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Southpaw (2015)

R  |   |  Action, Drama, Sport  |  24 July 2015 (USA)
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Boxer Billy Hope turns to trainer Tick Willis to help him get his life back on track after losing his wife in a tragic accident and his daughter to child protection services.

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Tick Wills
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Jordan Mains
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Hoppy
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Ramone
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Boxer Billy Hope turns to trainer Tick Willis to help him get his life back on track after losing his wife in a tragic accident and his daughter to child protection services.

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Believe In Hope.


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Rated R for language throughout, and some violence | See all certifications »

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24 July 2015 (USA)  »

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$30,000,000 (estimated)

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$16,701,294 (USA) (24 July 2015)

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$20,939,719 (USA) (28 July 2015)
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Trivia

Eminem was originally scouted for the role, which he accepted and started filming. The film had to be put on hold as Eminem wanted to focus on his music career, so the role was then given to Jake Gyllenhaal. See more »

Goofs

Jimmy Lennon Jr. acts as the ring announcer for the HBO boxing broadcasts in the movie. However, in real life, Jimmy Lennon Jr. is the announcer for Showtime, and Michael Buffer is the announcer for HBO. See more »

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Billy Hope: A fighter knows only one way to work
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Cry For Love (Part 1)
Performed by James Horner
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Coming from a formulaic genre, Southpaw is a bit cliché but surely brings powerful performances and a promising storyline
24 July 2015 | by (Maine) – See all my reviews

Southpaw follows Billy "The Great" Hope, the reigning junior middleweight boxing champion, having an impressive career, a loving wife and daughter, and a lavish lifestyle. However, when tragedy strikes, Billy hits rock bottom, losing his family, house and manager. He soon finds an unlikely savior in Tick Willis, a former fighter who trains the city's toughest boxers. With his future on the line, Hope fights to reclaim the trust of those he loves the most.

Antoine Fuqua has most certainly brought his charm back into the ring by bringing a fascinating boxing drama to the big screen. Even though it may have a all to familiar plot when it comes to the formulaic boxing aspect, this film really smooths out well with such heavenly storytelling, we are given a accurate accusation of how something can affect someone in the hardest way possible.

Jake Gyllenhaal giving a ferocious performance as a down on his luck boxer was truly a grand experience. He really stuck to his character by bringing such a mad man to the ring but and a man who would strive to make his family a whole once again, one wondrous performance I must say. One person other than Jake that really stood out was Forest Whitaker, he easily gave one of the best performances of this year so far!

The boxing scenes were so enthralling, they involved such wall-to-wall burst of punches with spraying blood and Fuqua's gutsy camera skills that keep you motived the whole time. Jake snorting like a mad bull, he surely brought out the horns to each opponent with a raging force, these scenes were just so highly entertaining that they made your heart pumping with such adrenaline.

I was not bored at all with Southpaw, I was invested the whole time. Even with its clichés, the film surely beats them down with mighty performances by its lead and supporting cast and cosmic storytelling. The drama was foretold fluently with a good take at how a family can fall apart and reconnect in such a turn of events, I loved that, it flowed along so ideally with a strong tone. In the end, SP is surely a spellbinding film towards a strong man that doesn't get knocked down by what life has to swing at him!


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