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Film Review: ‘The Good Son: The Life of Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini’

8 August 2013 6:06 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Plenty serviceable as a belated documentary addendum to “Rocky,” director Jesse James Miller’s bio of ‘80s-era World Boxing Council lightweight champ Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini connects on emotional levels in the telling of an up-from-nothing brawler whose colorful career climaxed in tragedy. Pic’s late-reel conceit of filming the meeting between Mancini and the son of the man he beat to death in the ring may sound contrived on paper, but it plays beautifully on screen, adding to the pathos of a film whose heart is in the right place throughout. Boxing buffs will weigh in toward lightweight VOD and DVD receipts. 

Born in 1961, the descendant of Sicilian immigrants, Mancini came of age in Youngstown, Ohio, as the city struggled to overcome its reputation as, per the Saturday Evening Post, “Crimestown, USA.” The film does a fine job of showing how the closing of steel mills in Youngstown in »

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