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Beat Down (2012)

Beat Down is an irreverent comedy about wrestling, family and following your dreams no matter how painful that can sometimes be. Fran Whiteway (Marthe Bernard, Republic of Doyle) is eighteen... See full synopsis »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marthe Bernard Marthe Bernard ... Fran
Robb Wells ... Whitey
Dan Beirne ... Henry
Tony Nappo ... Jimmy Langdon
Janet Kidder ... Roxy LaRue
Mark O'Brien ... Michael
Andy Jones Andy Jones ... Father Tyrone
John Dunsworth ... Cop
Laura Dennis Laura Dennis ... Cherry Bomb
Courtney Rush Courtney Rush ... French Kiss
Jane Miroshnykova Jane Miroshnykova ... Sapphire
Dan Bjorkdah Dan Bjorkdah ... Mr. Fantastic
Andy Roil Andy Roil ... Wrestler
Chris Murphy Chris Murphy ... Referee
Amy House Amy House ... Mom on Steps
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Storyline

Beat Down is an irreverent comedy about wrestling, family and following your dreams no matter how painful that can sometimes be.

Fran Whiteway (Marthe Bernard, Republic of Doyle) is eighteen and a real firecracker. More than anything, Fran dreams of becoming a professional wrestler. Her single-father Whitey (Robb Wells, Trailer Park Boys) is a former-pro, aka White Lightning, with broken dreams of his own and is dead set against Fran wrestling. Fran is determined though and when Whitey's old rival Dark Thunder (Tony Nappo, Saw II) comes to town, she runs away to join his tour. Whitey is devastated and while he tries to get his daughter back, Fran learns the ropes of the wrestling game and of life itself.

The film is directed by Deanne Foley (The Magnificent Molly McBride), co-written by Deanne Foley & Iain MacLeod (Trailer Park Boys) with Paul Pope (Grown Up Movie Star, Rare Birds) as producer.

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 August 2012 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Na ringu życia See more »

Filming Locations:

St John's, Newfoundland, Canada See more »

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Budget:

CAD 1,200,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Pope Productions See more »
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The female wrestlers who Fran faces in the ring - Cherry Bomb, French Kiss and Sapphire - were played by real-life professional wrestlers. See more »

Soundtracks

Pilot Light
Words by Jody Richardson
Music by Jody Richardson and Grant King
Lead Vocal - Amy "The Voice" Joy
Support Vocal - Meg Warren
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Beat Down indeed!
2 December 2013 | by ilania_aSee all my reviews

After seeing 1 or two minutes of it during commercials, I finally decided to watch the whole film. This Canadian movie is at least rolling on, no dull moments. Good acting by the young Marthe Bernard and Rob Wells as her father, and Janet Kidder in particular. In general the film includes some unsavoury and physically ugly characters, spending their lives in dark clubs, drab motel rooms, street alleys without any trees, and loud arenas. I feel sorry for the actors who had to use so much foul language. Not knowing anything about this kind of wrestling....it seems as if the fighting manner has no rules whatsoever. It is hard to understand why people wish to trample upon others and cause tremendous pain. It is also quite surprising that the public fills the arena and shouts their hearts out. I suppose it is based on the true life of some people in this country. Is this way of life really Canadian? Or was it done as a film that can be sold outside Canada? I wish I could have given it only 6 1/2 points. I am leaving it at 7 simply for the good acting.


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