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Homeboy (1988)

A simple self-destructive drifter and tough small-time boxer with a brain injury that could kill him meets and falls for a cute beach carnival owner, Ruby, but also befriends a sleazy friendly criminal, Wesley, who's planing a big score.

Director:

Michael Seresin

Writer:

Mickey Rourke (as Eddie Cook)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mickey Rourke ... Johnny Walker
Christopher Walken ... Wesley Pendergass
Debra Feuer ... Ruby
Thomas Quinn Thomas Quinn ... Lou
Kevin Conway ... Grazziano
Antony Alda Antony Alda ... Ray
Jon Polito ... Moe Fingers
Bill Slayton Bill Slayton ... Bill
David Albert Taylor David Albert Taylor ... Cannonball (as David Taylor)
Joseph Ragno ... Cotten's Trainer
Matthew Lewis Matthew Lewis ... Cotten
Willy DeVille ... Moe's Bodyguard
Rubén Blades ... Doctor
Sam Gray Sam Gray ... Barber
Dondre Whitfield ... Billy Harrison
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Storyline

Johnny Walker is a cowboy and a boxer. He is very shy and a bit of a fool. He is in love with Ruby, but he cannot tell her. He is also a bit old to keep on boxing, but its the only thing he does well. Written by Michel Rudoy <mdrc@hp9000a1.uam.mx>

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Crime | Drama | Romance | Sport

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Rated R for strong language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 September 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Asbury Park, New Jersey, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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Trivia

"Homeboy" and Mickey Rourke's performance was credited by Bob Dylan in "Chronicles Vol 1" as his inspiration for recording the last two songs on the 1989 album, "Oh Mercy". See more »

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Referenced in Rewind This! (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

I Want to Love You Baby
Performed by Peggy Scott and Jo Jo Benson
Courtesy of Charly Records International A.P.S.
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A great boxing film with emotion that rivals that of Raging Bull's.
2 December 2005 | by gareth_mathias88-1See all my reviews

Homeboy is a fantastic film. Not only is it one of my favourite boxing films, it is also one of my favourite films in general. It is about Johnny Walker, a down-and out boxer who has just recently moved into a sea-side resort. Upon arriving, he falls in love with Ruby, a carnival owner who shares a lot in common with Johnny, who it appears Johnny is fighting for.

Johnny, who is played by Mickey Rourke, also befriends Wesley Pendergrass (Christopher Walken). Wesley and Johnny form a strong friendship, and it's Rourke's idolisation of Wesley that intriges me. Wesley wants to use Johnny, and half-way through the film he asks Johnny for a favour. Johnny has to choose between the love of Ruby (Debra Feuer)or the friendship of Wesley.

Rourke and Walken give excellent performances and Debra Feur gives quite an exceptional performances as well. The music, by Eric Clapton, provides the film with deep emotion.

People have slated this film and I really cannot see why. I give this film 10/10.


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