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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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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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Big hearted warriors pursue big dreams.
21 March 2012 | by (Brooklyn, NY USA) – See all my reviews

Full of heart, the documentary Fightville follows two perspective MMA fighters as they try to become professionals. Set in Louisiana, Fightville is gritty, and unflinching in its portrayal of the young men pursuing their dreams in the world of mixed martial arts. It's beautifully shot, compelling, and deep. The fighters, their trainers, and the fight promoters have thought long and hard about fighting, and it's place in the world, and they aren't afraid to tell it like it is. Everyone in the film is well spoken, and their insights are interesting. But more important than all of that is the story of the fighters. They pursue their own unique American dreams in two very different ways. One is driven, and single minded. The other wavers, and questions. I found myself rooting hard for both of them. I won't spoil it, but the tension built until the end. The climax had me at the edge of my seat, and the payoff was well worth the price of admission. Before watching Fightville, I wasn't a huge fan of MMA. I've changed my mind. These guys are big hearted warriors, who dream big. Their pursuit of those dreams is a story worth watching.


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