The Nail: The Story of Joey Nardone
Status: Distribution (Showtime, Sky Cinema, MTI, Peacock Films [AU], WoWow [JP])
Genre: Sports Drama
Director: James Quattrochi
Cast: William Forsythe, Tony Danza, Dayanara Torres, Tony Luke Jr, Billy Gallo, Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini
AUDIENCE AWARD WINNER Philadelphia Film Festival 2009
After spending eight years in prison for an unfortunate accident, heavyweight boxer Joey Nardone returns to a solitary life in Philadelphia. His time in prison and the opportunity to reflect has changed him. Feeling like a stranger in his own neighborhood and searching for some semblance of normalcy, he takes a job at the boxing gym where he used to workout. Joey finds comfort in the familiarity of his old friends. Joey meets Jesus, a fourteen-year-old Puerto Rican kid, who is repeatedly beaten up by the neighborhood bully. Jesus, not used to kindness from strangers, has no time for Joey. Life is hard for Jesus, a scrawny boy, who is not only dealing with his peers picking on him at school, but he also has an alcoholic, abusive father to contend with at home. The chemistry between these two unlikely friends; Joey, an over-the-hill over weight ex-boxer and Jesus a target for bullies, is pure synergistic "magic." They begin a relationship that gives them both a new and inspired life with a purpose: to only "fight for the right." This heartwarming story of two lost souls finding each other on the streets and boxing arenas of Philadelphia will capture your heart. The Nail is a story of forgiveness, hope and second chances.