Split Decisions

  • 1988
  • Movie
  • R
  • Sports

SPLIT DECISIONS is a tedious low-budget boxing film that contains yet another sensitive performance by Gene Hackman but that is crippled by its predictable script and phony, "Rocky"-style ending. In the mean streets of New York City, young Eddie McGuinn (Craig Sheffer) is a Golden Gloves champ who has just been accepted into a prestigious university where...read more

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SPLIT DECISIONS is a tedious low-budget boxing film that contains yet another sensitive performance by Gene Hackman but that is crippled by its predictable script and phony, "Rocky"-style ending. In the mean streets of New York City, young Eddie McGuinn (Craig Sheffer) is a Golden Gloves

champ who has just been accepted into a prestigious university where he hopes to train and qualify for the 1988 Olympics. His trainer-father, Dan (Hackman), couldn't be prouder, for Eddie's success helps soothe the disappointed anger he feels toward his older boy, Ray (Jeff Fahey). Ray, who is

also a boxer, rejected Dan's advice and went pro, signing with a sleazy manager. Now he fights several small-time bouts a month, with little to show for it but an increasingly scarred face. Dan has disinherited Ray, but Eddie still keeps tabs on his brother. When Ray returns to town to promote a

match with a dangerous Hispanic boxer nicknamed Snake (Eddie Velez), Eddie quickly becomes embroiled in his brother's dangerous world. With a plot straight out of an old Warner Bros. movie, SPLIT DECISIONS isn't terribly original. One wonders why it was made at all. Director David Drury (DEFENSE

OF THE REALM), a onetime amateur boxer in England, brings nothing new to the material except the gritty realism that most low-budget movies rely on (because they have to shoot on actual locations). With the exception of Hackman's performance, most of the acting is also unremarkable. An interesting

family relationship begins to build among Dan and sons, but soon the movie's melodramatic machinations take over and overwhelm the scant emotional nuance that has been established. The plot requires that logic be thrown to the wind, however, with the last half of the picture filled with so many

implausibilities and plot holes that any credibility is lost.

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  • Released: 1988
  • Rating: R
  • Review: SPLIT DECISIONS is a tedious low-budget boxing film that contains yet another sensitive performance by Gene Hackman but that is crippled by its predictable script and phony, "Rocky"-style ending. In the mean streets of New York City, young Eddie McGuinn (C… (more)

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