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Poor Boy's Game (2008)

Greg Bryk , Rossif Sutherland , Damon D'Oliveira  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Greg Bryk, Rossif Sutherland, Danny Glover, Flex Alexander
  • Directors: Damon D'Oliveira
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: VELOCITY / THINKFILM
  • DVD Release Date: March 15, 2008
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000XJ5TPO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,959 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Poor Boy's Game" on IMDb

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Donnie Rose (Sutherland) has been in prison for the past nine years for beating a black teen so brutally that it left him handicapped for life. Now, Donnie is out. He's a different man with only one place to go: back home to the same violent and racist place that created him. George Carvery (Glover) has waited nine years to avenge his son's fate at the hands of Donnie. The instrument of justice will be Ossie Paris (Alexander), a devastatingly talented boxer who challenges Donnie to a match. But when George and Donnie meet face to face, the need for revenge subsides, and they form the unlikeliest of bonds as Donnie prepares for the fight of his life.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Both Sides of Forgiveness March 1, 2008
Format:DVD
POOR BOY'S GAME is a little film with a big message: hate can only be altered with forgiveness, remorse and redemption. The highly respected Jamaican director Clément Virgo (episodes on 'The Wire', 'The L Word', 'Soul Food', and films 'Love Comes Down', 'Lie With Me', etc) here takes on the tough subject of racism and the accompanying backlash of consequences and with co-writer Chaz Thorne produces a small but pungent film that touches many aspects of the schism between whites and blacks in the seemingly tranquil town of Halifax, Nova Scotia. Isolating the story in such an unlikely place serves to heighten the core problems the film addresses.

Donnie Rose (Rossif Sutherland) is released from prison, having served nine years for the brutal beating of Charles Carvery (K.C. Collins) which left the victim severely brain damaged. Upon release Donnie returns to his old neighborhood to live with his mother and find work as a security guard in a bar. Largely due to the bad influence of Donnie's belligerent and bigoted brother Keith (Greg Bryk), Donnie has to struggle with his family situation, trying to avoid the pain and guilt of his past while coping with his own dark secrets. His victim's father George (Danny Glover) stalks Donnie with the intent of killing him for the damage he has inflicted on both his son and wife (Tonya Lee Williams): the racial tension he encounters magnifies the underlying tragedy of the past - a factor both Donnie and George must face. Violence between the blacks and whites erupts and the resolution is to be decided in a boxing match between the superior boxer Ossie Paris (Flex Alexander) and Donnie. After a touching encounter following a tragedy, George and Donnie bond and George trains Donnie for the fight, the first sign of erasing racial tension.
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4.0 out of 5 stars THE COMPLEXITY OF SIMPLICITY! October 13, 2008
Format:DVD
After watching a few "clunkers" involving boxing, I'm glad I stumbled upon this little known film! Poor Boy's Game is a pleasant surprise as it really has nothing to do with boxing and everything to do with choices, forgiveness, remorse and redemption! The story is told simply, but the film is full of interesting and "real" characters. Which is always welcome to film lovers, who just want to see good stories told well! Rossif Sutherland (Donald's other son) gives a quiet, but solid performance.... ditto Danny Glover.

I know a lot of film lovers are tired of "Hollywood" type films, but studios make movies based on what sells. whether it's an "over the top" action movie, a manipulative romantic comedy or predictable thriller......even bloody gore / horror films are a bit "Hollywood" in this day, as it is so over done, it doesn't even shock us anymore. If we want to see better films being made, start paying to see films like this! It's well worth your time and it's got a wonderful message, we all need to learn! I caught this on cable, so I can not make any comments about the DVD release.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "A FIGHT FOR REVENGE!" July 9, 2012
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An intense drama with suspense and lots of action. The intriguing story portrays tragedy, a great desire to seek revenge, and the trials-and-tribulations of growing up in a society where trouble is all around. The story is thrilling, yet heart-wrenching as the innocent suffer and the guilty is convicted, but the issue continues in a battle for revenge before forgiveness becomes a plea. Acting Performance is Superb, the story grabs your attention, and drama is explosive. I would watch it again. Highly Recommended!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Drama October 4, 2008
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POOR BOY'S GAME is a small film with much depth and insight made up of many quality parts. Donnie played by Rossif Sutherland is released from prison after 9 years served for the brutal beating of Charles Cavery. Important here - Donnie white and Charles - black. Racism on both sides is looked at in great detail here as is punishment and forgiveness/right and wrong. Donnie's entire family and community try to tell him what to do and how to live his life. The main character on Charles's side is his father played by Danny Glover. For him, the black community tries to tell him what to do and how to feel/live.

Both Donnie and the father have minds of their own though and the characters of both are delved into at great length. We get to explore all the aspects of Donnie right from his final days in prison. We also learn much about Charle's father. The other issues such as racism and revenge etc. are also looked into strongly but the glue to this film is the performances provided by Danny Glover and Rossif Sutherland. They are both amazing and the relationship that develops between the two characters is both honest and heartbreaking.

The film is about boxing, being middle class and too many subjects to mention yet it manages to be a simple film with strong character studies and a big message. I highly recommend this film. The acting is of the highest caliber and you will go on an emotional journey not soon to be forgotten.
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