Homeboy (1988)





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Mickey Rourke stars as boozy washed-up palooka Johnny Walker, who dreams of winning the middleweight boxing title and is given one last shot at it .
R (adult situations/language, violence)
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Mickey Rourke
as Johnny Walker
Christopher Walken
as Wesley Pendergass
Kevin Conway
as Grazziano
Jon Polito
as Moe Fingers
Al Braversman
as Coffee Shop Customer
David Taylor
as Cannonball
Joe Ragno
as Cotten's Trainer
Matthew Lewis
as Cotten
Willy DeVille
as Moe's Bodyguard
Ruben Blades
as Doctor
Sam Gray
as Barber
Jimmy Dupree
as Hurricane
Michael Buffer
as Ring Announcer
Gianna Rains
as Phyllis
Jeanne Daly
as Melanie
Jonathan Freeman
as Hotel Room Man
Liz Trepel
as Hotel Room Woman
Gloria Irizarry
as Hotel Maid
Stu Black
as Commentator
Sheila Gray
as Luna Park Assistant
Sol Frieder
as Hassidic Diamond Dealer
Jose Morales
as Cuban Boxer
Cordelia González
as Cuban Boxer's Wife
John Freeman
as Hotel Room Man
Gavin J. O'Conner
as Rookie Cop
Lydia Hannibal
as Cameo Bar Woman
Patience Moore
as Moe's Girlfriend
Julie Janney
as Waitress
Iran Barkley
as Roscoe
Carmen Grazziano
as Roscoe's Trainer
Thomas Patti
as Franzatti
Guido Innacelli
as Fat Heckler
Lenny LaPaglia
as Fight Second
Michael Sessa
as Crowd Bigmouth
Dondre T. Whitfield
as Billy Harrison
Teddy Abner
as Street Tough
Anthony Means
as Street Tough
Marty Denkin
as Referee
Jack Lotz
as Coffee Shop Customer
Jimmy Archer
as Coffee Shop Customer
Al Braverman
as Coffee Shop Customer
Lenny Mancini
as Cornerman
Charles Prior
as Cornerman
Nick Ballo
as Luna Park Drunk
Stephen Baldwin
as Luna Park Drunk
Angel Sindo
as Sparring Partner
Buster Drayton
as Sparring Partner
Van Holmes
as Fighter
James Walsh
as Fighter
Dondre Whitfield
as Billy Harrison
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Audience Reviews for Homeboy

For what it's worth, the film does capture the essence of being down on your luck and wandering, and for that, I kind of like it. The plot is as simple as they come, the shots are unremarkable yet occasionally very pretty, the dialogue is trite, but the film amounts to something when it's through. There's a rare moment of brilliance here, but it's usually obscured by the amount of pretense onscreen. Should you watch? Eh. Mickey Rourke and Christopher Walken have above average performances.

Paris Smith
Paris Smith

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This movie is awful in just about everyway. The story, movie and direction are awful. Rourke's performance for the first half of the movie is awful (he drops the ridiculous accent towards the end of the movie). Walken is solid as always but has little to do or work with. Overall, just not a good idea.

Bruno Lot
Bruno Lot

No wonder Mickey lost his faith in Hollywood since his most ambitious efforts such as this one were never given any credit. Before there was The Wrestler, there was Homeboy (one dignified by Bruce Springsteen, the other by Eric Clapton). And you won't be wasting time doing your homework on this one.

Michal Januszewski
Michal Januszewski

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