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American Brawler (2013)

Barrio Brawler (original title)
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A martial arts instructor must enter the world of illegal pit fighting in order to save his family and his dojo.


Jose Montesinos


Jose Montesinos (screenplay)



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marco Antonio Alvarez Marco Antonio Alvarez ... Carlos Castillo
Dennis Ruel ... Ricky
O.G. Dave Rivera O.G. Dave Rivera ... Morales
E. Ambriz DeColosio E. Ambriz DeColosio ... Eduardo Ruiz
Morgan Benoit ... Chuy
Stacey Rose Stacey Rose ... Vanessa
Justin Perez Justin Perez ... Diego
Jon Carlo ... Drew
Jenna Davi Jenna Davi ... Karen
Natalie Aldajani Natalie Aldajani ... Sonia
Melissa Locsin Melissa Locsin ... Marta
Maya Tapia Maya Tapia ... Abuelita
Giovannie Espiritu ... Stella
George Herman George Herman ... Christopher
Ricardo Gamboa Ricardo Gamboa ... The Announcer (as Richard Gamboa)


A martial arts instructor must enter the world of illegal pit fighting in order to save his family and his dojo.

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Action | Crime | Drama


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Release Date:

27 August 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

American Brawler See more »

Filming Locations:

San Francisco, California, USA


Box Office


$200,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Taut Productions See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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References Batman (1966) See more »

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Surprisingly really good
13 August 2013 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

What a really pleasant surprise. If Barrio Brawler really is from The Asylum, they have finally shown that they have a movie that is actually more than decent in them. Before, the best of their movies were only watchable and mediocre and would warrant a 6 at most. Most of the time though, The Asylum's output is just terrible that might have some novelty value when you are not being infuriated at their ineptitude and their shameless ripping-off of various films classic or not. Barrio Brawler is a really good movie, one where you have to check a few times to see whether it really was distributed by The Asylum. There are no obvious rip-offs and effort is actually evident. The story is not the most original and is a little predictable at times, and the movie sometimes feels rushed. However, it's slickly shot, the slow motion technique(am not usually a fan) being put to authentic use in the fight sequences. The dialogue is smart, well-meaning and flows well, even if some of the Spanish idioms may go over the heads of those not familiar with them. The story is still delivered with energy and a lot of heart with some nice fresh twists in the mix. The characters are ones that you can identify with, the lead character Carlos in particular is a very well-rounded and written character, both likable and conflicted. The fight sequences are spirited and very well-choreographed, looking all fast and smooth. The locations are minimal but by no means cheap. The acting is great, Marco Antonio Alvarez and Dennis Ruel are perfect as Carlos and Ricky and O.G.Dave Rivera's Morales is a snake in every meaning of the word. Overall, really good, easily the best that The Asylum has done and by a clear mile too. 8/10 Bethany Cox

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