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Hill, The (2023)

Title: The Hill
Rating: PG
Directed by: Jeff Celentano
Written by: Angelo Pizzo, Scott Marshall Smith, Aric Hornig, and Stephen Hintz
Starring: Dennis Quaid, Colin Ford, Joelle Carter, Randy Houser, Bonnie Bedelia, and Scott Glenn
Release Date: 8/25/2023
Running Time: 126 minutes

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Growing up impoverished in small-town Texas, young Rickey Hill shows an extraordinary ability for hitting a baseball, despite being burdened by leg braces from a degenerative spinal disease. His stern, pastor father (Dennis Quaid) discourages Rickey from playing baseball to protect him from injury, and to have him follow in his footsteps and become a preacher. As a young man, Rickey (Colin Ford) becomes a baseball phenomenon. His desire to participate in a try-out for a legendary major league scout divides the family and threatens Rickey’s dream of playing professional baseball.


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Dedication: Dedicated to Pastor James Hill

Memoriam: In loving memory of Scott Marshall Smith

Special thanks to Tony for this submission


Bleed for This (2016)*

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Title: Bleed for This
Rating: R
Directed by: Ben Younger
Written by: Ben Younger, Angelo Pizzo and Pippa Bianco
Starring: Miles Teller, Aaron Eckhart and Katey Sagal
Release Date: 11/18/2016
Running Time: 116 minutes

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After cocky Rhode Island boxer Vinny Pazienza (Miles Teller) takes a brutal beating from Junior Welterweight Champion Roger Mayweather in 1988, fight promoter Lou Duva (Ted Levine) urges him to retire. Instead, Pazienza moves up two weight classes under the guidance of his shrewd new trainer Kevin Rooney (Aaron Eckhart). Rooney’s radical strategy pays off when Pazienza, 14 pounds heavier, takes down French boxer Gilbert Delé in front of a hometown crowd to become Super Middleweight champion of the world.

Pazienza doesn’t have much time to relish the victory, however. Shortly after the bout, a head-on car crash leaves him with a broken neck. Initially told he may never walk again, doctors recommend spinal fusion surgery that would guarantee mobility but effectively end his boxing career. Pazienza chooses the far riskier “halo” spine-stabilization treatment, requiring him to wear a circular metal brace screwed directly into his skull for six months.

Recovering in the modest home he shares with his fiercely devoted father Angelo (Ciarán Hinds) and anxious mother Louise (Katey Sagal), Pazienza secretly starts weight training in the basement with the help of a reluctant Rooney, and begins to rebound emotionally as well as physically. Thirteen months after the accident, the man fondly known as “The Pazmanian Devil” returns to the ring to do battle with Super Middleweight Champion Roberto Duran (Edwin Rodriguez) in the biggest fight of his life.


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My All American (2015)*

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Title: My All American
Rating: PG
Directed by: Angelo Pizzo
Written by: Angelo Pizzo
Based on the book by: Jim Dent
Starring: Aaron Eckhart, Finn Wittrock and Robin Tunney
Release Date: 11/13/2015
Running Time: 118 minutes

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Freddie Steinmark, an underdog on the gridiron, faces the toughest challenge of his life after leading his team to a championship season.


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