The story of Howard Winstone is a compelling one. Howard became Featherweight Champion of the World at the age of 29 in 1968. What makes Howard's story quite remarkable is that as a young ... See full summary »
The story of Howard Winstone is a compelling one. Howard became Featherweight Champion of the World at the age of 29 in 1968. What makes Howard's story quite remarkable is that as a young man he lost the tips of three fingers in an industrial accident of his home town of Merthyr Tydfil. The accident was so severe that he was unable to make a fist with his right hand, a devastating blow for anyone, but a blow made all the worse for one who's entire career demands the use of both hands. Howard was known for his right handed power back in his early day's so the day of the fateful accident was essentially the day Howard's boxing career came to an end. Well that's what everyone assumed accept Howard, who completely changed the way he boxed and went on remarkably to become Champion of Britain, Champion of Europe and Champion of the world! The story of Howard Winstone's boxing career alone is a remarkable one, but there was far more to Howard than just his boxing career, in Howard there was ... Written by
Joe Bone acted as stand in for the majority of boxing choreography, including the part of Saldivar, and helped coach the other actors through their paces. See more »
What are you going to do, Howard? You're going to have to get another job.
[Howard holds up his bandaged hand, having just lost three fingers in an industrial accident]
Don't ask for sympathy because there isn't any here. Two weeks of long faces is enough. Get on with it.
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This is a movie for wannabe film makers, boxers and residents of Merthyr Tydfil only.
Anyone who makes a feature for £200k over five years deserves some respect but that doesn't extend to watching the full two hours of this effort.
You could forgive much of the poor acting by amateurs and ex boxers but the production quality was dire - especially the sound. Dialogue was inaudible in places (suspect Jones directed actors to mutter in scenes leading up to written lines).
A serious re edit, chopping off half an hour, with a new sound track and something to even out the dodgy video grading might raise it to two stars.
There were a couple a laughs though. I particularly enjoyed the scene in the parents house when they're eating a fish and chip supper and drinking red wine - with orange juice for Howard. This is 1950s Merthyr! They'd never seen red wine and orange juice only came in tiny Britvic bottles to have with vodka in the pub.
BTW not wishing to flame another post but to Colin_Coyne, we must have been at the same Q&A showing 14 July so your review would have more credibility if you had basic facts correct. The film ran two hours but you sign off saying it's 90 mins long, which I guess you cut and pasted from elsewhere.
And to reviewer dipsy-lee54, don't worry despite some misinformation about the budget being $3m, it was made for £200k (according to Jones/Brennan at the Q&A)
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