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Hands of Stone (2016)

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The legendary Roberto Duran and his equally legendary trainer Ray Arcel change each other's lives.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Edgar Ramírez ... Roberto Durán
Robert De Niro ... Ray Arcel
Usher Raymond ... Sugar Ray Leonard (as Usher Raymond IV)
Rubén Blades ... Carlos Eleta
Ana de Armas ... Felicidad Iglesias
Pedro Perez Pedro Perez ... Plomo (as Pedro 'Budú' Pérez)
Óscar Jaenada ... Chaflan
John Turturro ... Frankie Carbo
Ellen Barkin ... Stephanie Arcel
Jurnee Smollett-Bell ... Juanita Leonard
Yancey Arias ... Benny Huertas
Drena De Niro ... Adele
Ilza Ponko ... Clara Samaniego (as Ilza Rosario)
Anthony Molinari ... Marine Molinari
Rick Avery ... Gil Clancey
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Storyline

Follows the life of Roberto Duran, who made his professional debut in 1968 as a 16-year-old and retired in 2002 at age 50. In June 1980, he defeated Sugar Ray Leonard to capture the WBC welterweight title but shocked the boxing world by returning to his corner in the November rematch, saying 'no mas' (no more). Written by Anonymous

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No mas. No surrender. See more »


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Rated R for language throughout and some sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

Panama | USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

26 August 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Manos de piedra See more »

Filming Locations:

New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,751,388, 28 August 2016, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$4,711,736, 9 October 2016
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Dolby Atmos

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Frankie Carbo (John Turturro) is the real-life mob boss and boxing czar, on whom the character "Tommy Como" was based, in Raging Bull (1980). See more »

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Featured in Mike & Mike: Episode dated 23 August 2016 (2016) See more »

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Doin' Everything
by The Marvels
Written by Eddie Thomas, Cliff Thomas
Published by SWING BEAT SONGS (BMI)
Courtesy of OCEAN PARK MUSIC GROUP
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By-the-numbers script holds back the movie
13 September 2016 | by paul-allaerSee all my reviews

"Hands of Stone" (2016 release; 195 min.) is a bio-pic about Panama boxing legend Roberto Duran. as the movie opens, it is"Madison Square Garden, 1971" and we dive straight into a Duran fight, while Ray Arcel (played by Robert de Niro) is checking it out. As Duran makes quick work of his opponent, Arcel's voice over comments "In 66 seconds, Duran changed my life". Arcel is convinced by Duran's manager to train him, to make him the next world champion. We then go to "US Canal Zone, January 9, 1964", as we see little Roberto participate in the social protests surrounding the Panama Canal. At this point we are 10 min. into the movie, but to tell you more of the plot would spoil your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

Couple of comments: this move is written and directed by little known Venezuelan director Jonathan Jakubowicz. The cast is strong, no doubt about it. De Niro gets to play in yet another boxing film, and he knows the ropes (sorry, no punt intended) like no other. A big surprise was to see Ellen Barkin, playing his wife (and now in her early 60s if you can believe it). Another big surprise was to see the role of Sugar Ray Leonard played by none other than the singer Usher, who does quite well in fact. Edgar Ramirez plays Duran convincingly. Some of the boxing scenes are quite good, but there is nothing that you haven't seen before. The movie's big challenge is that the script seems strictly by-the-numbers. There isn't much that comes as a surprise, the movie brings the required romantic interest, etc. It all feels very straight-forward, and hence there was no emotional investment on my part to feel connected to any of this. I was simply watching it, nothing less, nothing more. Last but not least, there was a nice orchestral score, courtesy of composer Angelo Milli.

The movie opened two weekends ago on a handful of screens here in Cincinnati. The Tuesday evening screening where I saw this at was attended okay but not great, which probably is the norm for a weekday evening. "Hands of Stone" certainly isn't bad per se, but neither is it an unexpected pleasant surprise (such as "Creed" last Fall). If you are into boxing, or boxing moves, this is worth checking out, be it in the theater, on Amazon Instant Video or eventually on DVD/Blu-ray.


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