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Poor Boy's Game (2007)

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Donnie Rose went to prison for beating a young man so brutally it left him handicapped for life. Nine years later, Donnie is out. He's a different man with only one place to go: back home ... See full summary »

Director:

Clement Virgo

Writers:

Marguerite Pigott (story editor), Chaz Thorne | 1 more credit »
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4 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rossif Sutherland ... Donnie Rose
Danny Glover ... George
Flex Alexander ... Ossie Paris
Greg Bryk ... Keith Rose
Laura Regan ... Emma
Tonya Williams ... Ruth Carvery (as Tonya Lee Williams)
Stephen McHattie ... Uncle Joe
K.C. Collins ... Charles Carvery
Hugh Thompson ... Chris Webb
Dwain Murphy ... Flipper
Wes Williams ... Nathan
Jeremy Akerman ... Mello
Carol Sinclair Carol Sinclair ... Abigail
Lee J. Campbell Lee J. Campbell ... Cyril
Timothy Edmonds Timothy Edmonds ... Dillon
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Storyline

Donnie Rose went to prison for beating a young man so brutally it left him handicapped for life. Nine years later, Donnie is out. He's a different man with only one place to go: back home to the same violent and racist neighborhood that created him. At the other end of town, the black community still wants revenge. The instrument of justice will be Ossie Paris, a devastatingly talented boxer who challenges Donnie to a match; a match Donnie's family and peers won't let him refuse. George Carvery has waited nine years to avenge his son's fate at the hands of Donnie. When finally they meet face to face, however, both realize they share a similar desire to overcome the past. As the barely contained racism boils to the surface, George and Donnie form a seemingly unlikely alliance. Their partnership makes them outcasts from both tribes, who will only be satisfied by blood in the ring. The two men get to know each other in the eye of a storm, knowing full well that their futures will be ... Written by Anonymous

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Taglines:

Divided by Hate. United by Violence. Driven by Honor.

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive language, strong sexual content and some violent images | See all certifications »
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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 March 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El Ășltimo asalto See more »

Filming Locations:

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Donnie (Rossif Sutherland) and George (Danny Glover) both fall onto their beds and begin to cry, only to be comforted by their love interests at different parts of the film. Both behave this way after an encounter with Charlie (K.C. Collins). See more »

Quotes

Donnie Rose: What the fuck is he doing here?
Ossie Paris: [Looks at Donnie] When you was a little kid, what did you wanna be when you growed up? I know Charles was either gonna be a fighter or workin' on the docks like his old man.
[Looks at Joe]
Ossie Paris: How much do you figure a guy makes a year starting down at the docks?
Uncle Joe: I dunno... Sixteen, eighteen thou?
Ossie Paris: [to himself] Sixteen, eighteen thou...
[Looks at Donnie]
Ossie Paris: I'll pay you eighteen to fight me.
Uncle Joe: That's a lot of money.
Ossie Paris: You know it's worth it, Joe.
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I was impressed
22 August 2008 | by rgcustomerSee all my reviews

I haven't had much good to say about films shot in Canada recently, but this is the exception. I hope race relations in Nova Scotia aren't this bad, but the film made me believe each of the characters were real. They all had a depth to them, and as others have mentioned, were all acted very well. It's true that some of this territory has been covered before, but I think it's safe to say nobody saw this particular ending coming quite the way it happened. My last comment is about the boxing scene, which I felt was unique in conveying the impacts of some of the blows. Other recent boxing movies have not had the same effect, for me. I look forward to more films of this calibre.


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