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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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22 April 2002 | by (oklahoma city, Oklahoma) – See all my reviews

Generally speaking, American films are the best in the world. The English expect their films to resemble stage plays, the French demand a ballet of sorts, the Italians need to see an opera on the screen, and the Germans, a military maneuver. But American film is traditionally obligated only to provide fun and excitement as it explores the caves in which life has been hiding. "Reversal" does just that.

Unlike many movies about the problems of ordinary people, however, "Reversal" portrays the ordinary people as ones you'd like to know, not as posturing dimwits and disjointed rubes. And unlike most "coming of age" movies, it focuses on a specific conflict -- the one between father and son; "Reversal" does not expose the protagonists (and us) to unrelated difficulties and extraneous events, for the sake of "color."

The wrestling scenes are perfectly executed, and almost overpower the underlying art of this dramatic film -- but not quite. The acting is simple, and surprising effective. The sets are immediately comfortable, and the camera moves like an Oklahoman. If only it has occasionally shown us, as a brief glance, some silent expression or bird-on-the-wing that was somehow supplementary to the dialogue -- a loose end -- "Reversal" could have been a small masterpiece. As is, it's a "7."

Kevin Cisneros


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