Homeboy R CC

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Mickey Rourke (THE WRESTLER) stars as Johnny Walker, a washed up boxer looking for the big fight of his life. Christopher Walken stars as high stakes promoter Wesley Pendergrass.

Starring:
Mickey Rourke, Christopher Walken
Runtime:
1 hour, 57 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Sports, Drama, Romance
Director Michael Seresin
Starring Mickey Rourke, Christopher Walken
Supporting actors Debra Feuer, Thomas Quinn, Kevin Conway, Antony Alda, Jon Polito, Bill Slayton, David Albert Taylor, Joseph Ragno, Matthew Lewis, Willy DeVille, Rubén Blades, Sam Gray, Dondre Whitfield, Theo Caesar, Anthony Means, Jimmy Dupree, Michael Buffer, Marty Denkin
Studio Lionsgate
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Neuromancer on September 5, 2009
Format: DVD
This film may not be everyone's cup-of-tea, but I highly reccomend it. Sure, its dark and painful but it also shows a moment of light coming to a broken soul. Mickey Rourke's performance is incredibly risky and unusual. He plays an aging alcoholic, possibly brain damaged boxer who's practically mute. Rourke wrote the screen play (under the name, Eddie Cook) but the lead character he portrays has probably no more than a page of dialogue - he's able to deliver a heartbreaking perfomance almost solely through his incredible physical presence. This is the performance that Bob Dylan raved about in his book "Chronicles" and although it ended up being nothing like what I imagined, it is so profoundly moving and poetic that its continued to haunt me. I found it even better on the second viewing. Like, "The Wrestler" it draws certain elements from Rourke's life (in this case, his childhood) but its also quite different in how it achieves its effect. If one expects to see the Rourke charm as displayed in "The Pope Of Greenwich Village" or even in "The Wrestler" one may be disappointed. "Homeboy" is about a character almost totally cut off from the world. I've heard people say its filled with boxing cliches but the reality is that it takes those cliches and turns them on their head. There's no struggle for respect or redemption with cheering crowds and triumphant music. This film is like a blues and thats one reason that Eric Clapton's soulful score works so well. Another great performance by Mickey Rourke.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Simon Stratton on November 10, 2006
Format: VHS Tape
I have had this movie on VHS for some years now and of course the quality is getting worse and worse!

I wonder why this movie never got the credit it should have gotten.

I love the story, I love the acting, I love the look of the film, I love the plot and it truly deserves to be release on DVD!

DON'T LET THIS MOVIE BE LOST FOREVER!

(but I also don't want to buy this movie over and over on VHS because of the fading quality of the tape!)
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 25, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
I would rank "Homeboy" along with "Body & Soul" (starring John Garfield),"Rocky" (the first one), "Raging Bull" and "Peniteniary" as one of the best boxing films ever made. A very moody, dark film that is well acted and directed. Mickey Rourke is at the top of his game in this one.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 20, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This is a great CD! This collection of themes from the Mickey Rourke film "Homeboy" has no Clapton vocals, but some of his best film music work, in my opinion. The "Ruby" themes are beautiful acoustic guitar work and then Clapton and bassist Nathan East do an electric "Dixie" that is reminiscent of the famous Jimi Hendrix "Star Spangled Banner"... A definite "must have" for those who appreciate Clapton's work.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bud Gonzalez on February 1, 2009
Format: VHS Tape
A quote from Bob Dylan about Mickey Rourke in Homeboy, "He could break your heart with a look. The movie traveled to the moon every time he came onto the screen. Nobody could hold a candle to him. He was just there, didn't have to say hello or goodbye."

An amazing performance by Mickey Rourke. I hope this is turned into a DVD.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By John O'Brien on June 18, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
In his portrayal of a journeyman pugilist in Homeboy, Mickey Rourke approaches perfection as a character actor. His implementation of subtle affectation (slurred speech, shuffling gate, slight facial contortion) coupled with an exceptional script result in a perfect rendering of the over-damaged boxer, Johnny Walker. The film follows Walker's misguided and abortive return to boxing, and the two characters he slowly gravitates towards...his affable but exploitative manager, expertly played by Christopher Walken, and the unassuming and subtly beautiful carnival worker who becomes his romantic interest played by Debra Feuer.
The boxing sequences in the film are exquisitely realistic, and are a notable contrast to the 120 punches/round with 90% connection type that litter the average boxing film. Rourke's experience as a four-round light-heavyweight is invaluable here, as the natural rhythms of an experienced boxer are expertly captured without the amateurishness that non-boxing actors invariably display. The film transcends the boxing movie genre by providing truly engrossing character studies in concert with the action sequences. Walken's anti-hero character is a compelling fusion of conflicting components. Feuer's solitary character slowly becomes more accessible and identifiable as the film progresses. Her relationship with Johnny is especially notable in its tangible sincerity and its contrasting lack of the usual carnal component.
The ensemble cast is superb, especially Ruben Blades as a back alley physician. Clapton's score is excellent. Michael Seresin captures the gritty Blue Horizon-type boxing atmosphere admirably. The film is absolutely without equal in its genre.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 19, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Eric Clapton's music fit the film scenes for Homeboy perfectly! The film is dark and moody, yet ends with hope - just like Clapton's particular compositions for certain key scenes. Rent the film and you'll fall in love with this CD even more so!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eric Sanberg on May 5, 2012
Format: DVD
Other reviewers have referred to this as a boxing movie. Though boxing is a large part of it, I would consider it more of a character study.

Here's the scoop. Mickey Rourke is Johnny Walker, a punch drunk club boxer who heads to Atlantic City to pick up a couple of fights. Chris Walken, a small time hood on parole, takes an interest in Johnny and thinks they can do good things together. Johnny takes a liking to a young lady who owns a broken down carnival. Can these people find what they're looking for?

These are some interesting characters. One could consider Rourke an innocent. He can't talk to women. He doesn't know what a Jew is. He acts out impulsively. He's like a little kid, but he hopes to win a big fight. Walken thinks he's bigger than he is. He dresses garishly. Has a crappy singing act he performs in a strip club. But he wants bigger and better things and wants to make a big score. The young girl just wants to return the carnival to it's former glory and see it as she remembered it as a kid. This is a bleak existence set in an ugly town. It shows the boxing game as brutal and uncaring. Most of the people involved are bottom feeders using humans as ash trays.

It's directed and acted well. Rourke is very good and has very few lines. It's all in his look and body language. This was not an easy role to pull off. Walken is....well....Walken. I like him but you've seen this before. The other characters do a stand-up job. Many have noted the music score by Eric Clapton and Mark Kamen. It is outstanding. It just fits right in. Some might question the ending. There's much to question, but I can't say I didn't like it.

I don't want to say this is a great movie. It's a very singular vision. But it's well worth seeing.
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