The movie Heart, Baby! is the true story of George (Gbenga Akinnagbe) and Doc (Jackson Rathbone), best friends from reform school to life in prison where George becomes an unbeatable prison boxer, with songwriter Doc as his cornerman. When George is offered freedom to fight in the 1984 Olympics he shocks everyone by turning it down, sending Doc on a journey to discover the true meaning of friendship, faith, and heart.
This story is one of a kind. At the center is a story of friendship, loyalty, and brotherhood between close friends George Lee Martin who is serving a 40-year sentence for “the bitch” (3 strikes: armed robbery) and ‘Doc’ Dixon a rough Southern boy singer with a life sentence for chopping cars and kidnapping.
The gay prisoners are referred to as “sissies” and a group of them are cheerleaders for Fight Nights, chanting their cheer Heart, Baby! Crystal is a born-again Christian transgender female inmate who is the queen of the sissies. She is the ring card girl during boxing matches and also George’s cellmate. Having a sissy cellmate is not frowned upon because guys get them to clean and do laundry and call them a “house mouse.” Crystal is the black sheep of a very wealthy and prominent Tennessee family, who had her locked up under a fake name and trumped up drug charges in order to protect their family name and hide her away. Despite being ashamed of and imprisoned, Crystal is well taken care of financially by her family and uses that money for top of the line makeup and fashions that she shares with all of her other “sissies.”