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  • Summary: Klitschko tells the story of the boxing world's most famous brothers: Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko. From the socialist drill of their childhood in the Ukraine, and their first successes as amateurs, to their move to Germany and subsequent rise as international stars on the verge of holding the championship titles of all five boxing federations. Along the way they experience defeats and setbacks, low points and triumphant comebacks as well as conflicts with each other. Exciting conversations with companions and opponents, including the very first with the Klitschkos' parents, give insight into their personal lives, plus never-before-seen footage of the draining preparations for a fight, and the boxing matches. Director Sebastian Dehnhardt composes an intimate portrait of two exceptional athletes who are, before all else, brothers. (Corinth Releasing) Collapse
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  1. Reviewed by: Kenneth Turan
    Oct 21, 2011
    Articulate, thoughtful and funny - hearing Vitali talk about getting used to 100 kinds of cheese in the West is a real pleasure - the Klitschkos are a treat to spend conversational time with. Just don't think of joining them in the ring.
  2. Reviewed by: Lauren Wissot
    Oct 17, 2011
    Smartly, Sebastian Dehnhardt's film eschews hype and goes far beyond mere talk, shows as well as tells, by including fascinatingly instructive slow- mo shots of both men's fights to highlight the differences between the brawny duo, often mistaken for identical twins.
  3. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Oct 20, 2011
    For those who care about the winning and losing of championship belts, the film's slow-motion attention to pugilistic style and powerhouse punches is thrillingly instructive.
  4. Reviewed by: Alison Willmore
    Oct 19, 2011
    The film acknowledges that the only great opponents left for the pair to face may be each other, but the question of whether they'd ever fight is rendered moot by the time it's actually addressed at the end.
  5. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    Oct 22, 2011
    The indomitable siblings' unusual background, huge size and highly developed intellects, as well as the dramatic ups, downs and rebounds of their interwoven sagas, should result in a fascinating dual biodoc. But the two-hour pic's lack of economy makes for heavy slogging, with no boxing minutiae too small for exhaustive exposition.
  6. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    Oct 18, 2011
    Fight fans will still find much of interest, including some surreptitious footage of Don King unsuccessfully wooing the young brothers by "playing" Mozart on a player piano.
  7. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Oct 18, 2011
    Even with incredible fight footage, however, all we have here is a standard if formless ESPN hagiography, complete with a cheesy cop-show score and little sense of who these guys are outside of the ring.
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  1. Dec 11, 2012
    Emotionally accessible, expertly crafted film about boxing, brothers, family, the Cold War, hard work and redemption. This is a very uplifting movie about real life. The fight footage is spectacular, and the supporting characters in who surround the Klitschko Brothers including the recently passed Emmanuel Stewart shine with humanity and spirit, while dedicating their lives to the real-life perils of professional boxing. The film is directed and delivered by a German crew, so it has a less than familiar sensibility for American audiences. The Blu-Ray is highly recommended. Expand