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TAPIA takes us inside the tortured soul of Johnny Tapia, the 5-time world champion boxer whose unprecedented success was overshadowed by a volatile drug addiction brought on by the brutal rape and murder of his mother at the tender age of 8 years old. Director Eddie Alcazar candidly reveals Tapia's public struggles through intimate interviews, archival footage, and photos that showcase his vivacious personality and child-like gusto. With the love and support of his wife by his side, the film follows Johnny Tapia's rise to one of the most legendary fighters of our time, in and out of the ring. Written by Anonymous

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Moving and beautifully made
17 June 2013 | by (Los Angeles, United States) – See all my reviews

Just saw this documentary at the LA Film Fest. It is an emotionally stirring movie about the 5 time world boxing champion from Albuquerque, New Mexico Johnny Tapia. The story is told primarily through Tapia's own words, with well selected vintage footage documenting Tapia's rise, fall and struggle to overcome his demons with the help of his wife Teresa. Despite the sometimes grim subject matter Tapia is an engaging guide to his own life and never blames others for any of his hardships. The film also offers a glimpse into the local culture of Albuquerque that spawned Tapia and both nourished him and sowed the seeds of his troubles. Elegant direction by Albuquerque native Eddie Alcazar. Not just for sports fans.


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