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The Philly Kid (2012)

R | | Action, Drama, Sport | 11 May 2012 (USA)
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A former NCAA champion wrestler, paroled after ten years in prison, agrees to a series of cage fights to save a friend's life and is asked to do the impossible - lose.

Director:

Jason Connery

Writers:

Adam Mervis, Javier Rodriguez (contributing writer)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Wes Chatham ... Dillon
Devon Sawa ... Jake
Sarah Butler ... Amy
Neal McDonough ... LA Jim
Lucky Johnson ... Ace
Chris Browning ... Marks
Adam Mervis ... Ryan Maygold
Bernard Hocke ... Lenny
Ava Bogle ... Allison Kaufman
Eric Scott Woods ... Spencer
Michael Jai White ... Arthur Letts
Andrew Sensenig ... Larry
Rich Clementi Rich Clementi ... Sanchez
Kasey Emas ... Tina
Kris Van Damme ... Chase (as Kristopher Van Varenberg)
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Storyline

An attempt to purchase beer becomes a nightmare for underage friends Chase, Jake and Dillon when Chase ends up dead, Jake gets shot in the back, and Dillon - a championship wrestler - goes to prison for manslaughter. Released after ten years, Dillon's greeted by Jake, who lines him up with a job and introduces him to the world of minor league MMA fighting. Due to Jake's outstanding gambling debt, Dillon agrees to three fights to cover it and literally save Jake's life but finds himself caught between gangsters, dirty cops, a shady promoter, a snide parole officer and Jake's disapproving sister. Written by statmanjeff

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His only way out is getting back in

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Action | Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 May 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Philly Kid See more »

Filming Locations:

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)
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Color:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film is called "Brawler" on the UK Netflix. See more »

Goofs

Among his many injuries, Jake gets shot in the mouth, putting a hole through his cheek. Though sutured up and leaving only a small scratch (remarkable in itself), the blast alone would have burned his mouth, yet the injury fails to impede Jake's diction in any degree. See more »

Quotes

LA Jim: You're a fucking monster inside. Let it out.
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References The Wire (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Fist Full Of Fury
Written By Ian Honeyman and Christopher Leigh Curtis
Performed by Ian Honeyman, Daniel Rojas and Chucky Preston
Produced and Mixed by Ian Honeyman
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A great little film that proves that they can still be made...
23 May 2012 | by roadstar06See all my reviews

OK, It's not an epic, and it certainly could have some smoother edits, but as jaded as I can be after roughly 5000 movies I think that this is a very good film.

First remember the genre'. The story is well paced and shot nicely. They have resisted the urge to cut too fast, and this gives actors the chance to embrace a scene, making it believable. This is better than many big budget, big name parades that present themselves as quality but miss the mark. Fun,engaging and well acted,Wes Chatham,Devon Sawa, Sarah Butler,and Adam Mervis do a lot to develop believable and vulnerable characters within the constraints of a compact but well written script. I look forward to following their promising careers. Butler in particular is need that one big opportunity and she'll light up the screen. Sarah Butler deserves kudos for being extremely endearing quickly and adding real weight to the tension within the story. Devon Sawa, a winner.He just is. I've always been Neal McDonough fan and he has the talent and charisma that makes the viewer hope for more screen time.

A very good movie. AND I am a very jaded reviewer.


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