#HandsOfStone – Review

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Hands of Stone – Budget of $20 million – 1 hour 45 minutes

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Hands of Stone
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Roberto has grown up with less than nothing during the long ongoing battle over the Panama Canal. Roberto only had 2 teachers in life, Chaflan (a neighborhood guy that taught the kids how to survive) and Plomo (his trainer). However, Roberto’s manager, Carlos, knows that throwing punches won’t be enough to get to the big leagues, so he calls Ray Arcel and ask him to come out of retirement to train Roberto Duran. Arcel is known for making champion with is style of training. Only a few people outside the boxing world know that the mafia has threaten Arcel. After surviving a previous mafia hit, the mafia agrees to let Arcel live if he never makes another dime from boxing again. To keep his agreement, Arcel trains Roberto for free. Roberto is unmatched in the ring and is elated to represent his country. Then, he learns that President Carter signed a treaty to give the Panama Canal back to Panama. Although most are happy, Stephanie, Roberto’s wife, points out that the treaty won’t take place until 1999 … or in 20 years. She believes that America will screw Panama and Roberto must find a way to embarrass the United States in 1979. She tell Roberto he must beat their Golden Boy and Boxer of the Year, Sugar Ray Leonard. Throughout the movie, Roberto beats poverty, Leonard, but most of all himself. So, how can Roberto defeat himself and win at the same time? You will have to see this movie to find out.

The actor’s portrayals of Sugar Ray Leonard and Roberto Duran are spot on. Both actors have closely followed their fighting styles and out-of-ring personas; and it shines brightly in this movie. Based on the book, Hands of Stone: The Life & Legend of Roberto Duran, this movie doesn’t glance over Roberto’s flaws (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer). It is an honest look into a complex man who came from nothing, could not read, and had an incredible ability to fight but struggled with his pain to become one of the greats. The fight scenes could use more impact and the friendship between Leonard & Roberto could have been explained better. With that, this is a good matinee movie, but leave kids at home. And be prepared for subtitles.

I give this 3 out of 5 stars

Of course. I bought it. – Roberto Duran

I’d rather live in fear – Ray Arcel

Hookers are cheaper and don’t cause this much problems – Carlos

It’s my rules, this time – Sugar Ray Leonard

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