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Shadowboxer (2005)

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When an assassin is diagnosed with terminal cancer, she decides to carry out one final killing, assisted by her lover and stepson, Mikey.



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Anthony - Age 3
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Anthony - age 7 (as Cullen Clancy)
Real Estate Agent
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Mikey's Father
Marvina Vinique ...
Mikey's Mother (as Marvina Vinque)
John Panzarella ...
Man in Hotel (as Johnny Panzarella)


Mikey and Rose are professional assassins. They are also lovers, and once upon a time Rose also knew Mikey's father. During an elaborate hit job for a malicious gangster, Rose fails to kill the main target, the gangster's pregnant girlfriend. Instead, she delivers her baby and convinces Mikey to help her protect them both. As Rose weakens from cancer, Mikey becomes breadwinner for this unusual family. But tranquility will not last. Written by Peter Brandt Nielsen

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Rated R for strong graphic violence and sexuality, nudity, language and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

14 July 2006 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

The Contract  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$103,238 (USA) (21 July 2006)


$370,627 (USA) (18 August 2006)

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2.35 : 1
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For the scene where Stephen Dorff's character has sex with the stripper and at the end the actor does full frontal nudity, Lee Daniels shot the moment with several stages of erection, knowing the MPAA would veto the fully erect shot, and like that getting away with the one he really wanted, the semi-erect shot. See more »


When Dr. Don examines the bodyguard, the bullet hole is straight down through his foot. However, that would be impossible from the distance Clayton shot him. See more »


[after shooting two people]
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Found it very enjoyable and a good perf. from Cuba
26 September 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I just saw this film in the directors cut version on Friday night. I have to say I really enjoyed it. Lee Daniels was at the screening and it was a screening for the investors so nobody was going to pull punches because they had money involved. It took a little while to get into the plot but I was totally sucked in after a while. It will supposedly be released in December and hopefully won't be cut down too much. There were some sex scenes that will probably go because some people in this country can't handle it, but nothing that I felt was gratuitous or just sex for the sake of showing some nudity. Some may also find the violence objectionable but nothing close to SinCity or any war movie ever made. I hope the film does well and the public enjoys it. Who cares what the industry has to say. They promote absolute garbage with a full wallet all the time. Check this one out and form an opinion for yourself.

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