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Legendary (2010)

  • Rate: 5.7/10 total 2,034 votes 
  • Genre: Drama | Sport
  • Release Date: 9 September 2010 (Kuwait)
  • Runtime: USA:107 min
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Legendary (2010)


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  • IMDb page: Legendary (2010)
  • Rate: 5.7/10 total 2,034 votes 
  • Genre: Drama | Sport
  • Release Date: 9 September 2010 (Kuwait)
  • Runtime: USA:107 min
  • Filming Location: Kenner, Louisiana, USA
  • Gross: $191,875(USA)(19 September 2010)
  • Director: Mel Damski
  • Stars: John Cena, Patricia Clarkson and Danny Glover
  • Sound Mix: DTS | Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Wrestling | Champion | High School Wrestling | Car Crash | Coming Of Age

Writing Credits By:

  • John Posey (written by)

Known Trivia

  • In the USA, there was a mere 18 days between the theatrical and home video releases. This is possibly a record for the shortest amount of time it has ever taken for any film to go from the cinema to home video in North America. On September 10, 2010 the movie was released in a limited capacity theatrically, and it was released on September 28, 2010 on DVD (sold exclusively at Walmart) and Blu-Ray (sold exclusively at Best Buy). The DVD and Blu-ray were later released to all national retailers on December 28, 2010.

Goofs: Factual errors: No wrestling coach would permit any of his wrestlers to make a grand solo entrance (with lighting effects and pyrotechnics) or enter a competition wearing a warm-up outfit that wasn't team issued. (Officials might jump all over this, too, especially at the District level.)

Plot: A book-smart teenager joins his school's wrestling team as a way to reunite his surviving family members, who split apart after the death of his father, a college wrestling legend, 10 years ago. Full summary » |  »

Story: Coming of age in small-town Oklahoma. High schooler Cal Chetley is a brainy beanpole who lives with his widowed mother. Ten years earlier his father, a state wrestling champion, died in a car crash. Cal's older brother Mike, also a former wrestling champion but now down and out at 28, is estranged from the family. Over the course of a fall and winter, Cal joins the high school wrestling team while searching out Mike to ask for help. Mike rejects the offer, but Cal is persistent. Will Mike accept the challenge or is he destined to let Cal down? Giving advice and encouragement are an enigmatic old man named Red and a quirky friend named Luli. Then, there's Cal's mom who must be reckoned with.Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>  

FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Steve Barnett known as executive producer
  • David Calloway known as producer
  • Nancy Hirami known as co-producer
  • Michael Pavone known as executive producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Patricia Clarkson known as Sharon Chetley
  • Devon Graye known as Cal Chetley
  • John Cena known as Mike Chetley
  • Madeleine Martin known as Luli Stringfellow
  • Danny Glover known as Harry 'Red' Newman
  • John Posey known as Coach Tennent
  • Tyler Posey known as Billy Barrow
  • Teo Olivares known as Donald Worthington.
  • Kareem J. Grimes known as Theo 'Gnat' Henderson (as Kareem Grimes)
  • Christopher Alan Weaver known as Joe Easley
  • Robert Bryan known as 3rd Kid
  • Angelena Swords known as Jill
  • Yvonne Misiak known as Waitress
  • Lara Grice known as Laura Melton
  • Patrick Cox known as Guy / Son of a bitch
  • Deneen Tyler known as Judge Elaine Gardener (as Dennen D. Tyler)
  • Vince Antoine known as Claremore Coach (as Vince Antonio)
  • Andrew Sensenig known as Larry Edwards
  • Ritchie Montgomery known as PA Announcer
  • J.D. Evermore known as Terry Jay
  • Robert Hermann known as Northside Coach (as Robert 'Rob' Hermann)
  • Courtney J. Clark known as Woman / Lori
  • Sean Michael Cunningham known as Boy #1 (as Sean Cunningham)
  • Chuck Hosack known as Roughneck #1
  • T.J. White known as Roughneck #2
  • Alex Hardee known as Boy #2
  • Marc Lagattuta known as Referee
  • Sam Craft known as Band Leader / Band Member #4
  • Hillary Moore known as Riverdale Announcer
  • Alex Arceneaux known as Band Member #1 (as Alexis Arceneaux)
  • Jonathan Arceneaux known as Band Member #2
  • Jack Craft known as Band Member #3
  • George Elizondo known as Band Member #5
  • Daurice Cummings known as Guest
  • Dayton Gray known as Wrestling Fan / Teacher
  • Jacob Bianchini known as Bar Patron #1 (uncredited)
  • Beau Brasseaux known as Wrestler / High School Student (uncredited)
  • Scheryl W Brown known as Wrestling Match Fan (uncredited)
  • Kimberly Lynn Campbell known as Titans Fan (uncredited)
  • Cy Fahrenholtz known as Wrestling Fan (uncredited)
  • Gino Galento known as Wrestling Fan (uncredited)
  • Timothy Hinrichs known as Wrestling Fan / High School Student (uncredited)
  • Kurt W. Howard known as Wrestling Fan (uncredited)
  • Melissa Johnson known as Wrestling Fan / High School Student (uncredited)
  • Cynthia LeBlanc known as Wrestling Fan (uncredited)
  • Elton LeBlanc known as Scorekeeper (uncredited)
  • Ace LeBleu known as Theo's Friend (uncredited)
  • Starlette Miariaunii known as Student (uncredited)
  • Melody Noel known as High School Student (uncredited)
  • Wesley O'Mary known as Tall Boy Standing by Boy #1 (uncredited)
  • Stephen Occhipinti known as Wrestling Fan (uncredited)
  • Ashley Reed known as High School Student (uncredited)
  • Aaron Sauer known as Policeman (uncredited)
  • Aaron Saxton known as Wrestler (uncredited)
  • Rhonda Schaubert known as School Teacher (uncredited)
  • Christopher Severio known as Bar Patron (uncredited)
  • Logan Douglas Smith known as High School Wrestling Coach (uncredited)
  • Terry Lee Smith known as Hs Teacher (uncredited)
  • Raymond D. Sweet known as Earl Johnson – Spectator (uncredited)
  • Elizabeth Tranchant known as High School Student (uncredited)
  • Timothy A. Vasquez known as Wresting Fan / High School Student (uncredited)
  • Daniel Vincent known as High School Wrestling Rebel (uncredited)
  • Chris Whetstone known as Mac Chetley (uncredited)
  • Emily Ziegler known as High School Student (uncredited)
  • Lynette Zumo known as NorthShore Wrestling Spectator (uncredited)



