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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Danny Mousetis ...
Leo Leone
Derrick Nelson ...
Young Leo
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Coach Leone
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Jessica
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Shaw (as Kelly Vint)
John Lloyd Sr. ...
Roger
Jeff Breese ...
Johnny
Justin Spates ...
Thurman Ellis Jr.
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Thurman Ellis Sr. (as Guido Föhrweißer)
Paul E. Reihner II ...
Referee (Trinity)
Heather Connor ...
Ellen
Ben Policz ...
Young Roger
Rich Burgdolt ...
Referee (Washington)
Tim Mousetis ...
Jack Spates
Claire Throckmorton ...
Emily
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Leo Leone has been wrestling since he was seven years old. As the only son of wrestling coach (and ex-state champion) Edward Leone, Leo's dedication to the sport was tied up in his love for his father. Now Leo is seventeen. His life has been an endless cycle of training, sacrifice, and starving to make weight -- a process that is becoming ever more difficult during adolescence. He's tired of denying himself everything, and is feeling the lure of a world beyond the mat. Living paycheck to paycheck, working a dead-end job in the mines while coaching for no money, Leo's father Ed sees a wrestling scholarship as his son's only chance to escape the treadmill of life in a small Pennsylvania town. But though his motives are good, Ed is pushing his son too hard. Written by Anonymous

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Rated PG-13 for language, some teen substance abuse and thematic elements | See all certifications »
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14 September 2001 (USA)  »

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$300,000 (estimated)
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I Understood It
16 February 2004 | by See all my reviews

Although, yes, some of the choices in this movie were difficult to understand for most people, it is because they have never been through what Leo went through. As a fellow wrestler this movie appealed immensely to me because i could identify with everything the main character was going through. The dropping weight, the dehydration, and the competition on the mat was depicted flawlessly in this movie because it was made by someone who understands what wrestlers go through. This is not an attack on you personally tommyboy16, but unless you are to go through stuff like dropping weight and starving, and training like that which was depicted in the movie, it will be difficult to understand, but that is not a reflection of the quality of the movie. The overall message appeals to everybody, but the little details of the experiences of the main character will most likely appeal to athletes more. That's all, enough said.


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