Born a Champion

 (3,696)7.01 h 51 min2021R
Dennis Quaid and Sean Patrick Flanery headline this powerful underdog story about a beaten jujitsu fighter who gets a second shot at glory when a rematch with his foe is declared.
Directors
Alex Ranarivelo
Starring
Sean Patrick FlaneryDennis Quaid
Genres
SportsDocumentaryAdventureAction
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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Producers
Ali AfsharAva Rettke
Studio
Lionsgate
Rating
R (Restricted)
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3696 global ratings

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  2. 17% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 10% of reviews have 3 stars
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James Gill, cpl USMC, 1969-1979Reviewed in the United States on January 25, 2021
5.0 out of 5 starsSemper Fidelis ( always faithful)
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Hard hitting, entertaining and true to the Marine moto; Semper Fidelis, meaning always faithful, to the corps, to the family, to yourself and to God!
This is one of the best movies about the people in martial arts as well as MMA, that I have seen, in my short life of 70 years. I recommend it!
20 people found this helpful
RetroChick76Reviewed in the United States on January 24, 2021
5.0 out of 5 starsIf Rocky did BJJ...
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What a delicious movie. The pacing and the tone of the story telling, the practice sessions and the conversations between Mickey and his family and his students all remind me of life in a BJJ academy. For all of the fierceness and brutality built into jiu jitsu techniques, there's a gentleness too. We don't hurt our training partners.

I figure out life problems and issues by training and playing jiu jitsu. As in the movie, you take care of your business, leave it all on the mat. Then, go back to your regular life.

Thank you to the makers of this movie. Because of the pandemic, people aren't training and some BJJ schools are closing. We need to keep this martial art alive for generations to come. Hopefully, this movie will inspire new people to join in and others to continue training, despite their age or physical limitations.
11 people found this helpful
Marlon R.Reviewed in the United States on February 1, 2021
5.0 out of 5 starsBrazilian Jiu Jitsu Practioner and hopeless Romantic
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As a long time martial artist of Tae Kwon Do, Aikido, Muay Thai, and of the recent BJJ (purple belt)... I appreciated that this character reflected a lot of my own views on not just BJJ but life in general. As a 46 year old, I like that this movie featured an older gentleman with manners and honor that I expect of a highly skilled jiujiteiro.

I'll also admit I'm a hopeless romantic so their relationship from the start and throughout tugged at my heart-strings. It is now on my top ten list of movies.
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SJMReviewed in the United States on January 23, 2021
5.0 out of 5 starsEverything that is great about BJJ
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First movie I have paid for in years! Sean is a legit black belt. The techniques are spot on with a great story line. Reaffirmed why I've spent 14 yrs on the mats. Appreciate it greatly. It's like Rocky--but real!!!
9 people found this helpful
ElevenAndOneHalfReviewed in the United States on January 24, 2021
5.0 out of 5 starsFANTASTIC
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LOVED this movie. You can find so many movies that purport to show "Jiu-Jitsu" these days... The John Wick trilogy among them. While those movies are exciting and visually engaging, they show little of what it is for Jiu-Jitsu to be a central part of your life and of who you are. This is the movie that Mamet's REDBELT wanted to be. Five stars for sure.
8 people found this helpful
LeviReviewed in the United States on January 25, 2021
5.0 out of 5 starsThe Best Jiu-Jitsu Movie Ever!
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Being a brown belt in Jiu-Jitsu, and having seen so many films throw in Jiu-Jitsu as a side thing, it was refreshing to see Sean Patrick Flanery imbue the spirit and art of Jiu-Jitsu throughout this film. As it showed in the ending credits, this was truly a love letter for Jiu-Jitsu.
If you are a fan of Jiu-Jitsu, this movie is a must to watch. If you have ever considered Jiu-Jitsu, this is a must to watch to inspire you to join the mat. If you don't know what Jiu-Jitsu is...take the 90 minutes to watch this film and see if it will spark a lifetime pursuit of the best art on the planet.
Thank you Sean Patrick Flanery!
6 people found this helpful
BryanReviewed in the United States on February 11, 2021
5.0 out of 5 starsA Very Moving Martial Arts Movie!
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This is a very unique kind of martial arts movie, and one of the best I think I’ve ever seen. Its draw for me was, in fact, the very different manner in which this story is portrayed. Sure, it inevitably has much the same kind of plot as most fight movies, but Flanery’s character is very different. His character isn’t the perfect human being, but you’ll have a difficult time trying to do anything except pull for and empathize with him.
5 people found this helpful
tmag454Reviewed in the United States on January 25, 2021
5.0 out of 5 starsGreat sports movie, full of heart
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Great movie, even if you are not necessarily a fan of the genre and even better if you follow Jiu Jitsu or MMA. At it's heart it is a really well done character piece. You can tell it is a passion project for the main actor, Sean Patrick Flanery, who is a BJJ black in real life. This makes for some really authentic fight scenes and some detailed explanation of BJJ technique that you don't typically see in "fight" movies.
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