When you think of the Toronto International Film Festival, hockey fights don’t come to mind right away, but this year, that will change. Oscar winning director Alex Gibney (Taxi To The Dark Side, Enron: The Smartest Guys In The Room) will debut his new documentary, The Last Gladiators at TIFF. The 2011 TIFF runs from September 8 through September 18.
The Last Gladiators focuses on the story of former NHL tough guy Chris Nilan. In addition to Nilan, Tony Twist, Marty McSorely and Donald Brashear are among those also featured. The movie does not yet have a national distributor so the hope is that the film will gain some partners once it debuts at TIFF. The movie’s production company, Jigsaw Productions describes the film like this-
In ice hockey, no one is more feared than the enforcer. These blue-collar players have one reason to be on the ice: to protect their guys, no matter what the cost—to themselves or others. For Chris Nilan, once the most tenacious enforcer in the National Hockey League, that meant a shattered body, addiction to drugs, and harming the people closest to him. But in the process, the Boston tough guy won the adoration of hockey’s holy city, Montreal, and earned everlasting glory by helping win the Stanley Cup. Through interviews with a generation of hockey’s most hard-bitten tough guys, the film explores what it means to grow up from carefree games on icy ponds to enforcing the unspoken code of the NHL.
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2011 Films – Last Gladiators.