Victor Young Perez

Synopsis: Victor "Young" Perez , tells the astonishing, harrowing and incredible moving story of a Tunisian Jewish boxer, who became the World Flyweight Champion in 1931 and 1932. Perez started training as a boxer at age 14 along with his older brother Benjamin "Kid" Perez Perez rose to great fame via the help and guidance of Leon Bellier and had a brief relationship with French-Italian actress Mireille Balin. The 5'1", 110-pound Perez won the International Boxing Union's version of the World Flyweight crown with a 2nd-round knockout of American champion Frankie Genaro, ergo becoming the youngest world champion in boxing history ! Perez was arrested in Paris on September 21, 1943 and detained in the Drancy internment camp France, before being transported to Auschwitz where he was assigned to the Monowitz to serve as a slave laborer Victor Perez arrived at Auschwitz on October 10, 1943, as part of "Transport 60" a group of 1,000. He was held in AuschwitzIII/Monowitz. Whilst there he was forced to
Director(s): Jacques Ouaniche
Production: Mazel Productions
  1 nomination.
110 min

Pull tighter.

I got little hands.

Don't worry.

I'll win, I'm smarter.

Take a dive fast, Victor.

Gotta lose fast.

They want to show us

they're superior.

If you don't hit the mat fast,

you're dead.

And me, too.

The miracle is to live.

A minute, an hour.

Death is everywhere in this camp.

It's already inside us.

Get up, follow me!

Are you OK?

My legs.

They're heavy.

Ladies and gentlemen,

to my right,

the Jewish flyweight world champion,

still with a few kilos

and not long for this world.

To my left, Sergeant Kurtz,

a fine boxer

and worthy representative

of our pure race.

In this fight, the rules of the noble art

will be respected.

I'll make sure of that,

despite any crafty Jewish ruses.


touch gloves.

This should be amusing.

Aldo, we can't do it.

We gotta cancel.

Kid Perez hurt his hand

in the championship. He can't box.

- We're not cancelling.

- What?

Choose another guy.

- They're not boxers.

- You don't get it!

Look at them.

We'll get lynched otherwise.

Try his brother, I'm sure he's good.

- What about the little guy?

- Me?

I saw his punches. He can box!

Aldo, cut the crap.

He isn't ready.

He hasn't fought once!

Mokhtar's fought dozens of times!

He'll slaughter him!

Too bad for your gamblers.

Let's go.

Wait Mr. Barans.


Why not?

Benjamin, have you gone mad?

Victor wants to be a boxer.

Let him see what he's worth.

To see if he's got the punch.

Well said, Kid.

You know it, Mr. Pullicino.


Let him grab his chance.

You are always talking

about mektoub.

Maybe it's the kid's mektoub.

Who knows?


What do you say?

Mr. Bellires

is a big manager in Paris.

He is scouting for boxers.

Listen to me.

Mr. Bellires came to see me.

But destiny decided differently.

What's important is that a Perez

takes the trip. Don't you think?

See this match...

maybe it's a bit risky.

Only you can know.

I'm sure you can do it.

You decide.

But I warn you, if you don't,

I'll massacre you.

Go on, you're the best.

Kid, give me a name. Fast.

- Victor.

- Victor what?

Victor Young Perez.

We have a last minute change.

The new hope...

Pull tighter.

I've got little hands.

Don't worry.

Young Perez faces battling Mokhtar!


Show some respect for our flag.

You're French now? Not Maltese?

Not yet, but it won't be long.


I was looking for you everywhere.

You brought me

a helluva lot of luck today.

I'm the only one

who kept my bets on you.

Here, a present.

Thanks Mr. Bellires.


You're the best, kid.

Don't let anyone tell you different.

Not even me.

Go on, enjoy!


I won, Mom.

I know, my son.

Mamma always knows everything.

Promise me something.

Never let your face get hit.


I swear, Mom.

I love you so much.

Me too, my son.

Go back to sleep. I'm going out.

I love you.

Me too.

May God protect you.

What are we doing now?

A present for you, brother.

Trust me.

Take big Vera.

Come on Maxo,

like you know her, big talker.


Hey, kid... How are you?

Come here.

What you did the other day

was sheer beauty.

Not too orthodox,

but I like it.

You know,

I manage boxers in France.

I'd like to take you with me.

I'll pay for your trip,


You give me 20% of your earnings.

What do you say?

And Benjamin?

Benjamin, Benjamin...

He'll come too.

He'll be your coach,

and personal trainer.

He'll keep an eye on you

so you don't do anything stupid,

because in Paris, there's plenty

of opportunities for that,

for a rascal like you.


Listen, Victor...

You got dynamite in your fists,

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