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The story of three young boxers and their coach who is determined to guide them in a positive direction in and out of the ring. | Add synopsis »
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Sam Doumit ... Maya
Martin Goldman ... Himself
Harry Keitt ... Himself
Randy Little ... Himself
Tyrene Manson ... Herself
Mickey Marcello ... Himself
Eddie Mustafa Muhammad ... Himself
Aida Santiago ... Herself
Noel Santiago ... Himself
George Walton ... Himself

Directed by
Nanette Burstein 
Brett Morgen 
Produced by
Meg Bowles .... co-executive producer
Nanette Burstein .... producer
Jonathan Cohen .... executive producer
Jennifer Fox .... executive producer
Brett Morgen .... producer
Jesse Moss .... associate producer
Gabrielle Tana .... co-executive producer
Original Music by
Theodore Shapiro 
Cinematography by
Brett Morgen 
Film Editing by
Nancy Baker 
Nanette Burstein 
Production Management
Jeff Sanders .... executive in charge of production
Richard Welles .... executive in charge of production
Sound Department
Evan Benjamin .... sound assistant
Nanette Burstein .... production sound
Michael Canzoniero .... production sound
Courtney Connell .... assistant sound engineer
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley artist
Libette Garcia .... sound assistant
Matthew Haasch .... foley engineer
Dan Lohaus .... sound assistant
Jesse Moss .... production sound
Douglas J. Schulman .... production sound mixer (pilot)
Tony Volante .... re-recording engineer
Juan Carlos Zaldívar .... sound designer
Juan Carlos Zaldívar .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Scott Barnard .... camera operator: additional camera
Nanette Burstein .... additional camera operator
Mickey Harlow .... additional camera operator
Wolf Baschung .... camera operator: second unit (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Vickie Bishop .... assistant editor
Dan Lohaus .... assistant editor
Alan Oxman .... additional editor
Jim Stonaker .... on-line editor
Music Department
Web Davis .... musician: scratch (as Web D.)
Carlos Gomez .... musician: percussion
Jonathan Greenberg .... musician: trombone
Frank London .... musician: trumpet
Ned Mann .... musician: bass
Mickey Marcello .... music supervisor
Ralph Rolle .... musician: drums
Larry Saltzman .... musician: guitar
Theodore Shapiro .... musician: keyboards
Michael Tudor .... score engineer
Other crew
Andy Goldman .... graphic consultant
Andy Goldman .... key artist
Andy Goldman .... graphic consultant
Bill Platt .... special thanks

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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
The real deal, 31 July 2003
Author: George Parker from Orange County, CA USA

The award winning, Oscar nominated, and critically acclaimed documentary "On The Ropes" takes the audience into a New York ghetto gym where young boxers trapped in the slums and projects struggle and sweat tirelessly for a shred of hope that they may some day leave the hopelessness of their life behind. The film offers a limited look at the underbelly of boxing, something which few boxing fans ever see, as it examines the painful existence and enormous courage of three young boxing hopefuls. Unlike other sports where professionals scout college campuses cutting deals for big money, this little indie documentary shows the real and often raw deal and may help answer the one question so often asked about the sport of boxing: Why in the hell would anyone want to step into a ring and risk getting beat up? (B+)

Note - yes, I watched it again.

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