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Shadowboxer (2005)

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When an assassin is diagnosed with terminal cancer, she decides to carry out one final killing, assisted by her lover and stepson, Mikey.

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Lee Daniels

Writer:

Will Rokos
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cuba Gooding Jr. ... Mikey
Helen Mirren ... Rose
Vanessa Ferlito ... Vicki
Macy Gray ... Neisha
Joseph Gordon-Levitt ... Dr. Don
Mo'Nique ... Precious
Stephen Dorff ... Clayton Mayfield
Matt Higgins ... Eddie
Tom Pasch Tom Pasch ... Andrew
Ryan Eric Speise Ryan Eric Speise ... Anthony - Age 3
Cullen Clancy Cullen Clancy ... Anthony - age 7
Marilyn Yoblick ... Real Estate Agent
Darnell Williams Darnell Williams ... Mikey's Father
Marvina Vinique Marvina Vinique ... Mikey's Mother (as Marvina Vinque)
John Panzarella John Panzarella ... Man in Hotel (as Johnny Panzarella)
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Storyline

Mikey and Rose are professional assassins. They are also lovers, and once upon a time Rose also knew Mikey's father. During an elaborate hit job for a malicious gangster, Rose fails to kill the main target, the gangster's pregnant girlfriend. Instead, she delivers her baby and convinces Mikey to help her protect them both. As Rose weakens from cancer, Mikey becomes breadwinner for this unusual family. But tranquility will not last. Written by Peter Brandt Nielsen

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Feeling Protected Is Very Seductive


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Rated R for strong graphic violence and sexuality, nudity, language and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 July 2006 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

The Contract See more »

Filming Locations:

Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$103,238, 23 July 2006

Gross USA:

$370,627

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$519,802
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

LL Cool J and Yasiin Bey were considered for the role of Mickey. See more »

Goofs

When Dr. Don examines the bodyguard, the bullet hole is straight down through his foot. However, that would be impossible from the distance Clayton shot him. See more »

Quotes

[after shooting two people]
Clayton: Eddie, what'd I tell you about talking when I'm fucking, huh?
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In Memory of My Uncle Reggie (1942-2005) See more »

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Features Valley of the Dolls (1967) See more »

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Essentially Yours
Performed by Encore
Written by Shaya Bekele & Jake Dutton
Published by Souls of Mischief Music (BMI) and White Van Music (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Heiro Emperium Recordings
By Arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group
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Mr. Black's Grade: B
5 October 2005 | by dvdguy2005See all my reviews

Shadowboxer Mr. Black's Grade: B Starring Cuba Gooding Jr. and Helen Mirren.

First-time director Lee Daniels, producer of two challenging projects, Monster's Ball and The Woodsman tries his hand behind the lens. Mirren plays a female assassin who is diagnosed with cancer, and decides to carry out a final killing assisted by Gooding.

Shadowboxer certainly is a dark film - think Prizzi's Honor but with a very different tone - but Helen Mirren handles this 'unique' relationship with tenderness and dignity. I thought the ending wasn't terribly suspenseful, and it should have been. I kept trying picture how a different, and more experienced director would handle it. A number of crew members were there for the Q/A, including the director. Heck, even a PA came in from Philly (you keener!) Wes Bentley was scheduled to co-star but dropped out.

His role was filled by Cuba Gooding Jr., who succeeded in erasing Snow Dogs from my memory. He is very good here, playing it straight and very cold. In the Q/A afterwards he talked about the differences between doing comedy and drama. He said that he is pursuing roles that allow humor to come from the actions of the character - like in this film - and not obvious comedy. He enjoyed the laughter that his character got from the crowd at the screening, when his character was reacting to situations within the plot and not 'trying' to be funny.


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