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The Philly Kid (2012)

R | | Action, Drama, Sport | 11 May 2012 (USA)
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A former NCAA champion wrestler, paroled after ten years in prison, agrees to a series of cage fights to save a friend's life and is asked to do the impossible - lose.

Director:

Jason Connery

Writer:

Adam Mervis
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Wes Chatham ... Dillon
Devon Sawa ... Jake
Sarah Butler ... Amy
Neal McDonough ... LA Jim
Lucky Johnson ... Ace
Chris Browning ... Marks
Adam Mervis Adam Mervis ... Ryan Maygold
Bernard Hocke Bernard Hocke ... Lenny
Ava Bogle ... Allison Kaufman
Eric Scott Woods ... Spencer
Michael Jai White ... Arthur Letts
Andrew Sensenig ... Larry
Rich Clementi Rich Clementi ... Sanchez
Kasey Emas ... Tina
Kris Van Damme ... Chase (as Kristopher Van Varenberg)
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An attempt to purchase beer becomes a nightmare for underage friends Chase, Jake and Dillon when Chase ends up dead, Jake gets shot in the back, and Dillon - a championship wrestler - goes to prison for manslaughter. Released after ten years, Dillon's greeted by Jake, who lines him up with a job and introduces him to the world of minor league MMA fighting. Due to Jake's outstanding gambling debt, Dillon agrees to three fights to cover it and literally save Jake's life but finds himself caught between gangsters, dirty cops, a shady promoter, a snide parole officer and Jake's disapproving sister. Written by statmanjeff

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His only way out is getting back in

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Action | Drama | Sport

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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 May 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Philly Kid See more »

Filming Locations:

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

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$5,000,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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The film is called "Brawler" on the UK Netflix. See more »

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Among his many injuries, Jake gets shot in the mouth, putting a hole through his cheek. Though sutured up and leaving only a small scratch (remarkable in itself), the blast alone would have burned his mouth, yet the injury fails to impede Jake's diction in any degree. See more »

Quotes

Dillon: What's in it for you?
LA Jim: Twenty percent. You fight who I say, when I say.
Dillon: I don't think I'm the fighter you're lookin' for.
LA Jim: Well, I don't know either, but after what I saw last night, and from what I know, I think you owe it to yourself to find out.
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References The Wire (2002) See more »

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Death Wish
Written by Ian Honeyman and Daniel Rojas
Performed by Daniel Rojas
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Step into the cage with the Philly Kid
24 October 2012 | by rgblakeySee all my reviews

With the explosion of the MMA world there have been more and more films following it but much like every other genre they don't always work. The latest to tackle the genre is the Philly Kid featuring Wes Chatham, Devon Sawa, Neal McDonough, and Michael Jai White. Can this latest fight drama deliver the one two punch is it striving for or will it get knocked down for the count?

Philly Kid follows a former NCAA wrestler just out of jail who is forced into the underground cage fighting scene to save a friend's life. This film doesn't bring anything all that new to the genre, but it is still well crafted enough to be entertaining. The story here is a pretty straight forward formula that has been used countless times, but works to deliver the overall feel they are going for. The performances were all decent enough, but sadly Michael Jai White is barely here. He has such a commanding presence whether he is fighting of just talking that his bits are great, but isn't given anything to do to bring this movie up a notch. Neal McDonough did a great job, but in reality it would have been nice to see him and White switch places as they are both better fit for the other parts. IT was nice to see Devon Sawa who had a huge surge for a while there, then seemingly dropped out of the spotlight for a bit. Chatham did a decent job carrying the film, but just didn't bring anything all that special to the role. The real spotlight here is really the fighting which is well done, but never really pushes the boundaries to give it the stand out action it needed.

Philly Kid is a decent addition to the MMA genre delivering some decent performances and action. With a little more time spent on stepping up the quality of the action it could have been so much more, but unless you are actually into martial arts, then it probably won't be anything you notice because it is well shot and executed. If you're looking for a decent martial arts rental then give Philly Kid a try.


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