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Leo Leone has been wrestling since he was seven years old. As the only son of wrestling coach (and ex-state champion) Edward Leone, Leo's dedication to the sport was tied up in his love for... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Danny Mousetis Danny Mousetis ... Leo Leone
Derrick Nelson Derrick Nelson ... Young Leo
Jimi Petulla ... Coach Leone
Dawn Lafferty ... Jessica
Kelly Vint Castro Kelly Vint Castro ... Shaw (as Kelly Vint)
John Lloyd Sr. John Lloyd Sr. ... Roger
Jeff Breese Jeff Breese ... Johnny
Justin Spates Justin Spates ... Thurman Ellis Jr.
Guido Foehrweisser ... Thurman Ellis Sr. (as Guido Föhrweißer)
Paul E. Reihner II Paul E. Reihner II ... Referee (Trinity)
Heather Connor Heather Connor ... Ellen
Ben Policz Ben Policz ... Young Roger
Rich Burgdolt Rich Burgdolt ... Referee (Washington)
Tim Mousetis Tim Mousetis ... Jack Spates
Claire Throckmorton Claire Throckmorton ... Emily
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Leo Leone has been wrestling since he was seven years old. As the only son of wrestling coach (and ex-state champion) Edward Leone, Leo's dedication to the sport was tied up in his love for his father. Now Leo is seventeen. His life has been an endless cycle of training, sacrifice, and starving to make weight -- a process that is becoming ever more difficult during adolescence. He's tired of denying himself everything, and is feeling the lure of a world beyond the mat. Living paycheck to paycheck, working a dead-end job in the mines while coaching for no money, Leo's father Ed sees a wrestling scholarship as his son's only chance to escape the treadmill of life in a small Pennsylvania town. But though his motives are good, Ed is pushing his son too hard. Written by Anonymous

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Rated PG-13 for language, some teen substance abuse and thematic elements | See all certifications »

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zeroes in on the struggles of life and ignores the good stuff
16 November 2003 | by tommyboy-16See all my reviews

A decent movie that makes you think about athletics in general from a parent's perspective. This could be about parents wanting anything that they value for their child.

I felt the Dad was a good dad that was making the best with the hand delt him. He did not push his son without caring for him or without some reason. Some make the Dad look awful and that is not the truth. None of them had a great home life. He was not even the stereotypical father that was living through his son's victories becasue he was state champ himself. He just wanted his son to have a college education, that he did not have. He wanted more for his son than a mining job like him.

The wrestling was very good but you don't see that much sports action. I gave this movie a 7. I only gave it a seven for the fact that some of the choices were not how I think a human in that situation would choose. I also feel there were some situations in the movie not explained or were not real. The wrestling was real but some of the situations did not come off to me as real. The movie seemed to have an identiy crisis, it did not know what it wanted to be.

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14 September 2001 (USA) See more »

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A Fighting Chance See more »

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Pittsburgh ,Pennsylvania, USA See more »


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$300,000 (estimated)
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