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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.

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Jason Connery

Writers:

Adam Mervis, Javier Rodriguez (contributing writer)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Wes Chatham ... Dillon
Devon Sawa ... Jake
Sarah Butler ... Amy
Neal McDonough ... LA Jim
Lucky Johnson Lucky Johnson ... Ace
Chris Browning ... Marks
Adam Mervis ... Ryan Maygold
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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Trivia

The film is called "Brawler" on the UK Netflix. See more »

Goofs

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

Ace: Three fights. That's what you owe. You win me three fights and we good. You lose, you, you and that trim you rolled up with gonn' get got.
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References The Wire (2002) See more »

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Down and Out
Written by Ian Honeyman and Daniel Rojas
Performed by Daniel Rojas
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No, it's not in Philadelphia
16 October 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The Philly Kid is a film about the Mixed Martial Arts fight game and if you think it's set in Philadelphia as I did you will be wrong. It is set in New Orleans and curiously enough nobody in that whole cast speaks with anything remotely resembling an accent you would find in New Orleans. You might as well have set the film in Philadelphia.

Other than that this is a pretty good film in the tradition of such fine boxing films like Champion, The Set-Up, The Square Jungle and the more recent Split Decisions. Young Wes Chatham and his friends Devon Sawa and Kris Von Damme are just out for an evening and truly and innocently get involved in a cop killing. Von Damme is dead, Sawa is wounded and Chatham does 10 years for something he didn't do.

Chatham was at one a promising college wrestler and when he gets out he finds Sawa in heavy to some gamblers. He learns the mixed martial arts game and agrees to some fights to get Sawa out of debt. He also falls for Sawa's sister Sarah Butler.

Like those other cited films The Philly Game is very honest and lucid about showing all the crookedness and double dealing that goes on. It's realistic and at times very brutal. Chatham has to navigate between gangsters, crooked promoters, and one bad crooked cop.

The fight scenes are as realistic as when I've looked in on real mixed martial arts matches. My favorite scene is when Chatham is drugged during a match and still comes out on top. All due to a fighting heart and an old wrestling maneuver.

The Philly Game did not get much notice coming out, but it's an undiscovered diamond in the raw if you look.


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11 May 2012 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

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$5,000,000 (estimated)
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