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Klitschko
     

Klitschko

Director: Sebastian Dehnhardt, Vitali Klitschko, Wladimir Klitschko, Larry Merchant

Cast: Sebastian Dehnhardt, Vitali Klitschko, Wladimir Klitschko, Larry Merchant

 

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Documentary filmmaker Sebastian Dehnhardt offers an intimate look into the lives of Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko, two sibling boxers from the Ukraine who moved to Germany in 1996 and quickly rose to the status of role models for millions of adoring fans. As Wladimir ascended to the top of the Heavyweight

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Documentary filmmaker Sebastian Dehnhardt offers an intimate look into the lives of Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko, two sibling boxers from the Ukraine who moved to Germany in 1996 and quickly rose to the status of role models for millions of adoring fans. As Wladimir ascended to the top of the Heavyweight Boxing world, Vitali entered the world of politics and seemed poised for a presidential run. And it would hardly be a surprise if he succeeded; not only are both brothers multi-lingual, but they have also earned their PhDs. In this film, friends and family of the Klitschko brothers reveal how a childhood spend growing up on Soviet military bases helped to shape their lives, how the Chernobyl disaster directly impacted their family, and how they both beat the odds to become two of the most powerful, respected pugilists on the planet. Incredibly, through it all, both brothers have maintained their vow never to face off against one another in the ring.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
The subject matter of director Sebastian Dehnhardt's documentary Klitschko -- brothers Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko, who have each captured the heavyweight-boxing crown at various times in their careers, yet refuse to face each other in the ring -- is more than interesting enough to make up for the fact that it breaks no new stylistic ground whatsoever. Dehnhardt does a perfect job of capturing their spartan childhood growing up on a Soviet military base in the Ukraine, and being forced to deal with fallout from the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. Vitali is a fantastic interview subject, able to share novelistic details about their early life while insisting that he would like to be known as more than just a boxer. The director continually spotlights Vitali's quest to become something more than a pugilist, and this throughline finds its conclusion in the most-startling passage of the film: footage of Vitali as a member of the Ukrainian senate getting into physical altercations with people trying to silence his attempts to expose corruption. For his part, Wladimir is an excellent foil for his older brother. A man who obviously enjoys the perks of his success, he stays single while his older brother dotes faithfully on his wife and three children. For two men who make their living in the most-brutal fashion possible, they prove to be rather philosophical about what they do. Both define themselves by their relationships with others -- family members, trainers, one another -- rather than by the adulation and success they've found in the ring. And their close friendship has made them controversial among most boxing enthusiasts, since they refuse to fight each other even though they both hold world titles. A fight between the two brothers would bring about a payday larger than either of them has ever known, but the great thing about this documentary is that you understand how much they care for each other and why their brotherly love will keep that dream matchup from ever becoming a reality. Because of this, Klitschko is a rare boxing tale that draws its power from the reasons why boxers won't fight, rather than why they do.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/13/2012
UPC:
5050582896794
Original Release:
2011
Source:
Ais
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]

Special Features

Making of Klitschko Deleted scenes Wladimir Vs. David Haye

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Vitali Klitschko Participant
Wladimir Klitschko Participant
Larry Merchant Participant
Emanuel Steward Participant
Nadeshda Uljanowna Klitschko Participant
Lennox Lewis Participant
Bernd Bönte Participant
Lamon Brewster Participant
Chris Byrd Participant
Fritz Sdunek Participant
Natalia Klitschko Participant
Wladimir Rodionowitsch Klitschko Participant

Technical Credits
Sebastian Dehnhardt Director,Screenwriter
Susanne Hahn Production Manager
Nina Hetzer Production Manager
Leopold Hoesch Producer
Johannes Imdahl Cinematographer
Florian Kaltenegger Sound/Sound Designer
Lars Roland Editor
Jörg Rudolph Production Manager
Peter Wolf Asst. Director
Stefan Ziethen Score Composer

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