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Fighting Tommy Riley (2005)

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A young fighter and an elderly trainer try to trade their shaky futures in for a championship belt in this independent drama. Tommy Riley (J.P. Davis) is a boxer whose young career is already in decline; while he has talent, he also has personal demons to contend with, a sloppy style in the ring, and is still trying to get over a bad breakup with his girlfriend Stephanie (Christina Chambers). As Tommy tries to find a way back into the spotlight, he meets Marty Goldberg (Eddie Jones), an aging former fighter who struggles to make ends meet. Marty thinks he knows how to channel Tommy's gifts and make him the successful fighter he could be, though he soon discovers getting past Tommy's emotional defenses is no small task. In time, Marty grooms Tommy into a comeback kid, and they develop a powerful emotional bond, but when a secret from Marty's past unexpectedly rises to the surface, it threatens to undo all the two friends have accomplished together. Fighting Tommy Riley was written by co-star J.P. Davis, who stipulated that he be cast in the title role before he would allow his script to be used.

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Cast

Eddie Jones
as Marty Goldberg
J.P. Davis
as Tommy Riley
Diane Tayler
as Diane Stone
Diane M. Taylor
as Diane Stone
Scot Belsky
as Mr. Riley
Paul Raci
as Bob Silver
Don Wallace
as Leroy Kane
Adam Harlan
as Bob Silver's Assistant
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Critic Reviews for Fighting Tommy Riley

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (7)

If it fails to land its big final punch, it's still a contender.

May 6, 2005 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
San Francisco Chronicle
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In Fighting Tommy Riley, another boxing drama is asking audiences to gird themselves for more emotional gut punches.

May 6, 2005 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
New York Times
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Tommy Riley is a ten-cent Baby.

May 6, 2005 | Rating: 1.5/4
New York Post
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The sort of slick-looking indie that plays well at film festivals, this heavy-handed boxing drama is really just a flyweight bulked up on cliches and false sentimentality.

May 6, 2005 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
New York Daily News
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This small, lovingly crafted film continually surprises with its depth and resonance.

May 5, 2005 | Rating: 5/5
Los Angeles Times
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Anchored by Eddie Jones' passionate performance as the trainer dragged from mysterious retirement, the film also benefits from its convincing milieu.

May 5, 2005 | Full Review…
L.A. Weekly
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