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Jake Gyllenhaal delivers an impressively committed performance, but Southpaw beats it down with a dispiriting drama that pummels viewers with genre clichés.



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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 (R) 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 (R) winner Forest Whitaker), a retired fighter and trainer to the city's toughest amateur boxers. With his future riding on Tick's guidance and tenacity, Billy enters the hardest battle of his life as he struggles with redemption and to win back the trust of those he loves. (C) Weinstein

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Jake Gyllenhaal
as Billy "The Great" Hope
Forest Whitaker
as Titus "Tick" Wills
Rachel McAdams
as Maureen Hope
Naomie Harris
as Angela Rivera
50 Cent
as Jordan Mains
Rita Ora
as Maria Escobar
Grace Marie Williams
as Jordan's Girl
Miguel Gómez
as Miguel "Magic" Escobar
Oona Laurence
as Leila Hope
John Cenatiempo
as Court officer
Marie Elena O'Brien
as Sheriff Reynolds
David Whalen
as Det. Parker
Lana Young
as Gloria
Adam Ratcliffe
as Sheriff Jennins
Beau Knapp
as Jon Jon
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