R | | Action, Crime, Drama
When heavyweight champion George "Iceman" Chambers lands in prison, the resident gangster arranges a boxing match with the reigning prison champ.
Walter Hill had always wanted to make a boxing film, being a fan of the sport since he was young. "Some say Hollywood movies that are made about boxing, are just metaphors for other things, I think I've made one that's actually about boxing, and not a metaphor."
George 'Iceman' Chambers:
You wanna hit me?
James 'Ratbag' Kroycek: What, are you kidding?
George 'Iceman' Chambers: You can say you did it. "I punched the heavyweight champ." Might even make you feel good about your little punk-ass self.
The movie stated that Sweetwater Prison is a Level 5 facility. California prisons do not have level 5 facilities. The classification level of every prison in California goes from Level 1 through Level 4. Level 1 is minimum and level 4 is maximum security. Examples of Level 4 facilities include Pelican Bay State Prison and High Desert State Prison.
There are no opening credits listing the actors real names. Instead, their character's name, crimes, gang affiliation, and conviction year are listed as they are introduced.
$347,514 (Europe) (31 May 2002)
$12,398,628 (USA) (6 October 2002)