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The Philly Kid (2012)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
LA Jim
Adam Mervis ...
Ryan Maygold
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Arthur Letts
Rich Clementi ...
Kasey Emas ...


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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11 May 2012 (USA)  »

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Philly Kid  »

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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 »


Dillon: When do we start?
LA Jim: You got a girl?
Dillon: No.
LA Jim: [handing over some cash] Go get one tonight, 'cause tomorrow your legs are mine. Girls are like kryptonite to legs.
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References The Wire (2002) See more »


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Written By Ian Honeyman and Christopher Leigh Curtis
Performed by Ian Honeyman' and Chuck Preston
Produced and Mixed 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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