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R | | Action, Drama, Sport | 12 May 2017 (UK)
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Former youth boxing champion Jimmy McCabe, after hitting rock bottom, returns to his childhood boxing club and his old team, gym owner Bill and corner-man Eddie.

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Thomas Napper

Writer:

Johnny Harris
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Ian McShane ... Joe Padgett
Ray Winstone ... William Carney
Michael Smiley ... Eddie
Johnny Harris ... Jimmy McCabe
Anna Wilson-Hall Anna Wilson-Hall ... Mary
Luke J I Smith ... Damian (as Luke J.I. Smith)
Haqi Ali Haqi Ali ... Passerby
Kirstie Shannon Kirstie Shannon ... Boxing Ring Spectator
Jon Pegg Jon Pegg ... Jimmy's Cornerman
Ernest Vernon Ernest Vernon ... Funeral Mourner
Katie Mckernan Katie Mckernan ... Boxing supporter
James Cartwright James Cartwright ... Boxing Ring Spectator
David Cronin David Cronin ... Funeral mourner
Lee Latham Lee Latham ... Boxing Ring Spectator
Neil Bradley Neil Bradley ... Newcomer Michael
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Storyline

A former youth boxing champion, Jimmy McCabe (Johnny Harris), is a man in search of hope but looking in all the wrong places. When he hits rock bottom he turns to his childhood boxing club and the only family he has left: gym owner Bill corner man Eddie and promoter Joe. Back in training, years after anyone thought he was a contender, he risks his life, as he tries to stand tall and regain his place in the world. Written by Front Row Filmed Entertainment

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alcoholic | boxing | See All (2) »

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Sometimes the hardest fight is with yourself

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Action | Drama | Sport

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Rated R for language throughout | See all certifications »
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UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 May 2017 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Ballad of Jimmy McCabe See more »

Filming Locations:

Stoke on Trent, England, UK See more »

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$33,919
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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Johnny Harris started acting at his local Union Street Theatre; this gives its name to the fictional Union Street Boxing club. See more »

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Featured in Good Morning Britain: Episode dated 9 May 2017 (2017) See more »

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The Ballad Of Jimmy McCabe
Written and performed by Paul Weller
(p) 2017 Solid Bond Productions Limited under exclusive license to Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group company
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The Anti-Rocky, and a Heck of a film
10 June 2017 | by A_Different_DrummerSee all my reviews

Take everything you thought you knew about boxing movies ... and forget it.

Instead of a movie about someone looking to break into the sport, here is a movie about someone looking to break into Life, having wasted most of theirs. And boxing is all he knows.

It is a testament to the skill of the writer and director that, by the time the big fight arrives, you the audience don't have a clue how it will turn out. That by itself is an accomplishment.

Speaking of accomplishments, Harris hands us one of the most amazing performances I have ever seen. To re-use a tired cliché, he literally delivers most of his dialog in this film with his eyes.

And Winstone may possibly have delivered one of the most subtle and nuanced performances of his career, and makes max use of every second of screen time.

You could possibly say it is a modern update of Requiem for a Heavyweight (1962). Or you could simply call it what it is -- an extraordinary movie.

Recommended? Hell, yes.


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