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.