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Fighting Tommy Riley (2004)

R | | Drama, Mystery, Romance | 2006 (Italy)
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An aging trainer and a young fighter, both in need of a second chance, team-up to overcome the demons of their past...and chase the dreams of their future.


Eddie O'Flaherty


J.P. Davis
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Eddie Jones ... Marty Goldberg
J.P. Davis ... Tommy Riley
Christina Chambers ... Stephanie
Diane Tayler Diane Tayler ... Diane Stone (as Diane M. Tayler)
Paul Raci ... Bob Silver
Don Wallace ... Leroy Kane
Scot Belsky ... Freddie Holt
Emanuel Zacarias Emanuel Zacarias ... Benitez
Carlos Palomino Carlos Palomino ... Hector
Michael Bentt ... Mobley (as Michael Bent)
Winston Bailey Winston Bailey ... Roy Norris
Pepper Roach Pepper Roach ... Pepper
Eric Brown Eric Brown ... Asst. Trainer
Charles 'Chillie' Wilson Charles 'Chillie' Wilson ... Hector's Assistant Trainer
Frank McGonagle Frank McGonagle ... Benitez Fight Ref (as Franko McGonagle)


Trainer Marty Goldberg has been stuck working on the fringes of the professional circuit far too long. Searching for a way out, he discovers Tommy, a young man with raw talent to burn. Outside the ring however, Tommy displays a self-destructive streak that could end his career before it begins. Marty works with Tommy to tame that streak. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Rated R for language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

Did You Know?


Marty Goldberg: Which one you finished him up with?
Tommy Riley: Right.
Marty Goldberg: Right, of course. First rule of boxing and the first rule of life. And you learned it tonight.
Tommy Riley: What's that?
Marty Goldberg: Never stop punching, keep on punching, keep on punching and you'll always have a shot.
Tommy Riley: Who's that quote from?
Marty Goldberg: Me.
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Referenced in T.K.O. (2007) See more »

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Superlative Drama
7 January 2006 | by philip-1See all my reviews

Fighting Tommy Riley is simply one of the best Indie films I've seen. It had me glued to the screen within ten minutes. J.P. Davis is a multi-talented man. In addition to playing the title character, he wrote the screenplay and produced the movie as well. And he can act! On the surface he looks like an underwear model, like so many up and coming 20's actors, but this guy has a complete emotional vocabulary. Mainstream Hollywood should be at his doorstep. He completely inhabits Tommy Riley in a way that very few actors with the right "look" could ever hope to achieve. Casting veteran actor Eddie Jones was a coup. Jones meets Davis's intensity on every level and the two of them create a complicated and wonderful rapport. Jones, in fact, is heart breaking; a character that so often slumps into empty sentimentality is rendered with honest reality.

The film is directed superbly. The story is told clearly and directly. The gay subtext of trainer lusting after fighter is handled frankly, sincerely and with a bittersweet truth. It exposes a sad case in our society, straight or gay, that older people are denied physical love at every level.

This is a far more engrossing film than Hollywood hype favorites Cinderella Man and Million Dollar Baby. Director O'Flaherty has more talent in his pinkie than does Ron Howard and Clint Eastwood in their collective big buck bodies.

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English | Spanish

Release Date:

2006 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,199, 8 May 2005

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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