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  • Actors: Erika Eleniak, James Colby, Aunjanue Ellis, John Doman, Harry O'Reilly
  • Directors: Eugene Jarecki
  • Writers: Eugene Jarecki
  • Producers: Eugene Jarecki, Kaluska Poventud, Paige Simpson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: January 29, 2002
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005QW6T
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #156,255 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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After years of domestic abuse, Patty (Erika Eleniak), finds an outlet for her anger in the ring of a community boxing club. She's spotted by the club fight promoter Fred (John Doman) and one of his round-club gals, June (Aunjanue Ellis). With the help of a trainer, former hopeful Tommy (James Colby), she begins to learn how to box and gain self-esteem. Tommy sees Patty's rage and tries to help her channel it in the ring. Patty learns a valuable lesson-the difference between fighting and boxing. When you fight, you lose. When you box, you win! As Patty's talents grow stronger so does her relationship with Tommy. In the end, Patty earns the self-confidence to stand up for what she believes in, the power to take control of her life and make it her own.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By David Lee on May 7, 2003
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Before I first saw this movie I was expecting a Lifetime channel movie
of the week, but it turned out to be a little better than that. In fact
I thought it had a hint of independent movieness about it or it could have
been the small budget. Maybe it was both. Kind of a quiet movie, small
cast, and urban Detroit setting. Erika portrays a woman, Patty, caught
up in an abusive relationship and struggles to find her way out of it.
Hooking up with a Tommy, a would-be amateur boxer who also runs a boxing
gym, Patty asks him to help train her. Her reasoning? Maybe to take out
her frustrations over being defenseless and punched out by her boyfriend
or to somehow seek her own independence. Patty's boxing interest takes
off and although becomes a novelty at first, through the magic of
film she ends up in the championship bout of the year.
The chemistry between the Tommy and Patty was nice and restrained at first
to allow the plot to unfold before the fireworks go off between them. James
Colby was a good find for this movie and thought he had boxing and all the
mythology about it at the right temperature for this movie which wasn't about
boxing in my opinion. Not about what they could get out of boxing, but what
boxing would make of them - stronger in life inside and outside the ring
hopefully. Peripheral characters include the opportunistic boxing promoter, a sympathetic
girlfriend and the desperate loser boyfriend all of whom put in good performances in their roles.
I like that Erika tried to pick an atypical movie project that stretches her
talent and this one does it. Never would have expected her to portray a reasonable
fascimile of a boxer, but she does pull it off.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Beantown Jim on July 23, 2010
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Erika Eleniak is in this film; a confession...having seen Baywatch and Under Siege, I bought it for that reason. She is beautiful and sexy, but she also can act(which wasn't brought out in Baywatch...shocking). In this little film, she and the film reach a middle level of quality which is about all it, and she, can achieve. A small plot about female fighters, Erika is well cast as a strong, robust female who can be "macho" (i.e. fighting) without losing her feminine qualities. To sum up, if you think Erika is great, or at least "hot", then buying this film at a reduced or "used" price(as I did) is worthwhile; she is featured well in the film. If you are looking for the penultimate film on female fighters, then skip this film, skip Clint Eastwood's depressing Oscar winner on the subject, and buy the little seen but well regarded "Fight Night" also available at Amazon. If is excellent and leagues ahead of this film.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Reginald M. Lumagui on August 3, 2002
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..as in similar to the movie "Knockout" and not really a great boxing movie. It's more of a cute girl doing boxing. Erika Eleniak looks to be in great shape for the movie. It's too bad the script is really boring that you can't get more into it. Even with Erika in great shape, she's no boxer which becomes quite apparent during her training and fight sequences. Sloppy, sloppy, sloppy. As always, they choose a real female boxer as an opponent but don't spend enough time training the star to complement the adversary. About the only good refreshing thing about this movie was the coach and his gym. It was interesting to see a young coach and his bviews about boxing and training. Don't know if that's enough to carry this movie for some. It wasn't for me. Nope, definitely can't recommend this movie unless it goes to deep discount, and you're just bored at 12 AM.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael A. Newman VINE VOICE on November 24, 2004
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You can see that this film was made with a bare-minimum budget but it is entertaining nonetheless. A physically abused woman tries to avoid her "loseeeer" boyfriend and ends up on the street with no place to go. A boxing promoter and another woman feel sorry for her situation and offer her $50 to look "pretty" and hold up round cards at a local boxing tournament.

After the tournament, the three go to a bar but the woman gets bored and leaves asking the promoter's chauffer to take her home. The chauffer was one of the fighters at the tournament and she strikes up a conversation with him and learns that he teaches some kids how to box when he is not driving.

With all the anger in her because of her boyfriend, she shows up at the boxer's gym asking for lessons. He finally agrees and the woman is determined to learn how to fight to get back at her boyfriend. Anger is her inspiration and allows her to get through the vigorous training.

Through sheer luck she is able to win her first match and also to stand up to her ex-boyfriend. Obviously a romance develops between her and her boxing coach, which later impedes on their professional relationship.

If you take the movie for what it is you will be surprised at what the director was able to do on so limited a budget. I give it a little bit better than 3 stars.
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