Michael Schlesinger on

Redbelt

Released 2008
Distributor Sony Pictures Classics

There are more twists and turns in two minutes of David Mamet’s action-packed drama than a dozen martial arts films (Chuck Norris need not apply). With an eclectic cast featuring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Tim Allen, Ricky Jay, and Mamet favorite Joe Mantegna, the head-spinning plot mixes up insurance lawyers, magicians, crooked fight promoters, and jiu-jitsu in a morality tale that suggests a kickboxing version of On The Waterfront.

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About Michael Schlesinger

Michael Schlesinger is widely acknowledged as the dean of classic film distributors, having worked for more than 25 years at MGM, Paramount and Sony, keeping hundreds of vintage movies in theatrical release (and later DVD), and instigating the restoration of many more, including the completion of Orson Welles' 1942 documentary It's All True some 50 years later. Behind the camera, he wrote and produced the American version of Godzilla 2000, co-produced such Larry Blamire parodies as The Lost Skeleton Returns Again and Dark and Stormy Night, and has written, produced and directed several short films featuring the faux-1930s comedy team of Biffle and Shooster. No power on Earth will ever convince him that It's A Mad Mad Mad Mad World is not the Greatest. Movie. Ever.