Sign in. Watch now. The inspirational story of World Champion Boxer Vinny Pazienza who, after a near fatal car crash which left him not knowing if he'd ever walk again, made one of sport's most incredible comebacks.
Making matters psychologically thicker, he was born to a U. Marine father who abandoned his barrio mom. Felicidad, in particular, quickly becomes a biopic accessory rather than one-half of a long, fraught marriage.
It is directed and written by Jonathan Jakubowicz. The film premiered at Cannes on May 16, where it was received with a fifteen-minute standing ovation, and was released on August 26,by The Weinstein Company. As he reaches 20, an American legendary boxing trainer Ray Arcelwho nearly lost his life after being attacked by an unknown assailant in in New York City and is now living with his wife Stephanie, notices Roberto's raw talent and punching power and takes the young fighter under his wing, becoming his coach.
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Boxing movies — the classic Raging Bull excepted — tend to punch the same way: Underdog hits it big, then blows it before launching a comeback. But the Venezuelan-born writer-director Jonathan Jakubowicz Secuestro Express knows how to muscle up momentum and bring the best out of actors. Ramirez Carlos excels as Duran, the natural street brawler from Panama whose hot temper often gets the best of him.
H ands of Stone starts out in a defensive crouch. Over slow-motion images of two men beating the snot out of each other, Robert De Niro intones a lazy argument that boxing is, in fact, an art. He is a natural fighter, but lacks discipline. His power stems from his rage, much of it anti-American.
Scott Tobias. A man, a plan, a canal — Panama! In the thumbnail sketch that passes for portraiture, the film offers the canal as the emotional center of both his hardscrabble youth, when he fumed over American military oppressors, and of his boxing prime in the late '70s and early '80s, when the treaty to cede the canal to Panama in was a contentious political issue.