Poor Boy's Game

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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...
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Overview

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.
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Special Features

Music video "Africville" Black Union feat. Maestro; Photo gallery featuring the song "Breathe" by Luke Nicholson; Poor Boy's Game trailer; Trailer gallery; 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround; 16x9 letterbox presentation 2.35:1; Optional Spanish subtitles; Optional English subtitles (for the hearing impaired)
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/26/2008
  • UPC: 821575557757
  • Original Release: 2007
  • Source: Velocity / Thinkfilm
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:45:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Rossif Sutherland Donnie Rose
Danny Glover George Carvery
Greg Bryk Keith Rose
Flex Alexander Ossie Paris
Laura Regan
K.C. Collins Charlie Carvery
Tonya Lee Williams
Carol Sinclair
Stephen McHattie
Hugh Thompson
Dwain Murphy
Wes "Maestro" Williams
Technical Credits
Clement Virgo Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Shelley Bailey Art Director
John Buchan Casting
Damon D'Oliveira Producer
Bill Fleming Production Designer
Jeanie Kimber Costumes/Costume Designer
Susan Maggi Editor
David McCallum Sound/Sound Designer
Luc Montpellier Cinematographer
Luke Nicholson Songwriter
Wendy O'Brien Casting
Jane Tattersall Sound/Sound Designer
Chaz Thorne Producer, Screenwriter
Byron Kent Wong Score Composer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Poor Boy's Game
1. Opening Sequence [6:33]
2. Free Man [6:27]
3. Waiting [8:22]
4. Objections [5:35]
5. Better Than You [7:00]
6. Spitting Image [7:01]
7. No Backing Down [6:44]
8. Remember That [6:30]
9. Leave It Alone [7:46]
10. Tension [5:38]
11. Revenge [8:35]
12. Outcome [4:34]
13. The Visit [5:46]
14. The Fight [8:39]
15. Last Round [4:25]
16. End Credits [4:27]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Poor Boy's Game
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   Set Up
      Audio
         5.1 Dolby Digital Surround
         Dolby Stereo 2.0
      Subtitles
         English for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
         Spanish
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   Special Features
      Music Video 'Africville' - Black Union Feat. Maestro
      Photo Gallery Feat. Music From Poor Boy's Game
      Poor Boy's Game Trailer
      Trailer Gallery
   Scene Index
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Both Sides of Forgiveness

    POOR BOY'S GAME is a little film with a big message: hate can only be altered with forgiveness, remorse and redemption. The highly respected Jamaican director Clément Virgo (episodes on 'The Wire', 'The L Word', 'Soul Food', and films 'Love Comes Down', 'Lie With Me', etc) here takes on the tough subject of racism and the accompanying backlash of consequences and with co-writer Chaz Thorne produces a small but pungent film that touches many aspects of the schism between whites and blacks in the seemingly tranquil town of Halifax, Nova Scotia. Isolating the story in such an unlikely place serves to heighten the core problems the film addresses. Donnie Rose (Rossif Sutherland) is released from prison, having served nine years for the brutal beating of Charles Carvery (K.C. Collins) which left the victim severely brain damaged. Upon release Donnie returns to his old neighborhood to live with his mother and find work as a security guard in a bar. Largely due to the bad influence of Donnie's belligerent and bigoted brother Keith (Greg Bryk), Donnie has to struggle with his family situation, trying to avoid the pain and guilt of his past while coping with his own dark secrets. His victim's father George (Danny Glover) stalks Donnie with the intent of killing him for the damage he has inflicted on both only his son and wife (Tonya Lee Williams), but the racial tension he encounters magnifies the underlying tragedy of the past - a factor both Donnie and George must face. Violence between the blacks and whites erupts and the resolution is to be decided in a boxing match between the superior boxer Ossie Paris (Flex Alexander) and Donnie. After a touching encounter following a tragedy, George and Donnie bond and George trains Donnie for the fight, the first sign of erasing racial tension. How the crucial fight preparations proceed and how the fight results from the resolution of the critical conflict that has eroded the town and these people forms the surprising closure of this story. The cast is strong with the quiet lead from Danny Glover and the smoldering, conflicted Donnie by Rossif Sutherland, the fine young Canadian actor whose father is Donald Sutherland and whose half brother is Kiefer Sutherland. The film very quietly explores other conflicts, such as Donnie's sexual and emotional life with his black cell mate in prison, adding to the exploration of human behaviors that influence interpersonal schisms and barriers. This may be a low budget movie but it is a solid work well worth viewing. Grady Harp

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