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)  »

Also Known As:

Leões-de-Chácara - Os Bastidores da Noite  »

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$7,502 (USA) (7 September 2001)


$7,502 (USA) (7 September 2001)

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22 July 2003 | by (la) – See all my reviews

I'm surprised that one person commented that the bouncers were likable and intelligent. Black Prince was the only actual likable person and you really wanted him to get the job. Other than that, the bouncers here (at least the American ones) were uneducated, violent, over-grown children.

The two twins were laughable. I really enjoyed every minute they were on camera because they were not bright, nor likable. Interesting? Oh yeah. Their worship of Sly Stallone was icing on the cake. They want to be actors, yet were nervous on camera. They are supposed to be agile, superstuds, yet had no coordination when it came to tossing a football around. My favorite part though was when asked what they would be doing if they weren't bouncers: cartoonists. Classic.

The most disturbing bouncer of all was the ex-convict with all the tattoos (his name escapes me). He looks like a bouncer and I believe him when he says no one could beat him. He was all about the violence. He is the type of person who lives for breaking heads. He complains about how he can't kill people, only hurt them. When he talks about his kids and how when he's 50, they'll be able to kill anyone for anything legally, you know this person is deranged.

A solid documentary, if you get the chance, view it.

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