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4.0 out of 5 stars Only a Few Succeed Jan. 17 2014
By Ian Gordon Malcomson HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Never being a fan of extreme fighting, I have always wondered why people buy into this sport either as a combatant or participant. It truly strikes me as a blood sport that attempts to combine boxing, martial arts and wrestling inside a cage. This film takes the viewer inside the strange world of ultimate fighting at the local level in an attempt to educate them as to its various pros and cons. The setting is one of America’s poorest, downtrodden postal codes - the swampy Louisiana bayou - and its denizens an assortment of trailer park types trying to eke out a living by whatever means possible. Out of this milieu comes a special breed of fighter who has bought into the ultimate fighter culture: beat, kick and knock your opponent into submission. The filmmaker here looks at several young men who are preparing to fight or brawl locally just for a chance to, eventually, make it to the big time and realize the so-called big pay-off. Each of their lives is examined as to what has motivated them to enter this very demanding pugilistic circuit. What seems to be the common thread here is a troubled youth, the lack of a father figure, grinding poverty, prevalence of crime, and the desperate need to realize the dream and start life anew. Some like Diamond Poirier will make it while others won't. This candid look at the low-end of a controversial sport offers a very entertaining, albeit cautionary, tale that attempts to balance the good with the bad.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Insightful And Entertaining: A Level-Headed Examination Of MMA That Includes A Young Dustin Poirier June 29 2012
By K. Harris - Published on Amazon.com
The informative and entertaining documentary feature "Fightville" pulls no punches. It is a straightforward and candid look at the world of Mixed Martial Arts that can be appreciated by those that love the sport AND by someone looking for an introduction to the topic. It is surprisingly accessible, immensely likable, and presents a very personal portrait of individuals who live for the fight. Set largely in rural Louisiana, "Fightville" showcases the sport from four different viewpoints: a successful promoter, a trainer, an emerging champion and a promising newcomer. Each has a different take on (and stake in) MMA fighting, but together help to define this relatively new sporting phenomenon. What began as illicit cage matches has turned into an extremely lucrative profession that now eclipses boxing in overall popularity.

The heart and soul of "Fightville" belongs to Dustin "The Diamond" Poirier. The filmmakers had access to Poirier before he rose to widespread prominence, so if you are a fan--this is certainly a film you'll want to check out. With single-minded drive and determination, Poirier is shown pursuing his passion and making a name for himself. In contrast to a brash and youthful Albert Stainbeck, Poirier displays uncommon conviction and poise. In many ways, "Fightville" stands as a testament to fulfilling your dreams but also makes the case that it can only be done with seriously hard work. MMA is a discipline and it's not for everyone (although everyone seems to think they can do it).

The documentary does a good job getting at the heart of the subjects profiled. A lot of footage is shot in training, but there is a good deal of actual match time as well (even though many of the fights don't last long). There isn't much superfluous material. At 85 minutes, this film feels concentrated and is fully successful at getting its principle themes fleshed out. It is a level-headed examination of MMA and an easy recommendation. Even without the Poirier viewpoint, it would be a worthy watch. But with Poirier, it is a must-see for anyone that follows MMA. KGHarris, 6/12.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Insightful And Entertaining: A Level-Headed Examination Of MMA That Includes A Young Dustin Poirier June 29 2012
By K. Harris - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Blu-ray
The informative and entertaining documentary feature "Fightville" pulls no punches. It is a straightforward and candid look at the world of Mixed Martial Arts that can be appreciated by those that love the sport AND by someone looking for an introduction to the topic. It is surprisingly accessible, immensely likable, and presents a very personal portrait of individuals who live for the fight. Set largely in rural Louisiana, "Fightville" showcases the sport from four different viewpoints: a successful promoter, a trainer, an emerging champion and a promising newcomer. Each has a different take on (and stake in) MMA fighting, but together help to define this relatively new sporting phenomenon. What began as illicit cage matches has turned into an extremely lucrative profession that now eclipses boxing in overall popularity.

The heart and soul of "Fightville" belongs to Dustin "The Diamond" Poirier. The filmmakers had access to Poirier before he rose to widespread prominence, so if you are a fan--this is certainly a film you'll want to check out. With single-minded drive and determination, Poirier is shown pursuing his passion and making a name for himself. In contrast to a brash and youthful Albert Stainbeck, Poirier displays uncommon conviction and poise. In many ways, "Fightville" stands as a testament to fulfilling your dreams but also makes the case that it can only be done with seriously hard work. MMA is a discipline and it's not for everyone (although everyone seems to think they can do it).

The documentary does a good job getting at the heart of the subjects profiled. A lot of footage is shot in training, but there is a good deal of actual match time as well (even though many of the fights don't last long). There isn't much superfluous material. At 85 minutes, this film feels concentrated and is fully successful at getting its principle themes fleshed out. It is a level-headed examination of MMA and an easy recommendation. Even without the Poirier viewpoint, it would be a worthy watch. But with Poirier, it is a must-see for anyone that follows MMA. KGHarris, 6/12.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Instant classic for MMA fans May 14 2012
By Ty - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
I put this documentary behind The Smashing Machine and in front of Rites of Passage on my personal top three MMA documentaries ever made list. If all goes well on 5/15 Dustin should be fighting for the UFC FW championship this fall or winter, I am holding my breath for a part 2 (Hint Hint Filmmakers)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Human MMA May 10 2012
By Myra P. Gavin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Blu-ray
I was able to catch this movie at a film festival last year and I was thoroughly impressed. This is a great, even-handed, documentary revealing MMA fighters to be human people, and MMA to be a very human sport, complete with flaws and little perfections. Must see for MMA fans, sports fans, and documentary fans.
3.0 out of 5 stars It's ok March 11 2014
By Russell S - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I will say that because I would think that if you are into the MMA type of fighting fan you will find this semi-documentary fascinating. I am not but I still found it riveting in some ways. this life is certainly not easy and we get to hear from a variety of fighters, family and promoters who are in this. Sad, uplifting and poignant at times. These men will get to you a bit.
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