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Redbelt [WS] [DVD] [2008]

  • SKU: 8926353
  • Release Date: 08/26/2008
  • Rating: R

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    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (4 out of 4)

    Special Features

    • Commentary with David Mamet and Randy Couture
    • Behind-the-scenes of Redbelt
    • Inside mixed martial
    • Q&A with David Mamet
    • An interview with Dana White
    • Fighter profiles
    • The magic of Cyril Takayama
    • Closed Captioned


    Tim Allen and Chiwetel Ejiofor co-star in writer/director David Mamet's martial arts drama Redbelt. Ejiofor plays Mike Terry, a jujitsu master who co-runs a very modest martial arts studio in Los Angeles with his bossy wife, Sondra (Alice Braga). Mike demonstrates an unwavering commitment to his craft and draws a cadre of defiantly loyal pupils including Joe (Max Martini), an LAPD cop. All told, it appears that he has chosen a peaceful and conflict-free path in life. The dedicated martial artist's fate takes an unanticipated turn, however, one evening when a young woman named Laura (Emily Mortimer) bursts into the academy in a state of near hysteria, and reaches for a policeman's gun when he tries to restrain her. One thing leads to another, and before long, Laura is regularly receiving martial arts lessons from Mike. As master begins to teach pupil and his martial arts philosophies emerge, his path also crisscrosses with that of a Hollywood movie star, Chet Frank (Tim Allen), when he saves the fellow from a beating at a local club and gets invited (along with Sondra) to Chet's house for dinner. Chet extends gestures of friendship, and Mike's guard breaks down; he speaks openly and candidly of a special martial arts method he employs that requires one of the participants to "assume a handicap." In time, the association with Chet leads to involvement in the motion-picture industry, and relations with a bevy of characters who aren't exactly what they seem -- including a pay-per-view fight mogul (Ricky Jay) and Chet's slimy and manipulative manager (Joe Mantegna). ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Chiwetel Ejiofor
      Chiwetel Ejiofor - Mike Terry
    • Emily Mortimer
      Emily Mortimer - Laura Black
    • Alice Braga
      Alice Braga - Sondra Terry
    • Tim Allen
      Tim Allen - Chet Frank
    • Joe Mantegna
      Joe Mantegna - Jerry Weiss

    Customer rating

    Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 4 reviews

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Sleeper Movie - Worth a Watch

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      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      I love this movie. It really gets under your skin and makes you root for the protagonist in the same way most boxing/sport movies do. If you're a fan of martial arts and this type of genre you will like this movie. And you will love it if you are willing to forgive some awkward plot holes and "what the heck" moments. This movie could have been so much more if a few things were explained better and given the proper attention. Some of the characters are pretty inconsistent and it leaves you confused and perhaps a little shocked.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      This movie is a "SLEEPER"!!


      I first borrowed "Redbelt" from public library and immediately took to it! After watching it a Ga-zillion times, I had to add it to my dvd collection... so I can watch it a few more Ga-zillion times! The philosophies taught are great lessons in "life" itself. Respect, honor and decency. It's not so much the "action" as it is the "code of the warrior" that is the central theme. There is nothing negative about this film. I HIGHLY recommend this film to any and everyone!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Wonderful action/drama movie

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      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      This movie is awesome! It centers around sticking to what you believe in no matter what people all around you are doing. A great movie with a great message of honor and dedication.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Overall Greatness

      • My Best Buy Premier Silver MemberElite Plus Member

      The movie has a way to draw you in keep you focused on everything while wondering what's going to happen next.

      I would recommend this to a friend

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