Knuckle (film)

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Directed byIan Palmer
Running time
96 minutes

Knuckle is a 2011 film about the secretive world of Irish Traveller bare-knuckle boxing. The film was made in stages over 12 years.[1]


This film follows 12 years in the lives of three Irish Traveller families (Joyces, Nevins, and Quinn-McDonaghs) and their bitter feuds and fights. The film explores the reasons why they hold these fights and explores in-depth these families' secret life, which is barely known to outsiders of the Traveller community. The real reason for the feud among the families is never revealed, as they will not talk about it to outsiders.


  • James Quinn
  • Michael Quinn McDonagh (later sentenced to life imprisonment for beating his wife to death)
  • Paddy Quinn McDonagh
  • Christy (Ditsy) Walford
  • Thomas (Spike) Nevin
  • Ian Palmer
  • Davey Nevin
  • Joe (Big Joe) Joyce


The movie received a mostly positive response from critics.[2][3][4][5] It has a 95 percent ranking on Rotten Tomatoes.[6]

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  1. ^ Corrigan, Joanna (25 August 2011). "The real-life Snatch: Gypsy bare-knuckle boxers go toe to toe in battle for family pride". Daily Mail. London. Retrieved 6 March 2012.
  2. ^ Dargis, Manohla (8 December 2011). "Brawling for Money, Clan and Just Because". The New York Times. Retrieved 6 March 2012.
  3. ^ Bradshaw, Peter (4 August 2011). "Knuckle". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 6 March 2012.
  4. ^ Sharkey, Betsy (9 December 2011). "Movie review: 'Knuckle'". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 6 March 2012.
  5. ^ "Review: Understated & Powerful Documentary 'Knuckle' Is A Knockout". Indie Wire. Retrieved 6 March 2012.
  6. ^ "Knuckle (2011)". Rotten Tomatoes.

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