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  • Actors: Eddie Jones, Paul Raci, Don Wallace, Christina Chambers, J.P. Davis
  • Directors: Eddie O'Flaherty
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Screen Media
  • DVD Release Date: February 2, 2010
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002WG8U8Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #233,484 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The film was gritty, real, intelligent, and moving.
David Romano
I'll just say that I would have liked this movie more if it wasn't so tragic at the end.
Gault
Great movie, not a rocky but good plot and great story.
R. Tanguay

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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 28, 2005
Format: DVD
FIGHTING TOMMY RILEY has so many things going for it that it is amazing it didn't do well in the box office. Perhaps audiences are tired of 'boxing movies' ('Million Dollar Baby' sort of usurped that position for a while), but this is not a typical boxing movie: Fighting Tommy Riley takes risks all over the place and that is what helps make it so fine.

Written by J.P. Davis who also plays the title role, the story is less about Tommy Riley than it is about his trainer Marty Goldberg (long-established fine character actor Eddie Jones): this is not a self promoting Rocky/Sylvester Stallone story, fine as that films series was. For a first time writer and actor and directed by first time director Eddie O'Flaherty and cast with unknowns except for Eddie Jones, this film is a 'knockout' (pardon the pun).

Tommy Riley is a young and gifted boxer on the skids, disillusioned by his loss at an attempt at the Olympic trials, an unfortunate lapse of self-confidence that has destroyed his relationship with his girl Stephanie (Christina Chambers) and forced him to do menial labor just to survive. Concurrently we meet Marty Goldberg, an obese, has been trainer who left the ring because of a dark demon he harbors and has turned to teaching high school English. Marty lives with his dog Lucy in squalor, surrounded by the many books he reads and quotes, memorabilia of a ruined career, and sleeping pills. His one friend is feisty Diane Stone (Diane Taylor) who Marty salvaged some time ago from her own downward plunge. Diane is a boxing promoter looking for a client. When Marty and Diane and Tommy collide the beginning of a vigorous training life begins and each of the three gains a resurgence of self-respect.
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32 of 38 people found the following review helpful By David Romano on October 8, 2005
Format: DVD
Ok, first, to deal with the two one-star reviews...

Obviously someone missed the point of the film. This isn't a buddy flick, this isn't a "and they all lived happily ever after" flick, this is first and foremost a film about two people who for whatever reason have not been given the love they feel life should sent their way.

The Professor isn't just "chester the molester", and he didn't bring Tomy to the cabin "to seduce him". Sometimes straight and gay guys can be friends, and sometimes unfortunate things happen between those friends. The Professor was hardly a sexual predator, and Tommy was not some hapless rape victim; you don't spend months of time and a heck of a lot of cash just to get some cute and straight twinkie into bed. This was a serious relationship initially founded on boxing, then founded on a really amazing give and take between the two.

That mistake, and the fact that Tommy was going nowhere even with a million bucks hanging in the balance, was a testament to the bond these men shared. Not as "older gay guy drooling over younger sexy straight guy", but a genuine bond between two men with a common goal and the desire to actually be friends.

Tommy threw himself at the Professor, not because he wanted to "give in", but because he was afraid of being left alone again by people he cared about. He was so desperate to not move forward without the Professor that he would do anything to make sure the one person in his life who actually cared about him wouldn't leave (well, ok, say anything). Did either man make the smartest decision, no. But that's life, and it's obvious that both were devasated by the later decisions made.

Now, for the rest of the review, which will be short. It was an excellent film.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Miguelvicente C. Gatmaytan on August 27, 2005
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Its normally odd that a fine film could be made that deals with both adversity and homosexuallity without outright nudity and sex being involved that it comes rather close to pornography. This is one exception. Trully, it could be admitted that the film does not have a million dollar budget, but it was made with quality and style. Both the acting of the major characters were excpetional. It was not too light that it became a comedy nor too heavy that it became messy. The mood was just right to put the simple message of adversity, the will to overcome, loyalty, and even love in all its complex forms clear. I trully recommend it. If for nothing else but for its simplicity of style and message.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Foster on December 3, 2005
Format: DVD
I loved this film. Great script by J.P. Davis, who also plays the title character of Tommy Riley. The supporting actors all do a fine job in this nicely paced film. Eddie Jones as Marty the trainer steals the movie. His performance was heartbreaking to me. His performance brought me to tears a couple of times during the movie. I am so glad that I bought this movie. Eddie Jones deserves at least a nomination for this film (although he probably won't get it.) I'm tired of famous actors clowning their way through ego pieces practically screaming look at me while I famously act!! Eddie Jones is the real deal. His character was true. The minute I saw him I believed. Amazing performance in a wonderful film. Watch it, you will not regret it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. C. on January 30, 2014
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What a sick twisted film! Thankfully I stopped watching it half way through to read the reviews. I wish I would have known this was a take on a homosexual trainer who manipulates his weak and emotionally deprived boxer. The creepy old man ruins his life even more than the trainer before. This movie is a sad and twisted promotion to prey on the weak.
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