On the Ropes (1999)
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Critic Reviews for On the Ropes
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.
[The film's] attitude is kind of a don't ask-don't tell policy: we won't ask why we're supposed to be emotionally moved, and [the filmmakers] won't tell us.
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[color=black]Insider movie news - it's so rare that I have any. Basically, I know nothing about the movie business other than what I read in US Magazine.[/color] [color=#000000][/color] [color=#000000]Except when it comes to Oscar-nominated documentarian Nanette Burstein. Director of The Kid Stays In The Picture, Nanette is my only link to the movie industry. [/color] [color=#000000][/color] [color=#000000]I spoke to her today and learned she is putting together funding for a new documentary about the actors' home in LA, the independent living center for former actors and other movie people. She hopes to start shooting in the spring.[/color] [color=#000000][/color] [color=#000000]Nanette needs about 1.5 million for the project. She has enough to shoot but not edit or, for that matter, market. If you'd like to invest in the project, let me know and I'll put you in touch with her office.[/color] [color=#000000][/color] [color=#000000]Also, she suggested I name my unborn son, I swear to God, Sparky Sparkman Davis. Nanette is a genius but she's not entirely well.[/color] [color=#000000][/color] [img]http://www.offoff.com/radiotv/thumbnails/nanette.2004.jpg[/img]
this is a must-see for boxing fans, but i also believe the casual viewer would enjoy it, i'd rate it a "7" for the non-boxing fan....it's a documentary centering around 3 boxers based out of a gym in the bed-sty section of brooklyn.. one story is the real life "million dollar baby," an amazingly skilled female fighter with a troubled family life leading to her arrest and legal battle..another, and least interesting, is a young hispanic fighter on the fringes, who is less skilled and less serious and it shows...the third story is a 162 pounder who has amazing skill and goes from golden gloves champ to destroying his first few professional opponents, then the story ends and i wonder what happened to him...his skills seemed championship material in the film...at the centerpiece is a crusty old trainer who has never had a champion, he drops numerous pearls of wisdom, but never seems happy...fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the roots and underbelly of boxing
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