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    Southpaw – 2015

    ο Αριστερόχειρας Southpaw 2015 greek posterGenre:
    Action Movie

    Release Date:
    July 23, 2015

    Duration:
    124 minutes

    Plot:
    Billy Hope (Jake Gyllenhaal) just won the boxing finals. He is the lightweight world boxing champion – something rare for a southpaw (lefthanded) boxer. His wife, Maureen (Rachel McAdams), believes this is the best timing for him to retire, now that he is at the zenith of his fame, and Billy agrees with her. He wants to spend more time with his daughter Leila (Oona Laurence). After a charity event at “Monte Carlo Casino Night”, an upcoming boxer Miguel ‘Magic’ Escobar (Miguel Gomez), provokes Billy to get the media attention. Billy ignores him at first, till Miguel offends Maureen. The two of them begin to fight and Hector Escobar (Danny Henriquez), when he sees his brother being beaten, he pulls a gun and shoots. The bullet hits Maureen who leaves her last breath on her husband arms.

    The death of his wife is the breaking point in Billy Hope’s psychology. He starts drinking, he fights with a referee after losing a boxing match and he searches for Hector. He finaly finds him hidden in his woman’s home, and he decides to forget about taking revenge, after learning that Hector has a kid. The sports court suspends him for a year for hitting the referee. The former boxing champion is now an outcast. And the knock out hit comes when the Child Protective Services take custody of his daughter Leila, because Billy Hope is an alcoholic.

    southpaw 2015They say that a friend in need is a friend indeed, and this is certainly the case for Billy, because his friends help him – or “force” him to continue. They convince Titus Wills (Forest Whitaker), a veteran boxer, to accept Billy in his gym. This way Billy has a job and a chance to practice boxing. In the meantime, his former manager Jordan Mains (50 Cent), works now for Miguel Escobar. When he hears that Billy is not an alcoholic anymore and that he has started boxing again, he tries to convince to have a match against Miguel Escobar. Everybody believes that Miguel will win, making Mains richer. But this fight is the last chance for Billy Hope to take his life back. To stand on his feet and get the custody of his daughter. Will he make it?

    Our impressions and movie review:
    “Southpaw” is the first work for the cinema of the screenwriter Kurt Sutter, known from the TV seris “The Shield”, “Sons of Anarchy” and “The Bastard Executioner”. Antoine Fuqua does an excelent job directing this movie. Jake Gyllenhaal, a good actor, is better than ever. Some journalists even suggest that with this movie he can win an Academy Award! Pay attention to the young Oona Laurence who plays Leila Hope. This young actress, who has performed on stage at Broadway for Matilda the musical when she was just 10, is really talented. In tgis movie you will also enjoy seeing Rachel McAdams, Naomie Harris and 50 Cent, who besides his “bankruptcy” still tries to become a known actor. On the other hand Forest Whitaker, helps the movie with his strong presence.

    “Southpaw” premiered in Greece on July 23rd, 2015. This is a movie with many boxing scenes – do you remember Rocky? – with the ambition to go one step beyond with a good screenplay. Maybe the plot needed more time than the boxing games. Anyway, this is a movie that will raise discussions (mostly among men cinemagoers), and this movie is waiting for you in a cool movie theater, or in a wonderful summer cinema under the stars!

    Southpaw – Trailer

    Movie Quote from Ο Αριστερόχειρας – Southpaw

    The more they hit you, the more you fight.

    Movie Trivial for Southpaw

    • Kurt Sutter said he was inspired from the life of rapper musician Eminem and that this movie can be considered as a sequel to “8 Mile”. Most boxers are right-handed, Sutter said, and a left-handed boxer (a southpaw) is a link to Eminem, the white musician who took a stand in the rap scene.
    • The protagonist studied the technique of the left-handed boxer Miguel Cotto to be convincing in his role.
    • Eminem is also left-handed.
    • Antoine Fuqua wanted James Horner for the Motion Picture Soundtrack της, but the low budget made this prohibited. In the end, Horner composed the music pro bono (without getting paid), because he really liked the story. The last movie with Horner’s music, who died in a plane accident on June 22nd, 2015, will be “The 33”.

    Credits:

    Writers:
    Kurt Sutter

    Director:
    Antoine Fuqua

    Cast:
    Jake Gyllenhaal – Billy Hope
    Rachel McAdams – Maureen Hope
    Forest Whitaker – Tick Wills
    Oona Laurence – Leila Hope
    50 Cent – Jordan Mains
    Skylan Brooks – Hoppy
    Naomie Harris – Angela Rivera
    Victor Ortiz – Ramone
    Beau Knapp – Jon Jon
    Miguel Gomez – Miguel ‘Magic’ Escobar
    Dominic Colón – Mikey
    Jose Caraballo – Eli Frost
    Malcolm M. Mays – Gabe
    Aaron Quattrocchi – Keith ‘Buzzsaw’ Brady
    Lana Young – Gloria
    Danny Henriquez – Hector Escobar
    Patsy Meck – Judge Kayle
    Vito Grassi – Nick
    Tony Weeks – Referee
    Jimmy Lennon Jr. – Jimmy Lennon Jr.
    Charles Hoyes – Stuart Korman
    Michelle Johnston – Mrs. Doyle
    Patrick Jordan – Deputy / Bronx Detective #2
    Clare Foley – Alice
    Mark Shrader – Doc Field
    Rita Ora – Maria Escobar
    Adam Kroloff – Simon Stillman
    Cedric D. Jones – Darius Jones
    Jim Lampley – Jim Lampley
    Rayco Saunders – Kalil Turay
    Mike Clark – Reporter #1
    Ian Eagle – Reporter #2
    Alejandro Chamorro – Reporter #3
    David Raine – Detective Miller
    David Whalen – Detective Parker
    Andre Dobson – ER Doctor
    Adam Ratcliffe – ER Police Officer #1
    Marie Elena O’Brien – ER Police Officer #2
    Dominique Briggs – Aileen
    Lou DiBella – Jamison
    Ken Alter – Charity Announcer
    John Katana – Fight Doctor
    Shadeed Suluki – Darius Cornerman #1
    Kamil Beale – Darius Cornerman #2
    Mike Maples – Reporter #5
    Anthony Bonelli – Reporter #4
    Roy Jones Jr. – Roy Jones Jr.
    Twanee Butterfield – National Anthem Singer
    Bernard Hauger – Fight Doctor #2
    Willie Monroe Jr. – Umpire
    Chris A. Riskus – Referee #2
    Edward Flaherty – Gala Announcer
    Jeremy Michael Burns – Uniform Cop
    Danika Adams-Peterson – Secretary
    Asia Fuqua – Talia
    David Diamante – Ring Announcer
    Rick Steigerwald – Charity Fight Referee
    Ryan Ball – Security Guard
    Lawrence Burgess – Police Officer #3
    Deirdre Horgan – Receptionist
    Rodney Prystash – Rodney
    John Medlin – Bartender
    David Dale McCue – Bronx Cop #3
    Terence Mahoney – Bronx Cop #4
    Terry Claybon – Billy Cornerman
    Juliana Guedes – Apartment Landlord

    Production Companies and Distributors:
    Escape Artists
    Fuqua Films
    Riche Productions
    WanDa Pictures
    Odeon

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