The Boxer
South Africa (ZA), 1980, 67 minutes
The Boxer Synopsis

Phumlani, a young and ambitious boxer trained by Ta Max, has a big fight coming up when fate deals him a bad turn and he is tragically left paralyzed in a wheelchair after a random freak accident The young man soon spirals into a state of depression, having lost all his will to live as a cripple. Soon after, a number of gangsters break into his home and rape his beautiful and loving wife, Judith.

Determined not to let the thugs get away with this, Phumlani discovers a new-found purpose, and returning to physiotherapy, the boxer learns to walk once more. Slowly but surely, he starts training, getting back into peak physical condition in order to fight the match he originally had lined up, and in so doing discovers it was his coach, Ta Max, that sent the gangsters to his home in the first place.

Fighting fit and strong once more, Phumlani sets out to even the score with his trainer.

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Reviewed by nikkareyes
I was genuinely engrossed just by watching the boxing matches and training bouts featured in this film.  Yet, aside from the sport of boxing this also tells a compelling story... more
I was genuinely engrossed just by watching the boxing matches and training bouts featured in this film.  Yet, aside from the sport of boxing this also tells a compelling story about a boxer who went through sacrifices, trials and great emotional pain.  Greatly impressed with  Sizwe Dlamini who plays the character of Phumlani.  He gave justice to the role by his great performance. I have seen him in the film "The Priest and the Thief", where he played the role of the mischievous and unrepentant robber and while he was good in it I was in awe with his portrayal of a boxer who seemed hopeless but proved to everyone that he can rise again and achieve his goals.  I see great promise in this actor and just proves to show that South Africa has great promise in terms of actors and film making. 
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Reviewed by jeteli
Interesting film by Director Hartslief! The film is about a man's ardent goal of becoming a pro boxer yet experiences trials along the way.  The anguish and pain it caused,... more
Interesting film by Director Hartslief! The film is about a man's ardent goal of becoming a pro boxer yet experiences trials along the way.  The anguish and pain it caused, more than the physical torment,  was enough to fuel the fire in him. This leads to recovery and ultimately revenge. Commendable performances especially by Sizwe Dlamini who portrays Phumlani the boxer. Cinematography and musical scoring fairly well although forgivable enough. Worth checking out!
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  • The character of Phumlani is admirable and  viewers get to see a glimpse of  the lives and scenarios  in South Africa. 

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  • The character of Phumlani is admirable and  viewers get to see a glimpse of  the lives and scenarios  in South Africa. 
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