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The Philly Kid (2012)

R | | Action, Drama, Sport | 11 May 2012 (USA)
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A former NCAA champion wrestler, paroled after ten years in prison, agrees to a series of cage fights to save a friend's life and is asked to do the impossible - lose.

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Dillon
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Amy
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LA Jim
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Ace
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Marks
Adam Mervis ...
Ryan Maygold
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Lenny
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Allison Kaufman
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Spencer
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Arthur Letts
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Sanchez
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Tina
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Chase (as Kristopher Van Varenberg)
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An attempt to purchase beer becomes a nightmare for underage friends Chase, Jake and Dillon when Chase ends up dead, Jake gets shot in the back, and Dillon - a championship wrestler - goes to prison for manslaughter. Released after ten years, Dillon's greeted by Jake, who lines him up with a job and introduces him to the world of minor league MMA fighting. Due to Jake's outstanding gambling debt, Dillon agrees to three fights to cover it and literally save Jake's life but finds himself caught between gangsters, dirty cops, a shady promoter, a snide parole officer and Jake's disapproving sister. Written by statmanjeff

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His only way out is getting back in

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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Philly Kid  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)
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The film is called "Brawler" on the UK Netflix. See more »

Goofs

Among his many injuries, Jake gets shot in the mouth, putting a hole through his cheek. Though sutured up and leaving only a small scratch (remarkable in itself), the blast alone would have burned his mouth, yet the injury fails to impede Jake's diction in any degree. See more »

Quotes

LA Jim: I train the best, and the best all have that animal that I saw in you last night, but that's not enough. See, right now you can go on the ground with anyone. You just can't get 'em there. You're gonna learn how to stand up and fight, become a complete fighter. Yeah, that's what separates the street rats from the best. You're gonna want it, or eventually... you won't walk out.
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References The Wire (2002) See more »

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Two Hundred Grand
Written by Ian Honeyman
Performed by Ian Honeyman
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Decent "B" MMA/Fight drama
19 May 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I recently rented this off ITunes. I wasn't expecting much but to be entertained for 90 minutes and that's exactly what I got. The star Wes chatham as a recently paroled ex- NCAA wrestler played a believable role as someone forced to fight in the cage in order to save his longtime friend played by Devon sawa (almost unregognizable with his new veneer teeth) the fights are pretty well choreographed and are pretty realistic. To sum things up I would recommend this to fight fans or anyone looking to be entertained for 90 minutes. This is the fourth film I've seen in the after dark action films with the exception of stash house.


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