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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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portrait of the boxer as a young man
9 November 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The debut film by fashion photographer Bruce Weber is an offbeat documentary portrait of former Golden Glove boxing champ Andy Minsker and his club of teenage pugilists, skinny young boys age ten to sixteen learning maturity through the tender art of fist-fighting. The finished film looks as if it were allowed to discover itself during the production, beginning as a vaguely homoerotic study of the adolescent male physique, continuing into a flirtation with the sort of cruel, irreverent satire used in the early documentaries of Errol Morris, and finally emerging as a compassionate study of Minsker himself, whose natural charm and well-adjusted disposition would seem to contradict the popular image of his profession. In a series of unrehearsed encounters with family and friends Minsker reveals himself as an uneducated but streetwise innocent, completely unselfconscious in front of a camera but genuinely bashful about his starring role in the movie. Candid and touching, the film offers insight into both the American male psyche in general, and in particular one of its more unique exponents.


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