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Glass Chin (2014)

Not Rated | | Drama, Thriller | 26 June 2015 (USA)
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A down-on-his-luck former boxing champ is forced to make a choice between friendship and ambition when he is framed for murder.

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Noah Buschel

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Noah Buschel
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Credited cast:
Katherine Waterston ... Patricia Petals O'Neal
Billy Crudup ... J.J. Cook
Corey Stoll ... Bud Gordon
Kelly Lynch ... Mae Graham
Marin Ireland ... Ellen Doyle
Ron Cephas Jones ... Ray Ellington (as Ron C. Jones)
Elizabeth Rodriguez ... Rita Sierra
Brendan Sexton III ... Jimmy Musial
Yul Vazquez ... Roberto Flash
John Ventimiglia ... Jack Marchiano
Michael Chernus ... Brian Colby
David Johansen ... Stanley Loori
Halley Feiffer ... Kathryn Glassman
Anthony Arkin ... Homer Nicholas
Ivan Martin ... Detective Gerard Herko
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A former welterweight champ has retired early from boxing, but is unsatisfied living out of the limelight in New Jersey. He goes across the river, to Manhattan, to try to reclaim his glory by lending his name to a shady restaurateur. Written by Anonymous

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Murder is an art

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Drama | Thriller

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USA

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English

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26 June 2015 (USA) See more »

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Barbie de sticla See more »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)
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ONEZERO Films See more »
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Pride and Character
24 June 2015 | by David FergusonSee all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. "Glory Days, well they'll pass you by" is a familiar line sung by Bruce Springsteen, and writer/director Noah Buschel brings that New Jersey sentiment to his latest film. We follow the travails of a former boxer struggling with the faded spotlight and his perceived lack of respect, while also seemingly oblivious to the maintenance his personal relationship requires.

Corey Stall (familiar to "House of Cards" fans) plays Bud "The Saint" Gordon, a retired boxer whose self-named local neighborhood hangout recently closed its doors. Bud is trying to figure out how to reclaim the good life afforded by his boxing winnings, and is opposed to his girlfriend Ellen (Marin Ireland) taking a waitress job to help out. He agrees to train a young up-and-coming boxer prepare for a fight, while also agreeing to work with a shady shyster named J.J. (Billy Crudup). Bud and J.J. have a history, and it's soon pretty clear that J.J. is some type of offbeat (he owns a snow leopard) kingpin or mobster, who finds a financial and psychological edge in all dealings.

Yul Vazquez plays J.J.'s lead henchman and has the "flashiest" (his character name is Flash) role in the film, although Crudup's character could have been even more fun if allotted more screen time. Also making brief appearances are Kelly Lynch, Katherine Waterston, and David Johansen. Of course, Mr. Johansen is a former member of The New York Dolls, and their song "Trash" plays a key role in one of Bud's earliest scenes working with Flash.

There is an unmistakable class theme – the have's vs the have-nots. The two sides are clear in Manhattan vs. New Jersey, and J.J. vs. Bud. The most interesting part of the story is with Bud's attempt to figure out the harsh ways of life, even as we viewers recognize he requires no shades for his future. Although both themes are pretty familiar in the movie world, Mr. Buschel opts to only scratch the surface on both the faded hero and the mob world. Instead, it's more of a dialogue-driven drama that questions where the line in the morality sand is drawn.


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