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Fightville (2011)

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A documentary that focuses on a group of young athletes in southern Louisiana as they work toward achieving their goals of becoming professional mixed martial arts fighters.

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'Bad' Chad Broussard ...
Himself - Boxing Coach
Jere' Folley Chaisson ...
Herself - Dustin's Mom
'Crazy' Tim Credeur ...
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Derek Gauthier ...
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Gil 'The Thrill' Guillory ...
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Lori Guillory ...
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Corey Judice ...
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Derrick Krantz ...
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Ronny Lis ...
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Dustin 'The Diamond' Poirier ...
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Paul Soileau ...
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Yell out "fight!" on a street corner and a crowd will always come running--at once attracted and repelled by the violent spectacle of man acting on his most primal urge. The draw of two men fighting is as old as civilization itself, but as far back as Plato, the sport of fighting has been at odds with the notion of a civil society. Over the last decade, Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) has grown from a controversial no-holds-barred gladiatorial sideshow into a billion dollar phenomenon eclipsing boxing as the dominant combat sport in the world. But far from Las Vegas, in sweat-soaked gyms and low-rent arenas across America, the big lights are but a dream. Here, men fight to test their mettle, fortified with the mythic promise that an ordinary man can transform into a champion. FIGHTVILLE is about the art and sport of fighting: a microcosm of life, a physical manifestation of that other brutal contest called the American Dream, where men are not born, but built through self determination, hard... Written by Anonymous

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Compelling Depiction of Modern Day Gladiators
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If you like MMA, you owe it to yourself to see "Fightville." This documentary takes you to the minor leagues of MMA, to the de facto "farm system" that exists for would-be's, poseurs and wannabe's who dream of making it to the Big Stage of the UFC. Some may make it to those big leagues. Most will not.

"Fightville" depicts unsparingly the blood, sweat and tears of those who undertake the journey. Much of the film depicts the rise of Dustin Poirier, who now is an up and comer in the UFC. (In fact, he is headlining a UFC event on May 15th against "The Korean Zombie" in Fairfax, VA.) Equally compelling, though, are the stories of the fighters whose quest for pugilistic fame and monetary fortune fell short, those who juggle personal life turmoil, injuries, jobs and broken families to chase their dream.

This is a compelling slice of life view of small town MMA in southern Louisiana. In the midst of this unlikely setting, we see the MMA training facility run by Tim Credeur, an MMA fighter, trainer and former contestant on "The Ultimate Fighter" reality show. Whether speaking to the camera about the lifestyle price to be paid, in beating the #$%$ of a fighter who has been skimping on training, Credeur embodies a 21st century manifestation of The Warrior Ethos. It is an ethos he tries to impart to all of his fighters – unflinching, all in and no excuses.

Also fascinating is the side story of the Gill "The Thrill" Guillory, who promotes these small town MMA events. He runs the business on a shoestring, engaging his wife and kids to help him promote the events. He sets up the stage, contracts for the venues at state fairgrounds, rodeo parks and coliseums, promotes the fighters and does everything but wash dishes and sell programs. His passion for the fight game is palpable.

"Fightville" also features a very slick soundtrack, which I really enjoyed. In short, if you are an MMA fan, watching "Fightville" will be a treat, like the biggest slice of your favorite pie for dessert. Each story line is fascinating. The tale is often bitter, occasionally sweet and offers a glimpse into modern day gladiators who continue a centuries-old tradition that propels some men to enter the cage to test their mettle. Two thumbs up for "Fightville'!!


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