Knuckle (film)

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Directed by Ian Palmer
Running time
96 minutes
Country Ireland
Language English

Knuckle is a 2012 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 Quinns) 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.


  • Joe (Big Joe) Joyce
  • Christy (Ditsy) Nevin
  • Davey Nevin
  • Thomas (Spike) Nevin
  • Ian Palmer
  • James Quinn McDonagh
  • Michael Quinn McDonagh
  • Paddy Quinn McDonagh


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


  1. ^ Corrigan, Joanna (2011-08-25). "The real-life Snatch: Gypsy bare-knuckle boxers go toe to toe in battle for family pride". Daily Mail (London). Retrieved 2012-03-06. 
  2. ^ Dargis, Manohla (2011-12-08). "Brawling for Money, Clan and Just Because". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-03-06. 
  3. ^ Bradshaw, Peter (2011-08-04). "Knuckle". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 2012-03-06. 
  4. ^ Sharkey, Betsy (2011-12-09). "Movie review: 'Knuckle'". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2012-03-06. 
  5. ^ "Review: Understated & Powerful Documentary 'Knuckle' Is A Knockout". Indie Wire. Retrieved 2012-03-06. 
  6. ^ "Knuckle (2011)". Rotten Tomatoes. 

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