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • Tracy Ewell known as makeup artist
  • Monica Huppert known as personal makeup artist: Patricia Clarkson
  • Fleur Morell known as makeup department head
  • Aimee Stuit known as key makeup artist
  • Amy Wood known as key hair stylist

Art Department:

  • Michael Arena known as greens gang boss
  • Mike Barnard known as paint foreman
  • Edward J. Borasch Jr. known as property master
  • Chris Britt known as set dresser
  • Ed Clevenger known as set dresser
  • Jaime Fernandez known as assistant property master
  • Sarah Forrest known as set designer
  • Drew Guajardo known as assistant props
  • Charlie LaVoy known as art assistant
  • Vince LeBlanc known as leadman
  • Cory Parker known as on set dresser
  • Maria Senger known as art department coordinator
  • Victoria St. Pierre known as lead scenic
  • Durel Yates known as set dresser




Production Companies:

  • WWE Films
  • WWE Nola

Other Companies:

  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera dollies
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  remote camera systems
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  stabilized remote camera systems
  • Coulon Casting  casting
  • EMS Payroll  extras payroll
  • Event Rental  props
  • Event Restroom  restrooms
  • Global Tactical Services  security services
  • Happy Feet Foley  post-production sound services (Foley Services)
  • Hollywood Trucks  Entertainment Transportation
  • Pivotal Post  Avid HD editing equipment provided by
  • Silver Screen Supply  expendables
  • Silver Screen Supply  grip equipment
  • Silver Screen Supply  portable power systems and cables
  • Soundelux  post-production sound services
  • Todd-AO Studios  post-production sound services
  • iO Film  digital intermediate
  • iO Films  digital intermediate


  • Vivendi Entertainment (2010) (USA) (DVD)
  • Front Row Filmed Entertainment (2010) (United Arab Emirates) (theatrical) (Middle East)
  • Audio Visual Enterprises (2010) (Greece) (DVD)
  • Samuel Goldwyn Films



Other Stuff

Visual Effects by:
  • Colin Davies known as visual effects supervisor
  • George Macri known as visual effects producer: SPIN
  • Stevie Ramone known as digital compositor

Release Date:

  • Kuwait 9 September 2010
  • USA 10 September 2010 (limited)
  • Australia 15 September 2010 (limited)
  • USA 28 September 2010 (DVD premiere) (Blu-ray premiere)
  • Germany 1 October 2010 (DVD premiere)
  • Greece 4 October 2010 (DVD premiere)
  • Australia December 2010 (DVD premiere)

MPAA: Rated PG-13 for suggestive material, brief partial nudity and some fighting scenes



Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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  1. Hellmant from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 1:09 am

    'LEGENDARY': Two and a Half Stars (Out of Five)

    John Cena stars in his first family friendly dramatic film, which isalso a first for the studio behind the film (WWE Films). WWE Films hasproduced all of Cena's films ( 'THE MARINE', '12 ROUNDS' and now this)and I'm sure their involvement in the film was the reason for Cena'scasting. WWE and Cena's interest in the film is a little oddconsidering it feels like a 'Hallmark Hall Of Fame' TV movie. It'sdirected by Mel Damski, a veteran TV director, and written by JohnPosey, a veteran TV actor (who also plays Coach Tennent in the film).So the movie has a strong TV movie feel to it and a 'feel good'uplifting family one at that. Despite this it was released in theaters(in a limited run) for 18 days before taking the video rout. It wouldhave had a much more fitting home as a Sunday night movie on CBS orLifetime (which it still might I'm sure).

