The Man Inside

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The Man Inside

Dan Turner (2012)

15 Certificate


Our Score
This is a cheery little tale of teen violence, domestic abuse - and boxing. Rapper/actor Ashley "Bashy" Thomas plays a promising young boxer whose biggest fight is with the fear that he will grow up to be just like his abusive father (Homeland's David Harewood). Dad is a vicious criminal psychopath who is in jail for murder, but the tentacles of his influence still reach out to enfold the family. Thomas makes a decent fist of his role, and there's solid support from the ever-dependable Peter Mullan as his trainer and Harewood, who hams it up shamelessly. Technically, The Man Inside is well made, too, but it's so mired in overwrought melodrama that, while it packs a few punches, it fails to deliver the knockout.


A criminal's son lives in constant fear that he will turn out like his abusive imprisoned father. A boxing gym offers him a sanctuary from his past and the chance to safely release his aggression, but he faces a constant struggle to keep his violent impulses in check. Drama, starring Ashley Bashy Thomas, David Harewood, Michelle Ryan and Peter Mullan.

Cast & Crew

Clayton Murdoch Ashley "Bashy" Thomas
Gordon Sinclair Peter Mullan
Eugene Murdoch David Harewood
Alexia Sinclair Michelle Ryan
Danny Lee Jason Maza
Karl Lee Theo Barklem-Biggs
Elizabeth Murdoch Jenny Jules
Bose Ray Panthaki
Director Dan Turner
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Kaleidoscope Film Distribution LtdGuidance: Violence, swearing, racist language.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 20 Jul 2012