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Undisputed (2002)



Critic Consensus: While not the deepest boxing movie out there, Undisputed is successful at hitting its aspiration of being nothing more than a genre picture.

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Director and screenwriter Walter Hill returns to one of his favorite themes -- desperate and violent men using force to escape from an unforgiving environment -- in this action drama set behind bars. Monroe Hutchen (Wesley Snipes) was once a promising heavyweight contender until he was convicted of murder and sentenced to life without parole at the Sweetwater maximum security prison in California. Now, Hutchen boxes behind bars, and he's become the champion of a loosely organized prison fighting circuit. When heavyweight champion James "Iceman" Chambers (Ving Rhames) enters Sweetwater after being convicted of rape, Hutchens finds the serious competitor in the same lockup for the first time, though Chambers scoffs at the jailhouse champ. After Hutchens challenges the arrogant Chambers to a bout, aging mafioso Emmanuel "Mendy" Ripstein (Peter Falk) swings a deal that will earn Chambers an early release from prison and pull in a million dollars in bets from guards and inmates if the two men will meet in the ring for a last-man-standing bout without referees. Undisputed also features Michael Rooker, Fisher Stevens, rapper Master P, and former Yo! MTV Raps host Ed Lover.

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Wesley Snipes
as Monroe Hutchen
Ving Rhames
as George `Iceman' Chambers
Peter Falk
as Mendy Ripstein
Michael Rooker
as A.J. Mercker
Jon Seda
as Chuy Campos
Wes Studi
as Mingo Pace
Ed Lover
as Marvin Bonds
Master P
as Rapper No. 1
Silkk the Shocker
as Rapper No. 2
as Rapper No. 3
as Rapper No. 4
Dayton Callie
as Yank Lewis
Nils Allen Stewart
as Vern Van Zandt
Denis Arndt
as Warden Lipscomb
Jim Lampley
as Himself
Amy Aquino
as Darlene Early
Rose Rollins
as Tawnee Rawlins
Byron Minns
as Saladin
Maureen O'Boyle
as Interviewer
Nicholas Cascone
as Barry Pearl
Bruce A. Young
as Charles Soward
Taylor Young
as Emily Byrne
Susan Dalian
as Jonelle
J.W. Smith
as Mess Guard
Peter Jason
as Oakland TV Announcer
Ken Medlock
as Guard 1
George Grigas
as Towner Guard 1
Chris Wynne
as Central Security Guard
George Christy
as Reporter 1
Heidi Jo Markel
as Reporter 2
Jim Hensz
as Reporter 3
Toby Gibson
as Referee
Elaine Kagan
as Lady Judge
Sandra Vidal
as Fight Fan
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Critic Reviews for Undisputed

All Critics (106) | Top Critics (38)

Drawing on torn-from-the-headlines events and B-movie history, Hill and his co-writer, David Giler, fill out their premise with hardboiled irony and gusto.

April 3, 2017 | Full Review…

A forgettable prison boxing movie.

December 29, 2010 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

With flashbulb editing as cover for the absence of narrative continuity, Undisputed is nearly incoherent, an excuse to get to the closing bout ... by which time it's impossible to care who wins.

September 26, 2002

Hill looks to be going through the motions, beginning with the pale script.

September 6, 2002 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Walter Hill's prison-boxing flick Undisputed could have been a great B, but it represents a failure of nerve.

August 30, 2002

A shrewd and splendidly volatile B movie structured around a highly original gambit of suspense.

August 29, 2002 | Rating: B+

Audience Reviews for Undisputed

The Mike Tyson story this could be, Mr Chambers (Rhames) goes to jail for an accusation of rape and becomes an even bigger media typhoon than he was before. At first I didn't think much of the film to be honest, it was cliched and kinda boring really plus Rhames as 'Chambers' was an annoying character who you wanted to see beaten. I soon discovered that my feelings towards Chambers actually fuelled my enjoyment as the film continues and Snipes character 'Monroe' comes into play. The tense build up between the two up to the obvious finale does get you going. Lets not get over excited here this is your typical 'Rocky-ish' story with all the usual characters, dialog and scenes, not original but a good beat em up when the fists fly. The final fight is well done and you do feel the blows as Snipes and Rhames match up and sweat over each other, I'm pretty sure Rhames would win in a real fight though as he looks pretty darn solid.

Phil Hubbs
Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

A solid prison drama with strong performances by Wesley Snipes and Ving Rhames, but the film lacks in any form of human emotion or character study and just leaves a dark shell that isn't totally filled and makes you feel unsatisfied. But it's not to say it isn't well-crafted from it's director, Walter Hill. It also has one of the best boxing showdowns shown in a film since the original Rocky and Raging Bull.

Al S
Al S

Super Reviewer

Not a film that holds your attention well. Overacted, over the top on the fight sound effects, hugely energetic fighting for a heavyweight fight. You really are not missing out on anything by skipping this film.

Lady D'arbanville
Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer

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