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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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Alan Vint

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Jimi Petulla
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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 September 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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Worth seeing.
28 September 2003 | by scottmallonSee all my reviews

Fortunately for me I get HBO here in Thailand. I've seen this movie a few times, once while in Cambodia and once while in Thailand. This movie is a little syrupy and the acting is not the best but for some reason everything works and the movie turns out to be pretty good. I am a relatively new father of two and this definitely is a father's movie. Check it out.


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