2015, 91 min, USA, Dir: Zackary Canepari, Drea Cooper

The fierce fighter of this documentary’s title is Claressa Shields, aiming to become the first gold medalist in Olympic women’s boxing. The 17-year-old’s unstable family life in Flint, Michigan presents additional challenges, though longtime coach Jason Crutchfield offers the support that could lead Claressa to victory.

1987, Universal, 96 min, USA, Dir: William Phelps

Art student Rick (Matt Adler) finds out there's a lot more to surfing than he thought when he casually decides to learn the sport the summer before college. Falling under the tutelage of surfing guru Chandler (Gregory Harrison), Rick learns the difference between surfing for the soul and surfing for money and glory; he also falls in love along the way. Shaun Tompson, Derek Ho, and other real life surfing legends costar in this film based on a story by GREASE director Randal Kleiser. With Nia Peeples.

1972, Sony Repertory, 100 min, USA, Dir: John Huston

John Huston, his versatility truly liberated by an evolving New Hollywood cinema, directed this gritty, slice-of-life adaptation of Leonard Gardner’s novel about two boxers, one naïve neophyte (Jeff Bridges), and one on his way down (a brilliant Stacy Keach) with his perpetually drunken mate (the great Susan Tyrell). The faithful evocation of street life in northern California Stockton, its working class heroes and skid row flophouses, where dreams and hopes get crushed out like cigarette butts, is priceless.

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