The Good Son

88 MINS2013SportsTVPG
Jesse James Miller
Mickey RourkeSugar Ray LeonardRay "Boom Boom" ManciniEd O'NeillJiwan Kim
In the 1980s, Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini wasn't merely the lightweight champ; he was a national hero, the real Rocky. From the mobbed-up steel city of Youngstown, Ohio, Mancini was cast as the savior of a sport: a righteous kid in a corrupt game; fighting for those left behind in busted-out mill towns across America. But most of all, he fought for his father. Lenny Mancini (the original Boom Boom, as he was called), had been a lightweight contender himself. But the elder Mancini's dream ended on a World War II battlefield in 1944, when fragments from a German mortar shell nearly killed him. Almost four decades later, Ray promised to win the title his father could not. What came of that vow was a feel-good fable for network television. But it all came apart on November 13, 1982, in a brutal battle at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Mancini's Korean challenger, Duk Koo Kim, went down in the 14th round and never regained consciousness. Made thirty years after that nationally televised bout, THE GOOD SON is an intimate history, a saga of fathers and fighters, and a tale of loss and redemption.