Synopsis: Coming of age in small-town Oklahoma. High schooler Cal Chetley is a brainy beanpole who lives with his widowed mother. Ten years earlier his father, a state wrestling champion, died in a car crash. Cal's older brother Mike, also a former wrestling champion but now down and out at 28, is estranged from the family. Over the course of a fall and winter, Cal joins the high school wrestling team while searching out Mike to ask for help. Mike rejects the offer, but Cal is persistent. Will Mike accept the challenge or is he destined to let Cal down? Giving advice and encouragement are an enigmatic old man named Red and a quirky friend named Luli. Then, there's Cal's mom who must be reckoned with.
Genre: Drama, Sport
Director(s): Mel Damski
Production: Samuel Goldwyn Films
  1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
107 min

Don't say "sucks".

l'll be home when you get there.

How was dinner last night?

lt sucked. Thank you for asking.

You're welcome. l'll see you later.

Uh-huh. Bye.

l'm not sure if she bought it.

Well, since you've never actually

approximated the inside of a gym,

l would wager she did.

All right, back to starting positions.

lnside pummel, inside pummel.

Everybody, ready on my whistle.

Let's go. Ten seconds.


-lnside pummel. Work it!

There you go.

Go, Barrow. Good, good, good.

Move it forward. Move it forward.

You guys ready? Ten seconds.

Keep it going. Keep it going.

Figure eight.

Figure eight. Ready, ready. Here we go.

Nice. Lock your hands on. Speed.

Lock your hands on. Speed.

Everybody, ready?

Work it, work it, work it. Forward rolls.

Last three guys, last three.

Work at it, work at it. Sit-ups,

touch-ears, and we're done. Okay?

Nicely done, fellows.

Get to the locker room.

Get your studies done tonight.

Be good, boys. See you in the morning.

l told you. Don't bunch up.

-Whoa! Yeah, dude.


This is exactly like

l was expecting it to be.

Hey! Get away from that girl!

l knew that was you.

-What'd you do that for?

-Everyone knows

that you grew melons over the summer.

You don't have to show them.

-l got reasons.


Anyways, they like it.

Well, what's there not to like?

No, don't... Don't do that to me.

l've known you too long for that.

ls the catfish pond pump working?

Not good enough.

We're gonna lose customers.

-How much you got?

-Not enough.

Hey, Luli, if l tell you something,

-promise you won't laugh?


l want to join the wrestling team.

-What do you think?

-Do you know how?

No, but my dad was a college champion

and my brother was an all-American.

So l figure it's in the genes.

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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