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Bounce: Behind the Velvet Rope (2000)

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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Surprising look at Bouncers
3 July 2001 | by (Washington DC) – See all my reviews

Bouncers, most people take them for granted as they slip in and out of nightclubs but they are omnipresent, like the fixtures in the bar. This delightfully interesting film takes a close look at the day to day lifes of the men that enjoy inflicting physical pain upon others. You would expect men with such a strong predilection for violence would live lifes of constant brutality but the film manages to show the many facets that make up these men that do not fit in. It would be too easy to ridicule and dismiss but Steven Cantor manages to rise above that to show the spiritual, tender and even banal bits of these men. You find yourself beginning to identify with them, rooting for Black Prince to get a better job, giggling at the DeMaio twins worship of Sly Stallone and liking the garrulous Guv'nor. In turns touching, amusing and frightening but never boring. Some violence is shown in the context of the job but it doesn't feel gratuitous, merely the thing that these men do best.

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