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Chris R. Wilson
After a life of hard knocks and wrong turns, boxer Ed Jones gets a second chance at fulfilling his life long dream of a World Boxing Championship. With the help of veteran promoter, Arliss King and the guidance of a former champ, Ed embarks on the come back of a lifetime. When Ed starts winning and with his popularity soaring, he draws the attention of an unscrupulous fight promoter, White Ferguson. Although tempted by promises of big money and boxing glory, Ed makes a decision to remain loyal to Arliss. His dream in sight, Ed is on top of the world and at the top of his game. With a new found confidence he goes on the road leaving his pregnant wife at home. His sacrifice seems justified until tragedy strikes with the death of his wife leaving him a single father with a fading dream. Haunted by guilt and regret, Ed turns away from boxing and returns to a path of self-destruction. Out of shape and out of luck, he agrees to one final fight. The house is packed, the fans are cheering, ... Written by
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This movie won't win any Oscars, but it was a solid, believable story that held up and kept my interest throughout. With a few exceptions, the performances were all believable. I especially enjoyed Pat Richardson as Arliss King, but I'm afraid Gary Busey seemed to be sleepwalking through his role. As a rule, I've never been a big fan of boxing movies, though this one presented a story and characters that were pretty credible. I spent some time in Oklahoma in the 1990s, so some of the locations brought back a few nice memories and the regional characters were much like I remember them. To be honest, I wasn't sure just what to expect from this movie, but the writing, story, camera work, editing, pacing and other production values were on par with a lot of the made-for-cable movies I've watched over the years. Considering its rather modest budget and mostly unknown cast, it was surprisingly well done. This movie didn't disappoint me at all and I can recommend it without reservation.
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