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Fighting Tommy Riley (2004)

 -  Drama | Sport  -  2006 (Italy)
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An aging trainer and a young fighter, both in need of a second chance, team-up to overcome the demons of their past...and chase the dreams of their future.



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Credited cast:
Marty Goldberg
Tommy Riley
Diane Tayler ...
Diane Stone (as Diane M. Tayler)
Bob Silver
Leroy Kane
Freddie Holt
Mosley (as Michael Bent)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bob Silver's Executive
Adrian Vatsky ...
Alex (as Boris Gorovatsky)
Adam Visco ...


Trainer Marty Goldberg has been stuck working on the fringes of the professional circuit far too long. Searching for a way out, he discovers Tommy, a young man with raw talent to burn. Outside the ring however, Tommy displays a self-destructive streak that could end his career before it begins. Marty works with Tommy to tame that streak. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexual content | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

2006 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

Fighting Tommy Riley  »

Box Office


$200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$5,199 (USA) (6 May 2005)


$5,199 (USA) (6 May 2005)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Referenced in T.K.O. (2007) See more »

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Liked it in Spite of Itself
6 November 2006 | by (wisconsin) – See all my reviews

I wouldn't have watched this, except that I'm working my way through gay cinema. I find boxing absolutely THE lowest form of entertainment. I understand that many people like watching fights and fight movies but for me that's just a sad commentary on the human condition.

So, while this was on I had one eye on a magazine for the first third or so. By midpoint, I got interested and stopped reading the magazine. By three-quarters in, I was totally involved.

I thought the performances were all good. I was conscious of the score reinforcing the mood maybe a little too much. I liked this movie, even though I generally have little respect for the genre. I could appreciate Million Dollar Baby, but I didn't particularly like it. This movie I liked. That probably has more to do with my being gay than anything else.

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