Play It to the Bone

Last Updated on: October 18th, 2023

Play It to the Bone (Touchstone Movie)

“Play It to the Bone” is a 1999 sports comedy-drama film directed by Ron Shelton. The movie stars Woody Harrelson and Antonio Banderas as Vince Boudreau and Cesar Dominguez, respectively, two best friends and former middleweight boxers who are down on their luck and struggling to make ends meet.

The story revolves around a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Vince and Cesar. They are invited to Las Vegas to be the last-minute replacement fighters for the undercard of a Mike Tyson boxing match. The catch is that they must drive cross-country to get there in time, and their journey becomes an adventure filled with humorous and dramatic moments.

As they travel to Las Vegas, Vince and Cesar reminisce about their boxing careers, their past glories, and the mistakes they’ve made along the way. They also confront their personal demons and come to terms with the choices they’ve made in life.

Once they arrive in Las Vegas, they face not only the physical challenge of getting back into the ring but also the emotional challenge of fighting against each other as opponents. The film explores the complexities of friendship, rivalry, and the true meaning of winning in both boxing and life.

“Play It to the Bone” received mixed reviews from critics upon its release, with praise for the performances of Harrelson and Banderas but criticism for its uneven tone and lack of focus. Despite its shortcomings, the film offers an entertaining and humorous look at the world of boxing and the bond between two friends.

Overall, “Play It to the Bone” is a compelling sports drama that combines elements of comedy, drama, and action. It presents an intimate and emotional journey of self-discovery for its characters and offers a fresh perspective on the sport of boxing and the challenges faced by its participants.

Additional Details


  • Woody Harrelson: Vince Boudreau
  • Antonio Banderas: Cesar Dominguez
  • Lolita Davidovich: Grace Pasic
  • Tom Sizemore: Joe Domino
  • Lucy Liu: Lia
  • Robert Wagner: Hank Goody
  • Richard Masur: Artie
  • Willie Garson: Cappie Caplan


  • Director: Ron Shelton
  • Producers: Stephen Chin, Kellie Davis and David Lester
  • Writer: Ron Shelton

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