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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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Thomas Napper

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

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Cast

Credited cast:
Ian McShane ... Joe Padgett
Ray Winstone ... William Carney
Michael Smiley ... Eddie
Johnny Harris ... Jimmy McCabe
Haqi Ali Haqi Ali ... Passerby
Ernest Vernon Ernest Vernon ... Funeral Mourner
Luke J I Smith ... Damian (as Luke J.I. Smith)
Anna Wilson-Hall Anna Wilson-Hall ... Mary
Jon Pegg Jon Pegg ... Jimmy's Cornerman
Katie Mckernan Katie Mckernan ... Boxing supporter
Kirstie Shannon Kirstie Shannon ... Boxing Ring Spectator
James Cartwright James Cartwright ... Boxing Ring Spectator
David Cronin David Cronin ... Funeral mourner
Neil Bradley Neil Bradley ... Newcomer Michael
Lee Latham Lee Latham ... Boxing Ring Spectator
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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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Language:

English

Release Date:

12 May 2017 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Ballad of Jimmy McCabe See more »

Filming Locations:

Stoke on Trent, England, UK See more »

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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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Tremendous boxing Saga true to life....
12 June 2017 | by stephenw-30180See all my reviews

There are only four or five reviews on this film thus far and the overwhelming majority rate it at 8 of 10, or above. There is always the token "nay-sayer", but, everyone is entitled to their opinion. Even when ridiculous.

This stellar film is about a Boxer struggling with alcohol and other demons were not privy to in the story. Nor does it make much difference as the film is more about the human spirit and will then anything else. Boxing is simply the vehicle it rides on that back of to tell its tale.

Anything with Ray Winstone and Ian McShane, IMO, is worth the price of a theater ticket. But , they have small roles in this film. They are, nonetheless, great in the scenes they are in, as expected. It's not the big Box office names that carry this heartfelt, gritty, anti-hero superb film, it's the awesome acting of Johnny Harris and Michael Smiley that make this bittersweet human interest story so great.

Of the decades of "Rockyesque" type boxing films, which are pure fiction, (although Rocky was a great film, every other, garbage) this was a realistic tale of a fighter down on his heels and suffering from life challenges, yet with a spirit unbroken. The protagonist is not out for fame and fortune, recognition nor revenge. He is an average man with little in his life and a loner. No spoilers here....so I won't get too into the plot. I will say, with absolute certainty......if you are a fan of witnessing the strength of the human spirit and like to avoid the big Hollywood type nonsense usually regurgitated every few years on the silver screen using Boxing as its venue, then you will love this film.

I highly recommend it. It is 90 minutes that passes like 20!


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