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Bounce: Behind the Velvet Rope (2000)

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A behind the scenes look at the crazy and violent world of nightclub bouncers.


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Credited cast:
Black Prince
Omar Cook
Alan Crosley
Frank DeMaio
Mike DeMaio
Jordan Maldonado
Lenny McLean
Eric Mojica
Joe Papa
Steven Rivera
Eddie Robinson


A chronicle of the lives of bouncers - the burly boys who guard both sides of the door in nightclubs across America. The documentary takes an inside look at the mindset of these frequently ridiculed, but always feared enforcers of the night and examines whether they are skilled experts in security, hired to anticipate trouble, or just hired thugs meant to intimidate. Revealed within is a world of notorious nightclub bouncers, including New York's Terence "The Black Prince" Buckley and British legend Lenny "The Guv'nor" McLean who appeared in "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels" Written by Sujit R. Varma

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7 September 2001 (USA)  »

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Leões-de-Chácara - Os Bastidores da Noite  »

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Good look at a certain kind of person.
17 July 2005 | by (Bay Area, CA, USA) – See all my reviews

I rented Bounce: Behind the Velvet Rope.

The first thing I found myself wondering was how much of this was totally faked and staged. Not saying any of it was, but this was awfully hard to believe. How much of acting tough is just show business, and knowing some quick moves?

The Black Prince guy, by night worked in a strip club where he occasionally had to toss out men who went too far with the girls. Then he lives with his Mother and buys her a BMW and wanted to buy her a house. His Mom was great, raising him into something in a world that was not so great. Was this real? The guy came off as a very nice guy really, maybe a bit too nice, and it makes me think they had to turn up the volume to make a movie and that it was not that real.

Then there were these two brothers who seemed like they were always trying to joke and be tough. When asked what they would do if they weren't bouncers they replied "cartoonists" ... both of them. It is like they did not have a personality between them. One had gotten his bouncer certification, the other could not certify because he has a felony on his record and they both idolized Sly Stallone which seems reasonable for them.

There was Lenny McClean who like many of these men had a horrible youth, and had to live in a very violent world. Lenny had a charm and magnetism, though his Brando imitation was laughable, he seemed to have a good understanding that the real acting was making ones way in the world. He had taken no acting lessons, yet was the most successful of the bunch, no longer a bouncer. After watching the movie they let you know as he hit success he developed brain cancer and died. This is hard to take after seeing a very human guy that you start to like throughout the movie.

Some of these people seemed very interesting and intelligent. One possibility was that the physical aspect of their lives pushed them to be more aggressive and confident.

One guy was married with a pretty wife, but she has really short hair, and seemed to be really proud that she had a huge hulking husband, though it make him attractive to other women wherever they went. I found myself wondering about why her hair was so short, did her over tattooed husband force her to tone down while at the same time he toned up like a peacock. This was a guy who talked incessantly about how he loved violence, and lived to attack people. One thing the movie was not super clear on was the "statud" of these men. Were they losers, or some of them seemed quite successful.

One man owned his own security company. The successful men "seemed" to be the smart ones, who were not overly violent, yet the viewer could not tell because you never know what is for real.

I guess I would call this a documentary and say it was interesting, and successful in the sense that it gets you to think about things you would not normally consider and piques your interest to know more, and even at the "reptilian" level gets one to think about violence, attraction, the link between violence and sex, some very basic things ... of course the movie is short on specifics, or answers, but it was fun and manages to bring out the attractive side of most of these guys even though they are trying like mad to appear tough and cold.

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