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A documentary, photographed in black-and-white, with a hip jazz soundtrack, looks at the boys and coach of a small but accomplished boxing club near Portland, Oregon. The film focuses on the coach, former Olympic contender and pro athlete Andy Minsker, and tells not only the story of his devotion to his young athletes, but hints at childhood obsticles which may have prompted Minsker, as an adult, to give his students guidance, support and love with such enthuasism and dedication. Written by Sean Parlaman <seanpar@efn.org>

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Beautifully Shot In B&W
29 December 2000 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

Bruce Weber's first directorial effort is a beautiful mix of B&W cinematography and scintillating jazz songs. Weber's documentary focuses on Andy Minsker, a very attractive(and often silly)lightweight boxer, who trains a group of kids in his small boxing club in Oregon. Becoming role model to them all, he dedicates his time to help them become the boxers they aspire to be. Minkser's relationship with his parents and stepparents is also captured(he was raised in a broken home), and many times true feelings are revealed that have never before been uttered. The very camera friendly Andy is a delight to watch in this film, and at times he acts like a little kid as well. As with most of Bruce Weber's work, there's no denying the homoerotic feel; from the boxing club training to a play fight between Minkser and one of his trainees, there's always a hint of it. Fans of Weber's work will not be disappointed, and those looking for a good boxing documentary should check this one out. Filmed in B&W interspersed with color sequences.


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