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Southpaw (2015)

R | | Drama, Sport | 24 July 2015 (USA)
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A champion boxer fights to get his daughter back from child protective services as well as revive his professional career, after a fatal incident sends him on a rampant path of destruction.

Director:

Antoine Fuqua

Writer:

Kurt Sutter
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jake Gyllenhaal ... Billy Hope
Rachel McAdams ... Maureen Hope
Forest Whitaker ... Tick Wills
Oona Laurence ... Leila Hope
50 Cent ... Jordan Mains (as Curtis '50 Cent' Jackson)
Skylan Brooks ... Hoppy
Naomie Harris ... Angela Rivera
Victor Ortiz ... Ramone
Beau Knapp ... Jon Jon
Miguel Gomez ... Miguel 'Magic' Escobar
Dominic Colón ... Mikey
Jose Caraballo Jose Caraballo ... Eli Frost
Malcolm M. Mays ... Gabe
Aaron Quattrocchi Aaron Quattrocchi ... Keith 'Buzzsaw' Brady
Lana Young ... Gloria
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Storyline

As tragedy strikes him in his prime, famed boxer, Billy Hope, begins to fall into a great depression. Once the decision regarding the custody of his daughter is under question, Billy decides to get his life back on track by getting back into the ring.

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Taglines:

Fighters Fall. Champions Rise. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

Hong Kong | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 July 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Revancha See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,701,294, 26 July 2015

Gross USA:

$52,421,953

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$91,970,827
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The scene where Billy Hope meets Tick Willis at his boxing school was actually filmed in Pittsburgh, but it was made to look like the Bronx section of New York City. The street signs were changed, New York cabs were brought in, and fake graffiti was painted on the walls, all to give the neighborhood an authentic N.Y. neighborhood look. See more »

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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 »

Quotes

Angela Rivera: But I'm asking you... because we're about to see Leila... so I want to know what kind of shape you're in
Billy Hope: [Mocking laughter] I'm a fuckin' mess!
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Referenced in Sports Jeopardy!: Episode #2.12 (2015) See more »

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Jake Gyllenhaal's performance is a southpaw that goes straight to the heart
3 October 2015 | by JoaoPovoaMarinheiroSee all my reviews

We can always criticize Hollywood for bringing movies that are intended to toss some smoke to the viewer by presenting something new with repeated formulas and recycled plots we have seen somewhere else before. The same goes for "Southpaw"... apart from the fact that there's something more lying inside this story about a boxer's redemption. The answer to it is the trust it puts into the strength of its actors and the gripping emotions that come with it.

There's a little sparkle that starts to light up inside of us during the very first minutes of the movie. And even if we barely have the time to see Gyllenhaal and McAdams' characters, we didn't need more because we were instantly dragged towards an emotional charge that never abandons the plot and whose "legacy" is carried on the main actor's shoulders.

Gyllenhaal doesn't skip a beat and keeps his character's pain and rage constantly vivid in every detail - we feel it because we've somewhat experienced in our lives what it means to lose someone we love and feel lost afterward. We felt the struggle coming after the loss of a bond as strong as that one. That's why his performance is relentless and immaculate.

Truth is that the genuine side of "Southpaw"'s plot is based on the main character's fall and his irreproachable route to stand up again, reach the top once more. Only this time, the fight has completely changed and the goals are different, goals that make us question what we really fight for in our life.

You already know this story but not told under these terms. Hollywood has crafted good flicks about fighters/boxers in the last few years and "Southpaw" follows a line that is close to the more recent "Warrior", starring Joel Edgerton and Tom Hardy due to its "underdog" screenplay. What makes this movie different from the rest is the ineluctable emotion that never departs and befalls us, stirring and stirring our inner feelings.

We don't always need to criticize a movie for its predictability. "Southpaw" is predictable but it's also honest in assuming itself as such because its purpose - and I believe, Antoine Fuqua's purpose - is to divert our attention towards something more meaningful. And when a movie pierces the bone to reach our heart and soul with this impact, then it deserves our respect and acknowledgment.

"Southpaw" is, quite simply, liberating.


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