Inspired by a true story, Bare Knuckles stars Jeanette Roxborough as a desperate single mother who enters an underground Mixed Martial Arts competition in order to provide for her young daughter. Samantha Rogers (Roxborough) is a cocktail waitress who only holds onto her job out of sheer desperation. One night, while breaking up a bar brawl between a pair of belligerent women, Samantha makes a big impression on struggling fight promoter Sonny Cool (Martin Kove), who convinces her to test her fighting skills in the ring. Before long, the frustrated cocktail waitress is earning big money in the world of illegal, bare-knuckle female fighting. Although her better judgment tells her that she should make a clean break from this sordid underworld as quickly as possible, her motherly instincts convince her that the only way to ensure a bright future for her daughter is to fight with everything she's got until she can't throw another punch.
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Added: 1 June 2010
80s movie plot that fails to entertain
This is my first review, so bare with me if this is not very good.
I have seen every B rated martial arts movie from Cynthia Rothrock,Jalal Merhi, Loren Avedon of the 80s all the way to the most recentHector Echavarria movie. This movie plot has been done over and over,and because it was inspired by true events I thought it might be good.Boy was I wrong. The fight scenes were really bad. You could actuallysee the punches missing. The acting was really sad as well. JeanetteRoxborough is a stunt double trying to turn actress, so I'll cut her alittle slack. Martin Kove is terrible at playing a good guy, and thismovie just reinforces that statement. On top of all this, the fights inthe tournaments felt rushed and most lasted like 30 seconds (some evenfaster then that). I'm not talking about highlights of the fight, I'mtalking about from start to finish of the match. They should have usedless people in the tournament and made the fights a little longer andmore competitive.
Overall a big disappointment on a movie I really wanted to like. 3/10