The Hammer (2011)

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Inspired by the life of deaf UFC fighter, Matt Hamill. The Hammer tells the story of what it takes to be a champion, on and off the mat. The Hammer is a coming of age drama depicting the struggles and successes of what it takes to become a champion. Raised among those with the ability to hear, Matt later finds himself no less an outsider amidst the Deaf Community. But through sheer determination, he uses his 'perceived' disability as an asset, and becomes not only the first deaf wrestler to win … More

Rating: PG-13 (for some sexual material)
Genre: Documentary, Drama, Sports & Fitness
Directed By:
Written By: Joseph McKelheer, Eben Kostbar
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 28, 2012
Runtime:
Third Planet Productions - Official Site

Cast


as Matt Hamill

as Stanley Leroy McCoy

as Kristi Jones

as Janet Hamill

as Coach Cantrell

as Coach Pruitt

as Pat Hamill

as Coach Rich

as Young Matt Hamill

as Vivian

as Dr. Hoffman

as Purdue Professor

as Rachel the Interpret...

as Jason Sloan

as Mechanic Daniel

as Mechanic Mikey

as Young Pat Hamill

as Special Needs Teache...

as Chad the R.A.

as Sloan's Coach

as Healdsburg Coach

as Announcer

as Derrick Logan

as Harold Russell

as Marge Russell

as Featured Pretty Jogg...

as Bully #1

as Bully #2
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Critic Reviews for The Hammer

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (3)

"The Hammer" never quite brings the pain, in the parlance of pro wrestling, leaving the film feeling heartfelt but flat.

Full Review… | October 26, 2011
Los Angeles Times
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Cleaving to the sports-as-salvation playbook with more fastidiousness than creativity, "The Hammer" offers a sincere but wearyingly formulaic portrait of triumph over adversity.

Full Review… | October 26, 2011
New York Times
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Overall this is a gentle and fascinating alternative to your typical noisy big-screen blockbuster.

Full Review… | October 26, 2011
Seattle Times
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Audience Reviews for The Hammer

I love a good biodrama. This one is about the life, and struggles, of the deaf UFC fighter Matt Hamill (The Hammer). It focuses primarily on his high school/college wrestling years. I was hoping that it would show more about the UFC experience, but that is barely touched upon. The story, though, is very well done, and I found myself really being touched by all he had to work through. I did find it funny that they changed the race of his best college fellow wrestling buddy (Jay). He is a white guy being played by a black guy....interesting concept. But still a good film....

itsjustme2004
Cynthia S.

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