Mr Calzaghe

Mr Calzaghe

Vaughan Sivell (2015)

89min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
The title of this film portrait refers, of course, to Welsh-Italian boxer Joe Calzaghe, the longest-reigning super middleweight world champion in history when he retired undefeated in 2009. But, though he is the headline act for Vaughan Sivell, making his directorial debut, it's his charismatic and sometimes "controlling" dad Enzo (also his trainer) who dominates this stylish and literally hard-hitting documentary. For the most part, Joe lets his fists do the talking via quality ring footage from his most famous matches. Meanwhile, much of the actual talking is done by a few of Joe's celebrity fans, including actors Michael J Fox and Matthew Rhys, plus James Dean Bradfield of Welsh rock group Manic Street Preachers. Slickly made though thoroughly non-critical, Mr Calzaghe should appeal to fans of the Italian Dragon even if it is a bit light on its feet.

Summary

Documentary about boxer Joe Calzaghe, focusing on his relationship with his father Enzo, who has served as his trainer throughout his career. The film examines father and son's roots in an impoverished Welsh industrial community and follows Joe's successful career in America, becoming one of the few boxers to retire an undefeated world champion.

Cast & Crew

Joe Calzaghe Joe Calzaghe
Enzo Calzaghe Enzo Calzaghe
Michael J Fox Michael J Fox
Mike Tyson Mike Tyson
Director Vaughan Sivell

Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Entertainment OneGuidance: SwearingAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 20 Nov 2015
Documentary