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Fightville (2012)

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Over the last decade, Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) has grown from a controversial no-holds-barred gladiatorial sideshow into a billion dollar phenomenon eclipsing boxing as the dominant combat sport in the world. But far from Las Vegas, in sweat-soaked gyms and low-rent arenas across America, the big lights are but a dream. Here, men fight to test their mettle, fortified with the mythic promise that an ordinary man can transform into a champion. Fightville is about the art and sport of fighting: a microcosm of life, a physical manifestation of that other brutal contest called the American Dream, where men are not born, but built through self determination, hard work and faith. It may be a myth, but in Fightville, that's what champions are made of. -- (C) Official Site
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Documentary , Special Interest
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Critic Reviews for Fightville

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (9)

'Fightville," you had me at "gladiator school."

Full Review… | April 20, 2012
New York Post
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An up-close but superficial portrait of aspiring MMA stars as they fight their way through the Cajun Country regional circuit.

Full Review… | April 19, 2012
Hollywood Reporter
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Ms. Epperlein and Mr. Tucker have talent and resolve - they spent months shooting "Fightville," a commitment that's scarcely evident - which makes the movie's superficiality all the more frustrating.

April 19, 2012
New York Times
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"Fightville" feels authentic about this world, where success may be measured in wins, but the balance of unrelenting brutality and self-discipline needed for those wins is a trickier equation.

Full Review… | April 19, 2012
Los Angeles Times
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The filmmakers take a mostly effective Hoop Dreams approach in showing how young hopefuls test the limits of their abilities and their economic situation.

Full Review… | April 19, 2012
AV Club
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It doesn't seem to display much of a point of view at all.

Full Review… | April 17, 2012
Time Out
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Audience Reviews for Fightville

Boring individuals talk about their aspirations to reach the top of a boring sport. Perfect to fall asleep to.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

"We build better men." A documentary that focuses on a group of young athletes in southern Louisiana as they work toward achieving their goals of becoming professional mixed martial arts fighters.

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Fightville was an insightful look at the intense world of MMA hopefuls fighting for the chance to earn a pro contract. The directors portrayed the characters in a way that made you root for them and feel like you were right there watching them struggle and succeed. This film will appeal to both UFC fans and non fans alike. The young fighters featured from the Lafayette, Louisiana area are as authentic as they come. The raw footage captures the intensity and sacrifice these warriors make. UFC and other pro fighting circuits are the quickest growing professional sports franchise worldwide. Young wrestlers, MMA fighters and boxers are gravitating toward the sport as a place where they can continue to pursue their dreams of being the ultimate warrior. Fightville shows us how they do it.

Lorenzo von Matterhorn
Lorenzo von Matterhorn

Super Reviewer

Fightville is an MMA documentary that follows the semi-pro careers of a pair of fighters, a fight trainer(Tim Credeur) and a promoter for the organization in which they fight. Although amateurish in nature, the film is fairly entertaining with a slight but possibly underdeveloped human interest side. With a run time of only 85 minutes, this is a must see documentary for MMA lovers.

Mike Wackt
Mike Wackt

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