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Poor Boy's Game (2007)




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Released from prison after serving ten years for pummeling his opponent to the point of inflicting severe brain damage, working class pugilist Donnie Rose (Rossif Sutherland) finds his efforts to start life anew complicated by simmering racism and long-suppressed vengeance. In the aftermath of Donnie's notorious bout with aspiring boxer Charlie Carvery (K.C. Collins), racial tensions in Halifax, Nova Scotia sharply divided the community between black and white. During his sentence Donnie not only honed his boxing skills to near perfection, but he also entered into a furtive affair with his black cellmate - a fact which he struggles to keep from his deeply prejudiced brother Keith (Greg Bryk. Though Charlie's vengeful father George (Danny Glover) has long looked forward to the day he will take revenge on the man who destroyed his son's life, the conflicted father discovers that he simply isn't a killer when finally given the opportunity to pull the trigger on Donnie. Subsequently offered $20,000 to step into the ring with fearsome local boxing champion Ossie Paris (Flex Alexander) for a high profile grudge match that will surely spell his doom, Donnie soon finds help coming from the most unlikely of places.
Art House & International , Drama
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Rossif Sutherland
as Donnie Rose
Danny Glover
as George Carvery
Greg Bryk
as Keith Rose
Flex Alexander
as Ossie Paris
Tonya Lee Williams
as Ruth Carvery
Stephen McHattie
as Uncle Joe
Chris Collins
as Charles Carvery
as Nathan
Dwain Murphy
as Flipper
Carol Sinclair
as Abigail
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All Critics (6) | Top Critics (2)

Poor Boy's Game is a movie built around a boxing match, but its most powerful scenes involve no jabs or hooks.

March 13, 2008
New York Times
Top Critic

[Director Clement] Virgo and co-writer Chaz Thorne look beyond the usual character arcs, adding fresh and urgent perspective to a socially aware and emotionally intense movie.

Full Review… | December 7, 2007
Toronto Star
Top Critic

A bold script improves this drama about masculinity and bigotry in a small community. It also helps to have a terrific actor like Danny Glover on board.

Full Review… | May 3, 2008
Shadows on the Wall

The film does not pull its punches, and though uneven, is compelling.

Full Review… | December 7, 2007
Jam! Movies

...certainly marks a step in the right direction for filmmaker Clement Virgo...

Full Review… | September 15, 2007
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A bold script improves this drama about masculinity and bigotry in a small community. It also helps to have a terrific actor like Danny Glover on board.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

An interracial gay love story locked in with a heavily PC "why can't everybody just get along" Message. Truly a dreadful movie which hardly made a ripple at the box office. Mark the name of filmmaker Clement Virgo as someone to avoid in future.

Hal Morris
Hal Morris

Good movie, about a poor community trying to come to grips with their differences. Taking it out on each other in the form of racial violence. A couple people decide to try and settle up with a boxing match. Crowd gets out of hand when the main victim tries to stop fight.

Catie Liz Mac
Catie Liz Mac

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