A mixed martial arts fighter arrives at a crossroads in his career – and life – in the acclaimed new true story The Cage Fighter.
When life hits him hard, Joe Carman punches back. Joe, who has turned 40, juggles long hours working in a boiler room, an ongoing custody battle, his wife’s chronic illness, and the demands of raising four girls. The one place he finds release is in the ring, where he competes in the bruising sport of mixed martial arts.
Despite the promise he made to his family to stop fighting, Joe continues to train secretly, determined to prove he can keep up with the new crop of younger, up-and-coming competitors. But as he contends with a series of increasingly worrying health scares, the question arises: How much is Joe willing to risk – his family, his marriage, maybe even his life – to keep fighting? A true-life tale of resilience that unfolds with all the drama of fiction, The Cage Fighter is a riveting look at the demons that drive a man to push himself to the limit.
Called a “classic underdog story” (Bernard Boo, PopMatters) and “a real-life Rocky” (Dennis Harvey, Variety), the IFC Films theatrical release was nominated for the “Truer than Fiction Award” at the 2018 Independent Spirit Awards. “The anguish is so raw and the sorrow so intense that the viewer feels like a voyeur,” wrote Soren Anderson of The Seattle Times.
The Cage Fighter DVD-$24.98