About tragedy, loss and the painful road to redemption...Billy "The Great" Hope (Gyllenhaal) is the reigning Junior Middleweight Champion whose unorthodox stance, the so-called "Southpaw," consists of an ineloquent, though brutal, display of offensive fighting. One fueled by his own feelings of inadequacy and a desperate need for love, money and fame. With a beautiful family, home and financial security, Billy is on top both in and out of the ring until a tragic accident leaves his wife dead and sends him into a downward spiral. His days now an endless haze of alcohol and prescription drugs, his daughter taken by Child Services and his home repossessed by the bank, Billy's fate is all but sealed until a washed up former boxer named Tick agrees to take the bereaved pugilist under his wing so long as he agrees to his strict ethos. Relentless and utterly committed to a fighter that thinks as much as he throws punches, Tick rebuilds Billy into a new man: one that is agile, fearsome and uncompromising in the ring while thoughtful, loving and disciplined outside of it. Now, as he works to regain custody of his daughter and mounts a professional comeback, Billy must face his demons head-on as he learns that, sometimes, your greatest opponent can be yourself.
Southpaw has several flaws, but is ultimately a captivating experience. The powerhouse performance of star Jake Gyllenhaal lifts the film to a raw, emotional high. The actor vanishes like a chameleon in this role. It's stunning to see the lanky sociopath from last year's brilliant Nightcrawler, transformed into the chiseled and wounded bruiser of Southpaw. He is arguably the finest lead actor in Hollywood today. Director Antoine Fuqua takes a somewhat predictable story to a different level by putting the focus solidly on Gyllenhaal. The result is a film that doesn't show us anything new, but punches you in the gut with feeling.
Jake Gyllenhaal stars as champion boxer Billy Hope. A simple man, but a ferocious fighter in the ring. His entire world revolves around his beloved wife (Rachel McAdams) and daughter (Oona Laurence). The Hopes are a picture of happiness. Enjoying the success that pulled them out of poverty and the foster care system. Fate is cruel as Billy suffers an enormous tragedy. Unable to cope, he loses everything. His life spirals out of control. When the government takes away his child, Billy turns to the one thing that he knows - boxing. He reaches out to the only trainer that beat him, Tick Wills (Forest Whitaker); to retake his life and hopefully, another shot at greatness.Read More
The Weinstein Company has released an extended TV spot for their boxing drama Southpaw, which features the new Eminem song Phenomenal that will be featured on the soundtrack. You may recall that Eminem himself was once attached to star, before Jake Gyllenhaal signed on. "Phenomenal" marks the second time he has recorded a new song for Antoine Fuqua, following his "Guts Over Fear" track for last year's The Equalizer.
Billy "The Great" Hope (Jake Gyllenhaal) is the reigning Junior Middleweight Champion whose unorthodox stance, the so-called Southpaw, consists of an ineloquent, though brutal, display of offensive fighting. One fueled by his own feelings of inadequacy and a desperate need for love, money and fame. With a beautiful family, home and financial security, Billy is on top both in and out of the ring until a tragic accident leaves his wife dead and sends him into a downward spiral. His days now an endless haze of alcohol and prescription drugs, his daughter taken by Child Services and his home repossessed by the bank, Billy's fate is all but sealed until a washed up former boxer named Tick (Forest Whitaker) agrees to take the bereaved pugilist under his wing so long as he agrees to his strict ethos.Read More
Southpaw is one of the many Oscar contenders being released this fall, and buzz is high for Jake Gyllenhaal, who has completely transformed himself into a professional boxer, troubled by life. We have the second trailer released by The Weinstein Company, and Wanda Pictures, which puts some of Jake Gyllenhaal's physical talents on display. It also offers a showcase for co-star 50 Cent to shine in an unexpected, motivational role.
From director Antoine Fuqua and writers Kurt Sutter and Richard Wenk comes Southpaw. The hard hitting drama tells the story of Billy "The Great" Hope, Junior Middleweight Boxing Champion of the World. When tragedy strikes and he loses it all, Billy enters the battle of his life as he struggles to become a contender once again and win back those he loves.Read More
The Weinstein Company is excited to share a heart-pounding, brand new TV Spot for their highly anticipated film, Southpaw. Starring Academy Award nominee Jake Gyllenhaal, Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker, Rachel McAdams, and Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, Southpaw tells the story of Billy Hope, a boxer who fights his way to the top, only to find his life falling apart around him. Check out the intense TV Spot for this emotional drama below, coming to theaters on July 24th.
From acclaimed director Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) and screenwriters Kurt Sutter (Sons of Anarchy) and Richard Wenk (The Mechanic), Southpaw tells the riveting story of Billy "The Great" Hope, reigning Junior Middleweight Boxing Champion of the World (Academy Award nominee Jake Gyllenhaal). Billy Hope seemingly has it all with an impressive career, a beautiful and loving wife (Rachel McAdams), an adorable daughter (Oona Laurence) and a lavish lifestyle. When tragedy strikes and his lifelong manager and friend (Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson) leaves him behind, Hope hits rock bottom and turns to an unlikely savior at a run-down local gym: Tick Willis (Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker), a retired fighter and trainer to the city's toughest amateur boxers.Read More