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New York City, March 24, 1962: Rival boxing champions Emile Griffith and Benny "Kid" Paret entered the ring for their feverishly anticipated world title bout. Earlier, Paret had taunted his allegedly homosexual opponent with a shocking slur. That night, as millions of fans watched the fight on live television, Griffith brutally beat Paret to death. The sport of boxing, the life of Emile Griffith, and the innocence of America would be changed forever. In this haunting documentary, filmmakers Dan Klores and Ron Berger capture a provocative saga of love, violence and redemption that transcends the ring. Through startling archival footage and revealing new interviews with jounalists, historians, champion boxers, Paret's widow, and Griffith himself, experience the Sundance sensation that begins with one tragic night nearly 45 years ago and ends with the heartbreaking modern day meeting between Emile Griffith and Benny Paret's now-grown son.
Poignant tale with as happy an ending as one could ask considering the story. Very well done!Published 27 days ago by Kevin M. Donohue
I believe that when two boxers step into the ring they are professional athletes trying to do their jobs and win a purse. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Sugafoot
Good boxing video....lots of historic video. I had not heard of Emile Griffith until he passed away recently. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Jan Cameron
I first watched this 2005 documentary on television on the USA cable channel. It aired commercial free. I have it recorded on a VHS tape. Read morePublished on August 21, 2013 by Jose Villamil