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On the field, American football is a sport that is both brutally simple huge men crashing into each other and, tactically, enormously complicated. Off the field, as this tough drama directed by Oliver Stone shows, it is a ruthless business, getting as much mileage out of its young stars as possible before their bodies collapse. The film does a great job of making the audience feel the noise and pain of the action, as the fictional Miami Sharks have their season revived by an unknown player who becomes a surprise star.
Gripping film about basketball, families, crime and guilt from American director Spike Lee.
14+ years 131 mins
Art imitates life with Mickey Rourke starring in this moving, dignified drama about a washed up wrestler making one final comeback.
16+ years 107 mins
Harrowing drama about a waitress becoming a boxer to fight her way out of poverty and forging a close relationship with her gruff trainer.
11+ years 132 mins
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