambakis and Cliff Dorfman; Story by Gavin O'Connor and Cliff Dorfman; Produced by Gavin O'Connor and Greg O'Connor; and Directed by Gavin O'Connor (Miracle).

Two of cinema's hottest rising stars collide in Warrior, a gripping and blistering combination of classical storytelling and Twenty-First Century combat, available to own and rent on Blu-ray, DVD Double Play, DVD and Download from 20 February 2012. DVD: £19.99; Blu-ray: £24.99.

Special Features Include: An exclusive in-feature commentary with cast and crew on the Blu-ray; plus insightful documentaries about the casting, the training and the art of the sport.

"Warrior is a highly exciting, emotionally-stirring film that has an incredible cast… a noteworthy film you won't want to miss" — Maggie Woods, MotorBar