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Going to the Mat (2004)

Jace Newfield has a problem. Besides being blind and being the new kid at school, his problem is that the kids at his new school thinks he's a jerk. Jace has to find a way to be accepted ... See full summary »

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Stuart Gillard

Writers:

Chris Nolan (story), Laurie Nolan (story) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Andrew Lawrence ... Jace Newfield
Khleo Thomas ... Vincent 'Fly' Shue
Alessandra Torresani ... Mary Beth Rice (as Alessandra Toreson)
Wayne Brady ... Mason Wyatt
D.B. Sweeney ... Coach Rice
Billy Aaron Brown ... John Lambrix
Brenda Strong ... Patty Newfield
Brian Wimmer ... Tom Newfield
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Big Budah Big Budah ... Referee #3
Scott Christopher ... Mr. Kamins
Kelsi Cullimore Kelsi Cullimore ... Violinist
Paul Dart Paul Dart ... Referee #1
Daniel Henze Daniel Henze ... T-Rex Turner
Spencer Ito Spencer Ito ... Background Wrestler
Ric Johnson Ric Johnson ... Referee #2
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Storyline

Jace Newfield has a problem. Besides being blind and being the new kid at school, his problem is that the kids at his new school thinks he's a jerk. Jace has to find a way to be accepted into his new school. Joining the wrestling team just might work. Written by Sarah Faulkner

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Drama | Family | Sport

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 March 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der große Kampf See more »

Filming Locations:

Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color
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Trivia

At the beginning, Jace tells a kid he just met to call him Daredevil. Jace is also blind and wears red. This is, most likely, an omage to the Marvel superhero, Daredevil. See more »

Quotes

Coach Rice: [Jace's shoulder pops out after a wrestling match] Popped out?
Jace: Yeah. Means you can just - pop it back in, right?
Coach Rice: I *can*. But it's gonna kill.
Jace: Can't be any worse than it already is.
Coach Rice: All right. I'll help you out. Relax, let me have the wing. Let me have the arm.
[holds Jace's arm. ]
Coach Rice: Hey Mary Beth.
[Jace relaxes. Coach pops Jace's shoulder back into place]
Coach Rice: Ice. Ice it good.
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Soundtracks

Going to the Mat
Music by Russell Kunkel
Lyrics by Katisse Buckingham
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Surprisingly Good...
23 March 2004 | by PrettyPuyolSee all my reviews

I thought it would be cheesy being a Disney channel movie, but it was really good. I think Andrew Lawrence has a bright future as an actor. I was about to write him off as another Lawrence brother, but I think he's the most talented of the three. He played a blind kid very very well. His movements and his affects were very believable and he delivered his lines very well.

The story was pretty entertaining and the portrayal of the blind was pretty original, too. You don't see wrestling featured in high school movies very often, let alone consider it a sport the blind can participate in. And it was nice to see things like beeping backboards in basketball as another way to incorporate the blind into everyday things they usually couldn't have participated in before. I also really loved the music featured in the movie, especially the guitar pieces "Jace" played. It's definitely worth taping if you can catch one of the repeats.


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