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Three volatile personalities collide at a no-holds-barred bare-knuckle cage brawl called the Donnybrook. Jarhead Earl (Jamie Bell) is determined to provide stability for his two kids and a meth-addicted wife, even if he has to punch his way to a better life. The Donnybrook’s $100,000 prize proves impossible to resist, and Earl embarks upon a dangerous odyssey to compete in the fight.
Drug-dealing Angus siblings — broken Delia (Margaret Qualley) and impossibly dangerous Chainsaw (Frank Grillo) — also have their eye on the tournament, for very different reasons. As all three collide on the road, they are tested beyond their limits in a ruthlessly honest vision of middle America where people have lost all hope.
- Michael Agee
- Adam Bartley
- Jamie Bell
- Chris Browning
- Kevin Crowley
- James Badge Dale
- David Myers Gregory
- Frank Grillo
- Rhyan Elizabeth Hanavan
- Pat Healy
Did You Know?
- The film premiered at TIFF (Toronto international Film Festival) in Canada in September 2018.
Atom User Reviews
The cynicism of Donnybrook is overpowering, but unfocused. It’s easy to see why some people would react strongly to its ugly tale of misery and violence, and yet without context and contrast, without making statements beyond “the world sure does suck,” Sutton’s film feels frustratingly hollow. It makes an impact but leaves no impression.
Filmmaker Tim Sutton elicits pitiless performances from Frank Grillo and Jamie Bell playing two very different criminals on a collision course, and the film exudes a grungy, B-movie ethos in keeping with its scrappy, resourceful characters.
Sutton is aiming to make a grand statement about America's downtrodden, and he never lets you forget it.