After a fatal incident sends him on a rampant path of destruction, a champion boxer fights to get custody of his daughter and revive his professional career.

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Antoine Fuqua

Writer:

Kurt Sutter
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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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Billy Hope (played by Jake Gyllenhaal) is the undisputed light-heavyweight boxing champion of the world. He is unbeaten over a career of 43 fights. He is happily married to beautiful Maureen (Rachel McAdams) and has a young daughter, Leila (Oona Laurence). His life seems perfect, but then, during a fracas with a rival boxer, his wife is shot and killed. They had known each other since they were 12 years old, and now the bottom has fallen out of his world. The death of his wife sends Billy into a downward spiral, resulting in him being barred from professional boxing for a year, the loss of his house and almost all his possessions and, most painfully, the loss of his daughter to the custody of Social Services. In order to gain back his daughter and restart his life, he seeks out a particular trainer, Tick Wills (Forest Whitaker). Now he is starting his life again, at the bottom. Written by grantss

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His left is his strongest weapon. See more »

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Action | Drama | Sport

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

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Jake Gyllenhaal, Rachel McAdams, and Forest Whitaker who star in the film star in the MCU. Gyllenhaal, who played Billy in the film played Mysterio in Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019). McAdams, who played Maureen in the film played Christine Palmer in Doctor Strange (2016). Whitaker, who was Titus in the film played Zuri in Black Panther (2018). See more »

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In some of the fight scenes, the ringside cameramen are seen shooting with an Arri Alexa camera. This camera would probably never be used to cover sports events. It was the actual film crew that you see in the shot. See more »

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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 #1.44 (2015) See more »

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Cry For Love (Part 2)
Performed by James Horner
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Coming from a formulaic genre, Southpaw is a bit cliché but it surely brings powerful performances and a promising storyline
24 July 2015 | by condillonSee 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 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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Country:

Hong Kong | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 July 2015 (USA) See more »

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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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Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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