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KNUCKLE takes us inside the brutal, secretive and exhilarating bare-knuckle fighting lives of an Irish Traveller community . This epic 12-year journey into in the world of an Irish Traveler community, takes us inside their brutal, secretive and exhilarating bare-knuckle fighting lives. Chronicling a history of violent feuding between rival families. The story focuses on the Quinn brothers, as they fight for their reputations and the honor of their family name.

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  • Actors: Ian Palmer, James Quinn McDonagh, Paddy Joyce
  • Directors: Ian Palmer
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Arc Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 7, 2012
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00629MBCI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,260 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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3.8 out of 5 stars

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By C. Moberg on December 22, 2011
Format: DVD
Knuckle is an interesting view into a world unknown to me. I had talked with a few coworkers who had worked in England for some time and they had described this Irish Traveler culture to me. I found this film to really fit the bill of showing this community from the inside. Their culture promotes fighting (bare knuckle fighting as the title does imply), to solve differences between families. This is not a movie for children, or those who do not want to see physical violence or blood. Take this R rating seriously. There are multiple scenes where real bare knuckle fighting takes place, and people get bloody in most. The rules are simple, two men fight until one get's knocked out, or someone's said they've had enough. Often times there are 10s of thousands of pounds on the line for the big fights. Only punching is allowed and if someone is knocked down, they cannot be hit until they are back up. Some of the video in this movie is not the highest resolution, but it does the job. It's real life. For movie buffs, this is the reality of Brad Pitt's character (Mickey O'Neil) in Guy Ritchie's film Snatch.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By G_to-the_D on July 20, 2014
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I thought this would be a compelling film about a traditional, fabled "traveler" culture in the Irish isles. It isn't. It's a contrived story, basically following around a family of low lifes (I mean real "trailer trash" type of people) and melodramatically (and laughably) presenting their conflicts as stories that the viewer should care about. I stopped sympathizing with the characters two minutes into the film. Their "inter-clan" rivalries are clearly just conflicts between groups of uneducated, boorish people who happen to be in Ireland. There is no observation of a subculture involved here, at all. This is not a tale of ancient Irish tradition bleeding into modern times. It's a tale of a bunch of trashy morons who like to fight, and frankly it could have been set in any country where there are broke, boorish scumbags. I know that is harsh, but it is frankly all this movie left me with. One can tell that the filmmaker thought he had something special when he started filming this; he didn't...

FYI, there were YouTube videos of some of these bare-knuckle fights available way before this movie came out. I remember seeing them. So the auteur (eye roll) apparently took his project of filming Irish losers fighting in the street and tried to make a compelling documentary out of it. How do you say "fail" in Gaelic?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By tobeface on December 28, 2012
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Having never left the continental United States, I assume that I have limited knowledge as to how the rest Of the world Operates. My knowledge Of Pikeys comes mostly via movies. To follow the Quinn-McDonough(?) Family around for ten years is freaking awesome. I understand the concept Of settling feuds by fighting rather than all Out war, but its a bit sad to see 60 year Old grandfathers duking it Out. The drunken YouTube videos just add fuel to the fire.I felt very drawn towards James, whom the video focuses On. It seems as though he would like to escape the madness but keeps getting dragged back in in Order to protect his families name. Great documentary.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jack js on April 12, 2012
Format: DVD
This is a great book that shows non travellers a look inside of some of the traveller culture..And it isnt fair that people judge a whole breed of other humans..so take the time to learn a little about the lifstyle of travellers in the uk,and bareknuckle boxing is not what travellers do all the time..they only do it to work out there family disputes without bringing the outside world in there business..Enjoy reading this book...then check out the movie called knuckle..Both are great!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By RCH on January 18, 2013
Format: DVD
Two hours of watching what in America would be called White Trash slug each other and perpetuate a meaningless feud. It's depressing to watch and the film-maker, to his credit, expresses incredulity at his own interest in these people, who are not interesting. Then again, I did finish watching this.

Also, these guys can't fight their way out of a paper bag. A 16 year old Golden Glover would make mincemeat out of any of them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy on May 5, 2013
Format: DVD
As a child, John Paul Moorehouse (John Connors) watched his father get killed in a drive by. The culprit was never found. He was raised by his uncle to be a fighter. The Moorehouse family is involved in a feud with the Powers clan who far outnumber them. Their lands are separated by private property whose owner is not keen on trespassers.

As you may have guessed John Paul has a love interest in the Powers clan, Winnie (Carla McGlynn) someone he knew as a child.

The film is an interesting look at the Travellers who marry young in prearranged marriages and not always by the wishes of the bride. The sound track for this film is diverse with traditional songs being used as well as Johnny Cash and contemporary music. I was most intrigued by the old photos during the opening credits.

The film didn't have much linear plot movement. It consisted of back and forth between the families. I enjoyed the characters, dialogue, and occasional humor.

Parental Guide: F-bomb. No sex or nudity.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tommy Dooley TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 10, 2012
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This is a hard documentary to judge, Ian Palmer spent twelve years on and off filming the ongoing feud between rival clans of travellers - the sad fact is that they are all related. The main character is James Quinn-MacDonnagh, he seems to be unbeatable and is therefore the subject of most invitations to fight. The feuding has been going on for some time and they are reluctant to talk about the past, but eventually do.

Palmer first met them when he was videoing one of their weddings, he then got invited to record a fight. These fights take place away from the families to avoid an all out riot and are refereed by a third family to ensure it is a fair fight. Joe Joyce seems to be the main protagonist and does come across as a man who will never quite grow up, the language and attitude is quite often only comparable to that of the playground. One of the reasons that Michael gives for continuing to return to the `ring' or more accurately waste land/car park, is the purse which is quite considerable, and they do seem to attempt to drink the majority of it as soon as possible.

A fight is only ended with a knock out or a submission or a draw. This means a fight can go on for hours - with no comfort breaks. They also make insulting videos which they send to each other to encourage, - you guessed it, yet more fights. Whilst this behaviour is basically feral the insults lack imagination too, with such heinous rebukes as `baldy b@stard' and `monkeys' - that's enough to make anyone want to go for three hours bare knuckle wrangling in a pub car park.

Palmer attempts to bring in judgement which for a documentary is probably off the scale; even the music is all sad and regretful, a bit like the end music to `The Incredible Hulk'.
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