In this gritty action tale, a young wrestler competes in the world of underground fighting to raise money for his ailing mother. But will he survive his next match?





Cast overview, first billed only:
George Thomas ... Ali Jahani (as George Kosturos)
Tommy Flanagan ... McClellen
Sean Patrick Flanery ... Duke
Bryan Craig ... Ryan
Allison Paige ... Heidi
Parviz Sayyad ... Mr. V
Salome Azizi ... Mrs. Goli Jahani
Vince Hill-Bedford ... Chet Mueller
Tony Panterra Tony Panterra ... Mr. Farhad Jahani (as Tony Pasha Panterra)
Kevin Porter ... Coach Jenkins
Anna Zielinski ... Fiona
Ali Saam ... Savama Agent
Christina Moore ... Joy
Anoush Sadegh ... Tehran Doctor
John Ducey ... Captain Dennis Martin


Desperate for cash to save his deathly ill mother, college wrestler Ali (George Kosturos, AMERICAN WRESTLER: THE WIZARD) enters the hidden world of underground fighting. Ali shows promise, but he lacks skills, and gets beaten bloody. Duke (Sean Patrick Flanery, THE BOONDOCK SAINTS), a troubled handler, takes pity on the boy and trains him to be a fierce competitor-but is it enough to make Ali a winner? This gritty action tale also stars Tommy Flanagan ("Sons of Anarchy").

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Nostalgic Fight Movie with Heart
20 July 2020 | by walkerboeSee all my reviews

American Fighter is a deceiving title as it's not what you might think from it's name. It's actually a harrowing story of a young man fighting on many different levels. He combats racism in 1981 (not a great time to be Iranian in America, see the Iranian hostage crisis), fighting to save his ailing mother who's stuck in a war torn Iran and of course swinging fisticuffs in the ring. All in all this is a heart wrenching and ultimately heart warming tale with really solid performances. Film veterans Tommy Flanagan and Sean Patrick Flanery really shine while new comers George Kosturos an Bryan Craig knock it out of the park!

I highly recommend checking this gritty, fun throwback action flick with tons of heart.

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