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The Kid: Chamaco (2009)
"Chamaco" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  January 2010 (USA)
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Abner is trapped in the rough life of Mexico City. His escape? Boxing. Dr. Frank Irwin (Martin Sheen) and his son Jimmy, a pro boxer, come together to teach Abner that the heart fuels the punches we throw in life.

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Dr. Frank Irwin
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Jimmy 'the Dream' Irwin
Álex Perea ...
Abner Torres
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Silvana Torres
Sofía Espinosa ...
Paulina
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Rigoberto Torres
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Officer Manuel Quintana
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Wilo (as Cristián Vásquez)
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Poncho
Juan Carlos Remolina ...
Raúl
Daniel Evangelista ...
José Daniel Evangelista
Rafael Valdes ...
Referee Saldivar
Joe Torrenueva ...
Dr. Luis Ortega
Michael Ellison ...
Mike Ellison
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Young Abner Torres wants to pursue professional boxing as his means to escape the pervasive poverty, prostitution, drug dealing and bullying police of his Mexican city. His abusive father already exploits him in illegal matches, keeping for himself whatever money Abner makes from it. Personal support comes Abner's way from his sister Silvana, best friend Wilo and girlfriend Paulina. Local physician Dr. Frank Irwin, a caring influence in the neighborhood, also takes an active interest in guiding the lad off the streets. Frank's son is Jimmy 'the Dream' Irwin, who is himself trying to make a boxing mark in American despite getting a little too old for the sport and nursing a broken hand. At Silvana's intercession, Jimmy begins training Abner at the local gym while beginning to fall for his sister. Just as things are looking good for Abner's chances, tragedy strikes, threatening to derail everyone's efforts to see him leave the ghetto. Written by statmanjeff

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Jimmy Irwin: He's a tough little booger.
Dr. Frank Irwin: Whadda you mean?
Jimmy Irwin: I saw him take a real beatin' at the gym today.
Dr. Frank Irwin: He and his sister are patients of mine at the clinic. He wants to be a professional fighter.
Jimmy Irwin: Well, there's a ridiculous dream, right? Least, that's what YOU say when I want to become a fighter.
Dr. Frank Irwin: I don't recall saying that.
Jimmy Irwin: How convenient.
Dr. Frank Irwin: Ah, stop bellyaching, for Christ's sake.
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Great boxing!
24 February 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Saw The Kid Chamaco in theaters. Very strong moving film that takes place in the immense city of Mexico City. The city is almost a character in the film. For those that know they clearly shot it all over the entire city.

Strong acting from both US and Mexican actors. One of my favorite actors is in the film in Gustavo Sanchez Parra. He is amazing in Amores Perros and many others.

Music in film is for the most part good. If there was any part of the film that may have been improved it would be the music over some of the boxing.

This is clearly one of the best boxing films ever made for the sport being shown as it is rather than fake "ala Rocky". For boxing fans four time world champion Marco Antonio Barrera is in the film and even one of the lead actors in the film Kirk Harris was a top amateur fighter. Other fighters in the cast include Daniel Evangelista. OK, so it becomes obvious I'm a huge fan of boxing, but the film still has something for everyone.


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