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An ex-boxer's obsessive desire to win overshadows his role as a father when he relentlessly drives his son to become the champion he never was.


Adam Kane


Jonathan Hirschbein (as Jonny Hirschbein)
8 wins. See more awards »




Credited cast:
Robert Patrick ... Shay Riley
Kevin Chapman ... Cyrus
Travis Aaron Wade ... Benny
David Paymer ... Lew Devlin
Michael Raymond-James ... Michael
Kurt Caceres ... Chico
Leslie Hope ... Leslie
Henry Maguire Henry Maguire ... Danny
Kim Estes ... Matchmaker #1
Dennis Keiffer ... Dennis Armstrong
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Scott Edgecombe Scott Edgecombe ... Boxing Fan
Gabe Espino Gabe Espino ... Benny B
Judd Hollander Judd Hollander
Mike Justus ... (as Michael Justus)
Wade Sullivan ... Jerry


Shay Riley, once a heavyweight contender, lost his career years ago by throwing a fight for money. Now Shay coaches his son Benny in the ring. Shay's corner man Cyrus prepares Benny for the fights by injecting his hands with 'Novacain' to give him an edge. Benny quickly becomes hooked. He breaks down and visits Cyrus who gives him a fix in the middle of the night. On the high stakes fight night, Shay withholds the drugs. Benny explodes, confronting his father for the first time in his life. Fighting exhaustion and withdrawal, Benny fights valiantly in the last fight to no avail. Shay walks silently to the gym showers to find out what remains of his broken relationship with his son. Written by Anonymous

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A father will do whatever it takes to win


Short | Drama







Release Date:

22 February 2005 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »


Box Office


$60,000 (estimated)
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Travis Aaron Wade (Benny Riley) broke both his finger and nose during the final boxing scene of the film. The director Adam Kane had to rush Travis to the emergency room but the actor insisted that it was a wrap before they left. See more »

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19 September 2005 | by schooledgeSee all my reviews

very well done short film...feels like a feature! great production value, well written, acted, and directed. the director obviously cares about every facet of this production and it shows! I am really looking forward to seeing more for this director. had a dark, gritty feel, reminiscent of taxi driver or midnight cowboy and manages to reel the viewer in within a short period of time. Travis is electric while Robert plays the father with a commanding performance...he no longer deserves any references to the T2 movie we first met him in, he has grown so much as an actor and Kane does a great job of using this actor in his best light...everyone in this short film is very real and the story therefore impacts the viewer intensely...

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