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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.

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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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His biggest fight is on the ring. 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, Wide Release

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

Lupita Nyong'o was cast as Angela Rivera but dropped out, due to scheduling conflicts with Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015). See more »

Goofs

During a match in which he defends his World Light Heavyweight title, Billy sustains an injury to his left eye which is shown to be bloodshot. After the fight, Billy speaks at a press conference but the eye is no longer bloodshot. It is bloodshot again in the next scene. See more »

Quotes

Tick Wills: Don't let him take this from you. Don't let him get into your head. You got one shot. Go southpaw. Go southpaw on his ass. You got to go out there and you... beat his ass!
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Lover's Glance
Written by Stephen Edwards
Courtesy of Source In Sync Music
Under license from 5 Alarm Music
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About as Generic as a Boxing Movie could be!
24 July 2015 | by MattBirkSee all my reviews

This will be short, Southpaw is about as straightforward as you would expect from a boxing movie. A once great fighter falls into despair only to be given another chance at redemption in some sort of title fight. This movie hit just about every single plot point you would expect it to. And that's what makes Southpaw feel so dull and unengaging, it holds too few surprises. He gets beaten down again and again only to find redemption later in the movie just as expected. This is the type of movie where if you've seen the trailer, you've seen the movie, period!

But to no surprise, however, Jake Gyllenhaal is the saving grace of the movie (the 5/10 score would certainly be lower if he had not been in this movie). He is physically committed (looks like a complete beast), but is also able to bring the necessary emotional state the character required. If he had not been in the movie, this would have been a complete disaster. He totally fit the role of the down on his luck boxer, but more importantly hit the role of the damaged father even better. And even though we know exactly what is coming to our 'hero', the performance by Gyllenhaal makes it seem a tad more enjoyable.

At the end of the day, you've seen a ton of movies like Southpaw. You could probably predict the ending of the story based on the trailers alone. Even though Jake Gyllenhaal gives it his all, the movie can't help but fail because of the extremely generic script.

Instead, go watch The Wrestler again!


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