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Jawbone (2017)

R | | Action, Drama, Sport | 12 May 2017 (UK)
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Former youth boxing champion Jimmy McCabe, after hitting rock bottom, returns to his childhood boxing club and his old team, gym owner Bill and corner-man Eddie.

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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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... Joe Padgett
... William Carney
... Jimmy McCabe
... Eddie
Ernest Vernon ... Funeral Mourner
Luke J.I. Smith ... Damian
Anna Wilson-Hall ... Mary
Haqi Ali ... Passerby
Kirstie Shannon ... Boxing Ring Spectator
James Cartwright ... Boxing Ring Spectator
Lee Latham ... Boxing Ring Spectator
David Cronin ... Funeral mourner
Katie Mckernan ... Boxing supporter
Neil Bradley ... Newcomer Michael
Jon Pegg ... Jimmy's Cornerman
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A former youth boxing champion, Jimmy McCabe (Johnny Harris), is a man in search of hope but looking in all the wrong places. When he hits rock bottom he turns to his childhood boxing club and the only family he has left: gym owner Bill corner man Eddie and promoter Joe. Back in training, years after anyone thought he was a contender, he risks his life, as he tries to stand tall and regain his place in the world. Written by Front Row Filmed Entertainment

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alcoholic | boxing | See All (2) »

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Sometimes the hardest fight is with yourself

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Action | Drama | Sport

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Rated R for language throughout | See all certifications »
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12 May 2017 (UK)  »

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The Ballad of Jimmy McCabe  »

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Johnny Harris started acting at his local Union Street Theatre; this gives its name to the fictional Union Street Boxing club. See more »

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Referenced in Good Morning Britain: Episode dated 9 May 2017 (2017) See more »

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Jawbone
Written and performed by Paul Weller
(p) 2017 Solid Bond Productions Limited under exclusive license to Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group company
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The Anti-Rocky, and a Heck of a film
10 June 2017 | by See all my reviews

Take everything you thought you knew about boxing movies ... and forget it.

Instead of a movie about someone looking to break into the sport, here is a movie about someone looking to break into Life, having wasted most of theirs. And boxing is all he knows.

It is a testament to the skill of the writer and director that, by the time the big fight arrives, you the audience don't have a clue how it will turn out. That by itself is an accomplishment.

Speaking of accomplishments, Harris hands us one of the most amazing performances I have ever seen. To re-use a tired cliché, he literally delivers most of his dialog in this film with his eyes.

And Winstone may possibly have delivered one of the most subtle and nuanced performances of his career, and makes max use of every second of screen time.

You could possibly say it is a modern update of Requiem for a Heavyweight (1962). Or you could simply call it what it is -- an extraordinary movie.

Recommended? Hell, yes.


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