Poor Boy's Game (2007)

R  |   |  Drama  |  14 March 2008 (USA)
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Donnie Rose went to prison for beating a young man so brutally it left him handicapped for life. Nine years later, Donnie is out. He's a different man with only one place to go: back home ... See full summary »


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Donnie Rose went to prison for beating a young man so brutally it left him handicapped for life. Nine years later, Donnie is out. He's a different man with only one place to go: back home to the same violent and racist neighborhood that created him. At the other end of town, the black community still wants revenge. The instrument of justice will be Ossie Paris, a devastatingly talented boxer who challenges Donnie to a match; a match Donnie's family and peers won't let him refuse. George Carvery has waited nine years to avenge his son's fate at the hands of Donnie. When finally they meet face to face, however, both realize they share a similar desire to overcome the past. As the barely contained racism boils to the surface, George and Donnie form a seemingly unlikely alliance. Their partnership makes them outcasts from both tribes, who will only be satisfied by blood in the ring. The two men get to know each other in the eye of a storm, knowing full well that their futures will be ... Written by Anonymous

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Divided by Hate. United by Violence. Driven by Honor.



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Rated R for pervasive language, strong sexual content and some violent images | See all certifications »




Release Date:

14 March 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El último asalto  »

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Donnie and George both fall onto their beds and begin to cry, only to be comforted by their love interests at different parts of the film. Both behave this way after an encounter with Charlie. See more »


Donnie Rose: [Sees Dylan playing outside] Isn't it past his bedtime?
Emma: Somebody was in his room.
[Referring to Donnie's meeting with the hooker]
Donnie Rose: Sorry.
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Very good drama about forgiveness and redemption
20 February 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

After seeing this film at the Pan African Film Festival, I was struck not just by the importance of its message but the universal appeal of the film as a whole. This is a story that truly crosses racial boundaries. Danny Glover is excellent as usual, but the entire cast is talented, and the lead actor, Rossif Sutherland, is definitely one to watch. The story begins with a vicious attack by an almost unreedemable lead character. His journey through the prison system to the boxing ring forces him to confront his inner demons, and to ask forgiveness from those he has harmed. Definitely worth seeing at a film festival or anywhere you can find it!

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