The Ring (1952)
In this provocative boxing drama, a Chicano boy from the barrios of Southern California is unable to find a good job because so many employers are biased against "lazy Mexicans." He then tries to make some money prizefighting. He is managed by Pete, and despite his family's objections he is a successful fighter, until he, desperate to prove himself, begins taking opponents whose experience and talent exceed his. He then quits fighting. This leads to a humiliating incident in a cafe where a waitress refuses to serve him because he is Mexican American. Tommy then begins to believe that the only way to overcome the racism and prove that he is not a stereotype is to keep on fighting (in the ring) for a better life for his girlfriend and himself. Unfortunately, during a championship bout, he is brutally beaten, leading Tommy to believe himself a failure. It is his girl friend who encourages him to fight his battle in other ways. … More
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