7.4/10
202,935
328 user 342 critic

Southpaw (2015)

R | | Drama, Sport | 24 July 2015 (USA)
Trailer
1:07 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $6.99 on Prime Video

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.

Director:

Antoine Fuqua

Writer:

Kurt Sutter
Reviews
Popularity
1,632 ( 36)
11 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Demolition (2015)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A successful investment banker struggles after losing his wife in a tragic car crash. With the help of a customer service rep and her young son, he starts to rebuild, beginning with the demolition of the life he once knew.

Director: Jean-Marc Vallée
Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Naomi Watts, Chris Cooper
Nightcrawler (2014)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

When Louis Bloom, a con man desperate for work, muscles into the world of L.A. crime journalism, he blurs the line between observer and participant to become the star of his own story.

Director: Dan Gilroy
Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Bill Paxton
End of Watch (2012)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Shot documentary-style, this film follows the daily grind of two young police officers in LA who are partners and friends, and what happens when they meet criminal forces greater than themselves.

Director: David Ayer
Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Peña, Anna Kendrick
Source Code (2011)
Action | Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A soldier wakes up in someone else's body and discovers he's part of an experimental government program to find the bomber of a commuter train. A mission he has only 8 minutes to complete.

Director: Duncan Jones
Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga
Everest (2015)
Action | Adventure | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The story of New Zealand's Robert "Rob" Edwin Hall, who on May 10, 1996, together with Scott Fischer, teamed up on a joint expedition to ascend Mount Everest.

Director: Baltasar Kormákur
Stars: Jason Clarke, Ang Phula Sherpa, Thomas M. Wright
Brothers I (2009)
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A young man comforts his older brother's wife and children after he goes missing in Afghanistan.

Director: Jim Sheridan
Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Natalie Portman, Tobey Maguire
Prisoners (2013)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

When Keller Dover's daughter and her friend go missing, he takes matters into his own hands as the police pursue multiple leads and the pressure mounts.

Director: Denis Villeneuve
Stars: Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis
Stronger I (2017)
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Stronger is the inspiring real life story of Jeff Bauman, an ordinary man who captured the hearts of his city and the world to become a symbol of hope after surviving the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.

Director: David Gordon Green
Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Tatiana Maslany, Miranda Richardson
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A wealthy art gallery owner is haunted by her ex-husband's novel, a violent thriller she interprets as a symbolic revenge tale.

Director: Tom Ford
Stars: Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Shannon
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A young woman suffering from Parkinson's befriends a drug rep working for Pfizer in 1990s Pittsburgh.

Director: Edward Zwick
Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Anne Hathaway, Judy Greer
Zodiac (2007)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

In the late 1960s/early 1970s, a San Francisco cartoonist becomes an amateur detective obsessed with tracking down the Zodiac Killer, an unidentified individual who terrorizes Northern California with a killing spree.

Director: David Fincher
Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo
Enemy (2013)
Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A man seeks out his exact look-alike after spotting him in a movie.

Director: Denis Villeneuve
Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Mélanie Laurent, Sarah Gadon
Edit

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
Edit

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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Fighters Fall. Champions Rise. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language throughout, and some violence | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Official Facebook | Official site | See more »

Country:

Hong Kong | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 July 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Revancha See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,701,294, 26 July 2015

Gross USA:

$52,421,953

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$91,970,827
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Skylan Brooks's character, Hoppy, pays homage to Eminem's character in 8 Mile (2002), named B-Rabbit. See more »

Goofs

The bell rings when the referee is counting 9 and Miguel is saved from a KO. In reality, once the referee starts the 10 count, the bell cannot save you (WBF rule #4.6). But Escobar was already up before the ten count. The 'Saved by the bell' said by the commentator is merely an opinion that if the bell wasn't rung Escobar couldn't have survived another hit from Billy. See more »

Quotes

Tick Wills: These kids coming up in here I'm telling them a bunch of stuff this bullshit. "It's gonna be alright". You can control your destiny. You could control this you could control that". You can't control shit.
See more »

Connections

Featured in Mike & Mike: Episode dated 24 July 2015 (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

What About The Rest Of Us
Performed by Action Bronson & Joey Bada$$ ft. Rico Love
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Hope is a good thing.
23 August 2015 | by brendandevereSee all my reviews

I walked into the cinema with a preconceived expectation that 'Southpaw' was going to be another boxing film with a clichéd tale about a man turning around his life for the good something greater than himself. It was an expectation I was willing to ignore in the hope (no pun intended)of seeing something fresh and original. I then realised when I was waiting for the movie to begin that when it comes to the fight game, there is only so much you can tell. Boxing is always going to be clichéd, but that is why we come back to see the same story over and over again. Everybody loves to root for the underdog and everybody loves to see a person fall from grace and then with a hard fought struggle, reclaim their dignity through redemption.

How many fight films have there been? Anybody could name at least three, and most are pretty good stories. 'Rocky' made a star out of Stallone, 'Raging Bull' got De Niro the Academy Award and films like 'Cinderella Man' and 'Ali' were critically acclaimed with standout performances from their leading men. I'm not saying 'Southpaw' is up there with these films but the basic plot is no different from any of these great movies. What is common is the performances of the actors, who give their heart and soul, with each one outstandingly giving a predictable script the feeling that you have just watched a good piece of theatre.

This is out and out Jake Gyllenhaal's film, with a performance that is every bit as worthy of an awards season nomination than anything he has done in the past. He will be ignored by organisations such as the Academy of Film for this performance but he is truly an actor at the top of his game. It will not be long before he finds the role that will put him echelon of actors that have ever stood in front of a camera.

He plays Billy Hope, who is the undisputed, undefeated Light Heavyweight Champion of the world, using his raw aggressive emotion to win his fights. In his corner is his loyal beautiful wife, Maureen (Rachel McAdams), who is becoming concerned that Billy is starting to take to much punishment for the sake of victory inside the ring. After an unpredictable and tragic event, Billy loses everything, including his daughter, Leila (Oona Laurence) and his championship belts. He is a man at the very bottom but with the help of an old school trainer named Tick Wills (Forest Whitaker), Billy turns his life around for the sake of his daughter and finds the determination he needs to live the rest of his life with dignity and respect.

Yes, yes. Very clichéd and we have all seen it before but the film pulls hard on the heart strings and you find yourself really wanting Billy to come out on top. Young Oona Laurence is magnificent as Billy's daughter, giving an emotional performance of a girl confused and angry about her father's fall from grace. Forest Whitaker doesn't let the production down and 50 Cent is surprisingly engaging in his turn as the boxing promoter that is only interested in making money and lots of it, to the detriment of his fighters. Director, Antione Fuqua has delivered the audience his best production since 'Training Day' and has been able to turn a over told story into a movie that oozes emotion and feeling.

Ignore the predictable script and focus on the memorable performances of the actors and you will come away with a very satisfying experience.


14 of 24 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 328 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed