On the Ropes (1999)
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The dreams and struggles of three aspiring boxers and the trainer who works with them (at the same Bed-Stuy gym where Mike Tyson used to work out) form the basis of On The Ropes, a documentary that debuted at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival. Noel Santiago, a one-time gang member, has the skills to be a good boxer, but lacks the conviction to work through the struggles involved. George Walton, a Golden Gloves champ, had his shot at a professional career but lost it at the hands of a crooked
Aug 18, 1999 Wide
Apr 25, 2000
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The American dream has not been so effectively fought for onscreen in a long, long time.
One of the best docs of the last decade
A marvelously compelling documentary, even if it seems rigged when it isn't.
Despite gritty settings and occasionally harsh language, it's a warm, uplifting film that deserves a wide audience.
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