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Wrestle (2018)

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Hoop Dreams goes to the mat in WRESTLE, an intimate coming-of-age documentary about four members of a high-school wrestling team at Huntsville's J.O. Johnson High School, a longstanding ... See full summary »

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Suzannah Herbert, Lauren Belfer (co-director)
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Credited cast:
Teague Berres Teague Berres
Jaquan Rhodes Jaquan Rhodes
Jamario Rowe Jamario Rowe
Chris Scribner Chris Scribner
Jailen Young Jailen Young
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Hoop Dreams goes to the mat in WRESTLE, an intimate coming-of-age documentary about four members of a high-school wrestling team at Huntsville's J.O. Johnson High School, a longstanding entry on Alabama's list of failing schools. Coached by teacher Chris Scribner, teammates Jailen, Jamario, Teague, and Jaquan each face challenges far beyond a shot at the State Championship: splintered family lives, drug use, teenage pregnancy, mental health struggles, and run-ins with the law threaten to derail their success on the mat and lock any doors that could otherwise open. Tough-love coach Scribner isn't off the hook, either; he must come to terms with his own past conflicts while unwittingly wading into the complexities of race, class and privilege in the South. Director Suzannah Herbert and Co-Director Lauren Belfer captured over 650 hours of footage during the course of the team's final season to create this closely observed, deeply affecting depiction of growing up disadvantaged in America...

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22 February 2019 (USA) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$6,027, 24 February 2019, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$26,597, 21 April 2019
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Off the Mat
19 April 2019 | by codyedmundsSee all my reviews

Four young men and their dedicated wrestling coach make a run at state in this masterfully shot and edited documentary film. It will earn apt comparisons to Hoop Dreams but has as much in common with television's Friday Night Lights. These boys tenaciously meet all comers, but their greatest opponents are found off the mat. This is a film of poetry, beauty, ugliness and fury. You do not have to like wrestling to love this movie, but if you love wrestling it will be your favorite movie of the year. It is mine.


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