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Sweet Dreams (2006)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Drama, Sport | 8 April 2006 (USA)
Over three years, Sweet Dreams tells the story of two Italian-American men. One of them, Gary "Tiger" Balletto is a 27-year-old boxer, who, burdened by the memories of a fellow boxer killed... See full summary »


(as Eric Scott Latek)


Credited cast:
Gary Balletto ...
Derek Fleming ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dino Autiello ...
Christina Balletto ...
Hailey Balletto ...
Jimmy Burchfield ...
Lino Cambio ...
Jimmy Hoffa Jr. ...
Teamster President
Union Meeting Attendee
Eddie Mustafa Muhammad ...
Kurt Reader ...
A.J. Vittone ...


Over three years, Sweet Dreams tells the story of two Italian-American men. One of them, Gary "Tiger" Balletto is a 27-year-old boxer, who, burdened by the memories of a fellow boxer killed in the ring, attempts to unionize the sport. Besides attempting to organize the only professional sport where athletes have no protection, Balletto shoulders the tasks of raising a family, running a construction business, and boxing professionally. Then there is Derek, a 19-year-old Bookie - and "wanna-be" wiseguy. Derek dreams of upholding a reputation as a tough, brutal enforcer but faces real hardship in this endeavor due to his gentle, soft-spoken, and sometime thoughtless ways. A film about inspiration and perseverance, about faith, fatherhood, friends and family, about the ethic that drives the working man. Written by Anonymous

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.85 : 1
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Sweet Dreams is a sweet cinematic ride
8 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If you wish to see a ground breaking docudrama that has lots of heart and a real story of triumph, heartbreak , and personal awareness. This is a must see. As the story unfolds you are drawn into the events of the subjects. I never was a huge fan of documentary style films until I watched this movie. I was so pulled into the story that I often waited for a mock one liner like "Go for it!" but then I remembered this wasn't fiction. What impressed me was these characters are at a age where life events play a major impact on the rest of their lives and as this films takes place over 3 years there is many twists and turns. It gave me the feel of what I saw as a kid when sitting through "Rocky" (the first one) with my Grandfather. Each character goes through their own personal trials and tribulations and they find their roads crossing and connecting along the time line. There are times that it seems to last a little longer than I would like but I'm the anxious type and want to get to the drama. But as you relax and let the story take it's course, I found it was necessary you understand certain events that relate to the story later on. I can't say after watching this film you'll want to take up the gloves but there is something there for everyone to take home and want to watch this movie again. It will make you believe in there can be a champion fighter in us all! Hope there is more to come from Eric Latek and his style of passionate film-making.

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