The Last Gladiators

The Last Gladiators

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The Last Gladiators (2011/2013)

Opened: 02/01/2013 Limited

Cinema Village...02/01/2013 - 02/07/20137 days

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Genre: Documentary

Rated: R for language.

Some Fights Never End


Academy Award® winning director Alex Gibney takes an unprecedented look in THE LAST GLADIATORS at the National Hockey League's most feared enforcers and explores the career of Chris "Knuckles" Nilan. The role was simple: protect their teammates no matter the cost. For Chris this meant a shattered body, addiction to drugs, and harming the people closest to him. But in the process, he won the love of hockey's holy city, Montreal, and helped the team win the Stanley Cup. Through interviews with hockey's toughest guys, the film explores what it means to enforce the unspoken code of the NHL.

About Chris Nilan

Chris was a tough, Boston street fighter, who seemed in danger of ending up on the wrong side of prison bars until he found hockey. He defied the odds and became a rare American to become an integral part of a Montreal Canadiens Stanley Cup winning team, bringing them grit and toughness. He had seasons where he notched over twenty goals; he ended his career as the leader in penalties per minute; and is still considered one of the league's most accomplished enforcers. But without hockey as his anchor, he lost his way, descended into drug addiction, and almost lost his life. Ultimately, his life is as brutal and compelling as any of his fights.

About Phase 4 Films

Phase 4 Films distributes feature films and special interest content across all traditional theatrical and new media platforms in North America. The company's previous releases include the provocatively sexy road movie HICK, starring Chloe Grace Moretz, Blake Lively, and Eddie Redmayne; 2011 Sundance award-winner ANOTHER HAPPY DAY, Sam Levinson's dark comedy about a dysfunctional family, starring Ellen Barkin, Demi Moore, and Ezra Miller; and the Canadian tour of Kevin Smith's RED STATE, starring Michael Parks, Melissa Leo and John Goodman. Upcoming releases for the company include Rebecca Thomas' 2012 SXSW favorite ELECTRICK CHILDREN starring Julia Garner, Rory Culkin, and Liam Aiken; Carrie Preston's Sundance 2012 hit comedy THAT'S WHAT SHE SAID starring Anne Heche, Marcia DeBonis, and Alia Shawkat; and Andrew Edison's high school comedy BINDLESTIFFS, which will be released in partnership with Kevin Smith under the SModcast Pictures Presents banner.