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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 13 December 2007
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 7 October 2012
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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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 12 July 2009
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 10 June 2014
A perfect movie from MC's eariler movies. Good soundtrack and MC is amazing!! I highly recommend it for every real MC fans!!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 3 June 2004
Beautiful film, fantastic soundtrack.
The guitar pieces are great, Eric Clapton and the other artists who have created tracks especially for this, have done themselves proud. Very moody, bluesy, country, a melting pot of musical influences and emotions, very much like the film. I would recommend watching the film as well as playing this soundtrack - the music is a great backdrop to it.
Pretty Baby by JJ Hutto & The New Hawks is a fantastic tune, amongst the others.
My favourites though are the last two, Dixie and Homeboy. If you watch the film, Dixie is at the climax or focal point of the film, and once this is concluded, Homeboy quietly begins and gently rounds off the film in a beautiful way.
You might not like the film, guess it's not everyones cup of tea, but I think its a masterpiece and wonderfully crafted. Incidentally you will see credits on the film for "Eddie Cook". This is actually Mickey Rourke.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 4 May 2004
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.
Anyway back to the film Homeboy, it is humourous in places, a bit off beat, but it's also quite moving, following the life of a semi retired boxer who mixes with the wrong crowd, but has a good heart and tries to make a difference.
The climax is well orchestrated and can bring tears to the eye. Music is mainly by Eric Clapton and forms an important part of this artistic film.
Highly recommended, as is all of Mickey Rourkes more serious work. Just hope he makes a come back in later life. Take a look at some of his other films. "Barfly" is one of his other less famous yet brilliantly acted films. He did a few low budget movies after some of the trashy ones. One of the good ones is about a Rodeo rider and is highly recommended.
Come on Tarantino why don't you cast him in a half decent film and blast him to superstardom??!!
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on 31 January 2015
One of my favourite albums ever.
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on 3 July 2015
Good film and good supplier.
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on 25 August 2015
Load of old rubbish
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on 8 November 2014
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