    The film revolves around a nerdy high-school student named Cal Chetley(played by Devon Graye) who one day decides to join his school'swrestling team. His father and brother Mike (Cena) were both wrestlinglegends but his mother Sharon (played impressively by PatriciaClarkson) is dead set against him following in their footsteps. Theirfamily was torn apart ten years earlier when Cal's dad died in anautomobile accident and for some reason Sharon blames wrestling fortheir problems. Cal tracks down his unemployed alcoholic brother andasks him to train him. At first Mike is reluctant to help his brother,who he barely knows, but after Cal shows up at a hearing (for thesentencing of a bar brawl Mike was involved in) and defends him Mikefeels obligated to return the favor. So the two train together insecrecy behind their mother's back. This of course leads to dramaticcomplications.

    The movie feels a lot like watered down generic TV crap but it doeshave a heart and is inspirational in a way. Cena is adequate in hisrole as well as Graye. Clarkson shines like always and gives aperformance far better than the film deserves. Danny Glover has a nicesupporting turn as well. The writing and directing is decent by TVmovie standards but for a theatrically released, as well as highprofile video run, it doesn't measure up. Cena could be a decent actionstar if he sets his standards higher, he's such a huge wrestling starit shouldn't be too hard for him to get some decent roles (I heard hehas interest in doing 'THE EXPENDABLES 2' but many think he hasn'tearned it yet). With that said doing this family film isn't nearly asatrocious as the ones The Rock has done (he also got his film careerjump started through WWE Films as well with 'THE RUNDOWN' and 'WALKINGTALL'). The movie as a whole would be worth checking out on TV withyour family.

    Watch our review show 'MOVIE TALK' at:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j95Zjdlcbe0

  2. Smiglaty from Wroclaw, Poland
    30 Mar 2012, 1:09 am

    I mean, you got drama with a hint of mystery; you got sport emotionsand suspense, you got genuine character development (fair play foryoung actors here), way above decent cast and that feel-good touchafter leaving the theater…but that's just my personal take, as anactive combat sports contester I must say that this side of the moviegives you pretty good inside on how it looks like through the eyes ofan athlete. It's not another "bullied kid finds his master and kicksass" movie, it is way beyond that, best to see it for yourself, you caneasily take your gf with you and she will love it as well.

    To wrap it all up – great movie, great cast, great feeling after – whywould you give that a miss?

  3. Sam Herder from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 1:09 am

    Legendary is a very inspirational movie to watch. The storyline issimple to follow but is still very intriguing to the audience. Cal fitsperfectly into his role as the underdog wrestler and John Cena playsthe older brother (Mike) very effectively. This movie has a wide rangein audience whether it is a family watching it in the living room or agroup of friends hanging out and watching. Legendary does a good job ofadding slight twists to keep the audience in suspense but does not getcarried away like some underdog movies have. Everyone enjoys afeel-good movie and this is just it. Legendary is one movie that willnot disappoint.

  4. applejakc-1 from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 1:09 am

    Pretty great movie He gets a little push from an outside source fromhis families past and that is all he needs to step up to his potentialand be a very good collegiate wrestler. Until the end, they score thematch wrong. Cal and the other guy were 4-11 and Cal was in thedown-position (the other guy had control) Cal pulled off the cradlewhich would give him 2 points for a reversal. Then he held the otherguy on his back for 15 seconds, he only needed 5 seconds to get 3points near-fall. That would give him 5 points total and tie the matchat 11. I guess it isn't that big of a deal, it just bothered me thatthey would make a movie about wrestling and screw up the scoring on thefinal, most important match of said movie. They should have gone intoovertime if they scored it right. Other than that it was a good movieabout high school wrestling, similar feel to "Vision Quest"(1985).

  5. ccbig from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 1:09 am

    By far the best film that features the sport of high school wrestlingsince the film "Vision Quest".

    I cannot stand the "Pro Wresting" shows/films because I think that theydo damage to the public view of what the amateur forms of high schoolwrestling and Olympic styles of wrestling are in real life.

    That being said, this is a fine film that shows some aspects of highschool wrestling with a fairly good story plot about a teenager facingfamily life struggles combined with the drive to compete in sports.

    John Cena does a decent performance but the film is centered on a teen,high school age young man played by Devon Graye who gives a pretty darngood performance. A good supporting cast too!

    A good film for "tweens" and older. Highly recommended for familiesthat play sports.

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