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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.

Director:

Lee Daniels

Writer:

Will Rokos
1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cuba Gooding Jr. ... Mikey
Helen Mirren ... Rose
Vanessa Ferlito ... Vicki
Macy Gray ... Neisha
Joseph Gordon-Levitt ... Dr. Don
Mo'Nique ... Precious
Stephen Dorff ... Clayton Mayfield
Matt Higgins ... Eddie
Tom Pasch Tom Pasch ... Andrew
Ryan Eric Speise Ryan Eric Speise ... Anthony - Age 3
Cullen Clancy Cullen Clancy ... Anthony - age 7
Marilyn Yoblick ... Real Estate Agent
Darnell Williams Darnell Williams ... Mikey's Father
Marvina Vinique Marvina Vinique ... Mikey's Mother (as Marvina Vinque)
John Panzarella John Panzarella ... Man in Hotel (as Johnny Panzarella)
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Storyline

Mikey (Cuba Gooding, Jr.) and Rose (Dame Helen Mirren) 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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Feeling Protected Is Very Seductive


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

Mikey (Cuba Gooding, Jr.) has thirty-seven lines in the entire movie. See more »

Goofs

Just after Macy Gray's character talks to Dorff's character outside his mansion, she gets in the car and shuts the door. In the next shot, she shuts the car door again, despite it already being closed. See more »

Quotes

Rose: [to Vicki] Feeling protected is very seductive.
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Connections

References Come Back, Little Sheba (1952) See more »

Soundtracks

Don't Worry About It
Performed by N.E.R.D.
Written by Pharrell Williams & Chad Hugo
Published by EMI Blackwood Music Inc. (BMI)/Waters of Nazareth Publishing (BMI)/Raynchaser Music (BMI)/Careers BMG Music Publishing Inc. (BMI)
Courtesy of Star Trax
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Thought Provoking & Powerful
29 July 2006 | by llbagley1See all my reviews

I saw this film last night and find myself returning to it quite a bit. This is always refreshing since so many movies fly out of your mind the moment the credits roll. I've always loved Helen Mirren since her Prime Suspect series and found her terrific as always. Cuba Gooding was the surprise. I have a new found respect for him as this role was complex and he pulled it off. I really enjoyed their relationship as lovers with a complicated history. It was refreshing and authentic. Stephen Dorff is good at playing bad and he doesn't disappoint here. Macy Gray played a similar role in Training Day and is very good. I didn't really buy Mo'nique - her performance felt contrived. The doctor, her lover was just too pretty, young and sweet and felt miscast. This movie is sooo worth seeing. It's dark, rich & leaves an impression.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 July 2006 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Shadowboxer See more »

Filming Locations:

Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$103,238, 23 July 2006

Gross USA:

$370,627

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$519,802
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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