Fighting Tommy Riley (2005)
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as Marty Goldberg
as Tommy Riley
as Leroy Kane
as Mr. Riley
as Diane Stone
as Bob Silver
as Diane Stone
as Bob Silver's Assistant
Critic Reviews for Fighting Tommy Riley
In Fighting Tommy Riley, another boxing drama is asking audiences to gird themselves for more emotional gut punches.
Tommy Riley is a ten-cent Baby.
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.
This small, lovingly crafted film continually surprises with its depth and resonance.
Audience Reviews for Fighting Tommy Riley
The biggest flaw with 'Fighting Tommy Riley,' is that it's lead actor (Davis) just simply couldn't match his supporting actors (Jones) performance. Bad actors in fight films certainly isn't a new thing, but when you throw in serious subject matter, as well, you really should have an actor who is capable of at the very least , being able to hold his own. J.P. Davis is simply awful, and if he had landed the part in a 'Lionheart' remake, maybe we wouldn't have noticed.
This is a good, compelling movie. J.P. Davis is a great newcomer, and Eddie Jones is a bit over-the-top but perfect most of the time. And even though the dialogue feels like they've been cut and paste from a book of lines, the characters have great heart and soul, so in the end, you really do care for them.
Well done.. I had watched about 15 minutes of the movie before on Logo.. and finally decided to rent it to see the end.. I'm not impressed by the way they handled the gay character, but.. oh well.. the movie was far more about Tommy anyway.. and his character was human.. made some mistakes.. realized when he did it and tried to make up for it.. Well acted, mostly well written.. and for those willing to watch it all the way through.. a great story.