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On The Ropes (1999)

Cast: Harry Keitt, Randy Little
Director: Brett Morgen, Brett Morgen, Nanette Burstein, more...
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Fox Lorber
Genre: Documentary, Biographies, Political & Social Issues, Sports, Sports Documentary
Running Time: 90 min.
Languages: English
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The dreams and struggles of three aspiring boxers and the trainer who works with them (at the same Bed-Stuy gym where Mike Tyson used to work out) form the basis of On The Ropes, a documentary that debuted at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival. Noel Santiago, a one-time gang member, has the skills to be a good boxer, but lacks the conviction to work through the struggles involved. George Walton, a Golden Gloves champ, had his shot at a professional career but lost it at the hands of a crooked manager and is looking for a second chance. Tyrene Manson, a fiercely determined female boxer, sees fighting as her best chance to escape poverty until she's arrested during a drug raid on her uncle's home. And trainer Harry Keitt, a former fighter himself who once sparred with Muhammad Ali, tries to live down a history of alcoholism and a stretch in prison as he walks a fine line between nurturing the talents of the young people he cares for and trying a grab a percentage of the money they could earn as champions. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Well, all right! by HHitchcock November 24, 2003 - 7:23 PM PST
3 out of 3 members found this review helpful
Very well done documentary, if production values are a little off. Fascinating story that follows three amateur boxers in their quest to, well, box. If it sounds a little like the very good but a bit overhyped "Hoop Dreams", don't worry. It's better. Very human. Depressing and inspiring at the same time, I guess like real life a bit. Very interesting. And don't forget to check out the epilogue if you watch it.

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