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  • Summary: A documentary about 19-year-old Irish boxer Francis Barrett who as a member of the "Travellers" a small, rootless, and often poor subclass of caravaners derisively known as "Irish Gypsies," is determined to gain respect for himself and his family by training and representing Ireland in the 1996 Olympic Summer Games in Atlanta. Collapse
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  1. Refreshingly gritty and hard-nosed.
  2. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    75
    There's an engagingly homegrown quality to much of the footage.
  3. The picture is more sociologically instructive than emotionally involving, serving as a document of contemporary Irish life rather than an ordinary inspirational story.
  4. Warm and appealing, but there clearly was a far more informative and comprehensive film to be made of the life and world of Francis Barrett.
  5. 63
    So look for (Francis) at the 2000 games in Sydney, which may provide a more heated ending to this lukewarm story.
  6. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    60
    If ever an English-language film needed English subtitles it's this.
  7. Be forewarned: The rural Irish accents may be incomprehensible to viewers who aren't accustomed to them.

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