‘Grudge Match’ Trailer: Raging Bull Versus Rocky Balboa

Published 2 years ago by , Updated September 13th, 2013 at 6:41 am,

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At 70 and 67 years young, respectively, Robert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone don’t seem to be slowing down much in terms of acting. While De Niro seems to pop up in almost everything, Stallone has managed to stay in the spotlight with the Expendables franchise. So, moviegoers shouldn’t be surprised to see the two share the screen together as retired fighters in the boxing comedy Grudge Match this Christmas, especially considering both legends have had iconic roles as professional fighters – Jake LaMotta in Raging Bull and Rocky Balboa in Rocky 1-6.

Grudge Match tells the story of the boxing rivalry between Pittsburgh brawlers Billy “The Kid” McDonnen (De Niro) and Henry “Razor” Sharp (Stallone). They fought twice in their prime, with each man scoring a victory, but before they could square off for one last decisive bout, Sharp suddenly announced his retirement in 1983, prompting McDonnen to hang up the gloves as well. However, 30 years later, the two bitter rivals – now old curmudgeons- are convinced by a persuasive promoter (Kevin Hart) to jump back in the ring to settle things once and for all.

The film is directed by Peter Segal (Get Smart) and written by Tim Kelleher and Rodney Rothman based on Kelleher’s original story. Along with its two elder leads and comedian Kevin Hart (Think Like a Man), the film stars Jon Bernthal (The Walking Dead) as The Kid’s untested trainer, Alan Arkin (Argo) as Razor’s former trainer and Kim Basinger (L.A. Confidential) as Razor’s former love. See the cast at work in the debut trailer above.

While it would appear these actors have played these parts before, Raging Bull or Rocky this film is not. In Grudge Match, sparring – both physical and verbal – is played for comedic effect, and in the trailer, there are actually quite a few laughs to be had. The premise certainly sets up plenty of “I’m too old for this”-type one-liners, but the majority of the humor in the clip comes from professional funnyman Hart and Arkin.

Grudge Match Sylvester Stallone Robert De Niro Grudge Match Trailer: Raging Bull Versus Rocky Balboa

Of course, the film’s biggest draw is the match-up between the two leads. Amazingly, Stallone still looks like he could really fight, whereas De Niro…well, maybe not so much. However, even that bit is referenced in the trailer, proving that the film is aware of where its laughs should come from.

For fans of the two leads, the most enjoyable part of the trailer (and possibly the movie) will likely be the not-so-subtle nods to their classic boxing films, including Stallone’s character training in the Rocky meat locker and De Niro’s character gaining weight after retirement, a la Jake LaMotta in Raging Bull.

Will you be seeing De Niro and Stallone duke it out in Grudge Match? Let us know in the comments.


Grudge Match hits theaters Christmas Day, 2013.

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  1. I’d rather see a GOOD fight: The Tidybowl Man versus Poppin’ Fresh. Or Aunt Jemima versus Mrs. Butterworth. Oh what a card that would be!

    • Transformers vs. Gobots!

  2. Looks good.

  3. Of course, the film’s biggest draw is the match-up between the two leads. Amazingly, Stallone still looks like he could really fight, whereas De Niro…well, maybe not so much. However, even that bit is referenced in the trailer, proving that the film is aware of where its laughs should come from.

  4. Deniro brings so much to the screen…its worth it just to watch him and sly go at it verbally let alone in the ring….

  5. Looks like a mildly fun film. Surprised how small Stallone really is, when seeing him in comparison to Deniro. I thought he would have been hulking over him, but not really.

  6. old ass f*ckers

    • They’re milking this for all they can. Worthless.

    • >jon: They say, if you can’t say anything nice: don’t say anything at all. Goof.

  7. Looks like it could be fun! Though i havent seen the rocky films (yet) i still got the meatlocker reference and thought it was funny.

    • Yeah, that was good!

    • Rocky: Classic

      Rocky II: Solid sequel

      Rocky III: Dated, but fun if you miss the 80′s

      Rocky IV: So bad it’s fun

      Rocky V: DON”T WATCH IT!

      Rocky Balboa: Great film. A little too cheesy at times and maybe has too many references to the original, but if you liked the original, you will definitely like this one.

      Good series over all, you should check it out :)

      • There was NOT too many references to the original. It tied in neatly and I would say this movie belongs in a trilogy. It should be Rocky I, Rocky II and Rocky Balboa, as far as quality and story goes. The others are merely late night cinema, but I dont know why Rocky 5 gets such a bad rap. The only downside of the film is the fight at the end and the cheesy moments during that sequence. The rest is solid.

        Balboa wasnt so much cheesy, it was different. We never saw Rocky that emotional since the first one. He was mourning, and he really was alone and almost forsaken. Look at how his life was after losing his wife and after all the amazing fights he had. He seemed to be nothing more than a relic of a period in boxing, that is only remember via history and random folks (and his restaurant of course). Theres a feeling that he gave his all and doesnt have much to show for it.

        The movie’s dialogue in certain areas is really motivational and speech-y, versus conversation dialogue, but it works.

  8. I just watched the trailer. I think that the movie has the potential to be funny. I’m intrigued.

  9. kevin hart retort back killed ” What was jesus like i am curious was he cool” is so funny This looks awesome can`t wait

  10. This looks like a lot of fun. Not anything amazing, but this does look like a good matinee film.

  11. There is no way I’m not seein’ this!!

  12. Oh so many of you are bitter and worn souls. Go drink some sugar!

    Looks like a fun film with some great moments. Good on them.