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Homeboy

Mickey Rourke , Christopher Walken , Michael Seresin    DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Mickey Rourke, Christopher Walken, Debra Feuer
  • Directors: Michael Seresin
  • Format: PAL, Widescreen, Colour
  • Language: Italian, English
  • Subtitles: Italian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: 01 Distribution
  • Run Time: 110.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0041KY4WU

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Un pugile di mezza etą sempre ubriaco, Johnny, tenta di ottenere un ingaggio per qualche incontro-esibizione di boxe. In realtą viene assoldato da Wesley, un uomo che vive di espedienti e che intende utilizzare Johnny per i suoi loschi traffici. Johnny, intanto, conosce Ruby, una giovane semplice e disillusa che gestise un Luna Park e che gli ispira un sentimento misto di umanitą e ammirazione.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Forget "The Wrestler". Watch the original. 12 July 2009
By Spin
Format:DVD
The idiots who designed the cover for this dvd thought it would be a good idea to grab peoples attention by placing the slogan "Forget Rocky! This is the real thing!" Because "Homeboy" was advertised as a "boxing" movie it failed to be appreciated by those expecting another "Raging Bull". This is not a "Boxing" movie, even though the protagonist is a punch-drunk boxer. His occupation is a metaphor for the way life treats him and his willingness to put up with it for prize money. The premise of the film is concerned with how Johnny Walker, a loose-living, punch-drunk, aggressive, second-class boxer views those around him. The film is more about how those around him interact with him and how his decisions affect those characters. The scenes where we see and hear the world through punch-drunk eyes and ears lets us realise that Walker is totally detached from the world around him and seeks stability and comfort. The acting in this film is superb, the direction low-key but forceful, the story-line utterly compelling. A fantastic piece of cinema. If you are torn between buying this or Rourke's latest film, "The Wrestler", get "Homeboy" first. The original and best.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of Rourke's best 7 Oct 2012
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I saw the reviews for this years ago when it first came out. They panned the movie, and I didn't bother going to see it. How wrong I was. This is a very good film and ranks as one of Rourke's best.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A pretty much forgotten film 13 Dec 2007
Format:DVD
The basic story...Johny (Mickey Rourke) is a aging alcoholic boxer who strikes a relationship with a wise guy crook Wesley (Christopher Walken) and also starts a romance with a carousel worker. Later on Wesley tries to involve him in some of his criminal activities...
This downbeat 1988 film contains great performances from its two leads but with its constant grim feel was completely ignored back on its initial release. It's a shame as "Homeboy" though far from perfect is a well made film with ok fight scenes and a interesting none glamorous story. The film was Mickey Rourke's project and he spent years developing a script only for it to go straight to video hell when it came out. The gloomy feel won't be to all tastes but with its long time unavailability i'd say this cheap dvd release is well worth picking up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Raw, gritty, but right from the heart 4 May 2004
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
If you rate Mickey Rourke as an actor then this film is an essential addition to your film collection. Its Mickey in the early days. If I remember correctly the script credit is "Johnny Walker" but infact it was Mickey Rourke. He did a number of shallow and sadly trashy films mid career, which unfortunately didn't pay off unlike some other actors. Where other actors springboarded onto other things, Mickey seemed to wallow and gradually disappear from the spotlight. Its ashame as even in some of the worst of the films he was in, his acting still shines through.
However it had its price in his demise from the "A-list" actors. Although if I know the man he would probably shrug it off and say he never wanted to be an "A-lister" anyway. Out of interest, against everyone's advice he became a pro-boxer in the middle of his acting career. While people waited for him to get thrashed in the ring he had the last laugh winning most of his fights and not losing one of them. He became good friends with Tupak Shakur and they acted in a quite decent film "Bullet" together.
In my humble opinion he is a fine actor and worthy of much greater success. He seems to have fallen foul of the business, and yet he seems to have a good heart. Recent plastic surgery has sadly given him a strange looking face. I hope for his sake it will settle back to normal with time. See him in "One Upon A Time In Mexico" and you will recognise this, although his acting in it is fantastic, and he again plays the bad guy with a good heart. Brilliant acting from quite a few actors in this, such as Johhny Depp, yet the film itself is sadly a pile of crap. Was supposed to be in the vain of "The Good, The Bad & The Ugly" yet it fell woefully short.
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