Director Gavin O’Connor Talks About “WARRIOR”
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“Warrior” is a brilliant, heartfelt movie about the world of Mixed Martial Arts told from the battling points of view of two estranged brothers played by Tom Hardy (Tommy Conlon) and Joel Edgerton (Brendan Conlon).
I cried buckets watching this emotionally intense movie! Director Gavin O’Connor (“Miracle,” “Pride and Glory”) created a brilliant film about the hard road to redemption. Who knew MMA would make you cry?
In this interview, we talked abou:
*** What made him write and direct “Warrior?”
*** Nick Nolte’s character, and his habit of listening to the audio book of Herman Melville’s “Moby Dick?”
*** It’s a movie for boys and girl, and everyone in between! HA!
Transcripts / Production notes / Scripts
An ex-Marine haunted by a tragic past, Tommy Riordan returns to his hometown of Pittsburgh and enlists his father, a recovered alcoholic and his former coach, to train him for a mixed martial arts tournament awarding the biggest purse in the history of the sport. As Tommy blazes a violent path towards the title prize, his brother, Brendan, a former MMA fighter unable to make ends meet as a public school teacher, returns to the amateur ring to provide for his family. Even though years have passed, recriminations and past betrayals keep Brendan bitterly estranged from both Tommy and his father. But when Brendan's unlikely rise as an underdog sets him on a collision course with Tommy, the two brothers must finally confront the forces that tore them apart, all the while waging the most intense, winner-takes-all battle of their lives.
Genres: Action/Adventure and Drama Running Time: 2 hr. 19 min. Release Date: September 9th, 2011 (wide) MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sequences of intense mixed martial arts fighting, some language and thematic material. Distributors:
Cast and Credits
Starring: Tom Hardy, Joel Edgerton, Nick Nolte, Jennifer Morrison
Directed by: Gavin O'Connor
Produced by: Gavin O'Connor, Greg O'Connor
Year of Production: 2011
Country: United States