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Poor Boy's Game

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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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  • 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:
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  • Studio: VELOCITY / THINKFILM
  • DVD Release Date: March 15, 2008
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000XJ5TPO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137,562 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Poor Boy's Game" on IMDb

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By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 1, 2008
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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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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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I really liked this movie. It showed how the human spirit could overcome hatred and revenge to forgive. I wasn't surprised that Donny had gone to prison for Keith. Keith seemed like the hothead full of hatred more so than Donny. He got what he deserved in the end.It was great how Donny and Ossie protected Charlie in the end. George was a wonderful father and saw how revenge was hurting his son. Loved it and Rossif Sutherland.
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This movie slipped under the radar when it was first released but because I make it a point to seek out lesser known films I stumbeled across this one. And I am greatful. This is an exceptional film one I've never forgotten. It's powerful and vicious but it's also painfully beautiful.
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