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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.


Jason Connery


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)


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


Action | Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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


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 »


LA Jim: I train the best, and the best all have that animal that I saw in you last night, but that's not enough. See, right now you can go on the ground with anyone. You just can't get 'em there. You're gonna learn how to stand up and fight, become a complete fighter. Yeah, that's what separates the street rats from the best. You're gonna want it, or eventually... you won't walk out.
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References The Wire (2002) See more »


Terminal Viscosity
Written and performed by Ian Honeyman
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10 May 2013 | by splinter_cell_leeSee all my reviews

The movie exceeded my expectations, the fighting was rather realistic for most of the first half of the movie, I cringed when they called an arm triangle/head and arm choke a "guillotine choke" in the last half of the movie but otherwise it was alright. I thought it was funny seeing the villain from Walking Tall in there and Rich Clementi as the secondary trainer made me crack a grin. All in all I give it a 7 out of 10, it's at least worth a one-time watch especially for MMA fans. Some interesting stuff I would suppose. I thought the acting of course could have been better and the budget was a bit bad (the gunshot wound), but the story was decent in my opinion. I would and probably will watch it again.

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Release Date:

11 May 2012 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA


Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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