Release Date: August 23, 2002
Moved up from October 18, 2002


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In a film that is surely reminiscent of real-life events, Ving Rhames plays James "Iceman" Chambers, a heavyweight boxing champion who is convicted of rape and sentenced to prison. Apparently, the warden allows a limited amount of boxing to take place at the prison, and an old-time con (Peter Falk) arranges a fight between Chambers and the undisputed prison champion, played by Wesley Snipes. Master P is also featured in a supporting role.

Undisputed is directed by Walter Hill, who is probably best known as the writer/director of 48 Hours and Streets of Fire, but has most recently directed Supernova. He co-wrote the film with David Giler, with whom he had previously collaborated on Alien3 and Southern Comfort.

Miramax has just given the film a release date of November 9th, basically on the heels of MGM's decision to push Windtalkers to the summer of 2002. The marketing machine at Miramax is ever formidable; nonetheless, I would expect Undisputed to have somewhat limited appeal, particularly since early reviews make it apparent that neither Rhames nor Snipes is a sympathetic character. Once trailers hit theaters, we'll have a better indication of the film's potential quality. (Kim Hollis/BOP)

February 21, 2002
The film has been pushed to a fall release of October 18, 2002. Originally scheduled for November of 2001, Undisputed will now open nearly a year after initially planned. (Kim Hollis/BOP)

March 9, 2002
Undisputed gets caught in the Miramax release date shuffle once again. Has now been moved up two weeks to October 4th. (Kim Hollis/BOP)

April 19, 2002
...and back it goes to October 18th. (Kim Hollis/BOP)

July 19, 2002
The trailer for the film has been showing again in recent weeks and the release date has been bumped up to August. (Kim Hollis/BOP)

Vital statistics for Undisputed
Main Cast Ving Rhames, Wesley Snipes
Supporting Cast Peter Falk, Steve Heinze, Ed Lover, Master P, Michael Rooker, Jon Seda, Fisher Stevens, Wes Studi, James Toney
Director Walter Hill
Screenwriter David Giles, Walter Hill
Distributor Miramax
Trailer Click Here for Trailer
Official Site http://www.miramax.com/undisputed/
Rating R
Running Time 94 minutes
Screen Count 1,117
Talent in red has entry in The Big Picture

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