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Director: Lee Daniels

Cast: Cuba Gooding Jr., Helen Mirren, Vanessa Ferlito

A late-career change of heart leads to a dangerous life on the run for two seasoned assassins whose complex relationship masks a dark past in director Lee Daniels' pulpy film noir. When Mickey (Cuba Gooding Jr.) was just a child, his abusive father savagely murdered the young boy's mother shortly before


A late-career change of heart leads to a dangerous life on the run for two seasoned assassins whose complex relationship masks a dark past in director Lee Daniels' pulpy film noir. When Mickey (Cuba Gooding Jr.) was just a child, his abusive father savagely murdered the young boy's mother shortly before being gunned down by Rose (Helen Mirren), Mickey's stepmother. Twenty years later, Mickey and Rose are not only working together as hired killers, but they have grown to become lovers as well. When Rose discovers she is dying of terminal cancer and becomes addicted to morphine, her conscience soon prompts her to reevaluate her murderous ways. Assigned the task of taking out Vickie (Vanessa Ferlito), the wife of local crime boss Clayton (Stephen Dorff), Mickey and Rose are unable to complete their mission upon discovering that Vickie is pregnant. With the tragedy of the past threatening to lock Mickey, Rose, and their reluctant charge into a tragic cycle of death and deceit, the reluctant killers attempt to make amends for their violent past by protecting Vickie's unborn child and allowing Rose one last chance at redemption.

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Special Features

Commentary from Lee Daniels and Cuba Gooding, Jr.; The making of Shadowboxer

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Cuba Gooding Mikey
Helen Mirren Rose
Vanessa Ferlito Vickie
Macy Gray Neisha
Joseph Gordon-Levitt Dr. Don
Mo'Nique Precious
Stephen Dorff Clayton
Ryan Sands Ramone

Technical Credits
Lee Daniels Director,Producer,Screenwriter
A.J. Azzarto Musical Direction/Supervision
Kerry Barden Casting
William Chang Editor
Benjamin Cheah Sound/Sound Designer
Lisa Cortes Producer
Leah Daniels-Butler Casting
Damon Dash Producer
Thomas Fatone Associate Producer,Asst. Director
Tim Galvin Art Director
Mario Grigorov Score Composer
Valerie Hoffman Co-producer
Billy Hopkins Casting
Brian A. Kates Editor
Dawn Lenfest Executive Producer
Brook Lenfest Producer
Chase Lensfest Associate Producer
Blake Leyh Sound/Sound Designer
William Lipz Screenwriter
M. David Mullen Cinematographer
Doreen S. Oliver-Akinnuoye Associate Producer
David C. Robinson Producer
Dave Robinson Producer
Will Rokos Screenwriter
Steve Saklad Production Designer
Andrew Sforzini Consultant/advisor
Simone Sheffield Co-producer
Suzanne Smith Casting
William Chang Suk-Ping Editor
Tucker Tooley Executive Producer
Thomas G. Varga Sound/Sound Designer
Teresa Binder-Westby Costumes/Costume Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Shadow Boxer
1. The Hit [15:12]
2. Rose Finds Vickie [12:06]
3. The Houseguests [8:51]
4. Mikey Meets Neisha [4:58]
5. The Perfect House [1:57]
6. Family [7:35]
7. Late Night Call [5:51]
8. Goodbye Rose [6:01]
9. Still [6:56]
10. Things Change [8:14]
11. Double Cross [10:03]
12. Credits [5:20]


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Shadowboxer 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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This movie is definitely not for the faint of heart. It contains a great deal of graphic violence and sex and it’s not as bad as it seems. However, the scenes are shot wonderfully and the acting on here might surprise you. It is over-the-top and surreal and yes more than a bit mad which turned out to be an interesting film. In here we have a contract killer by the name of Rose (Helen Mirren) who is diagnosed with cancer she elects to continue with her work, aided by her stepson/lover Mikey (Cuba Gooding Jr.). When on a routine assignment, Rose balks at killing the pregnant wife (Vanessa Ferlito) of a gangster (Stephen Dorff), instead hiding her away as the three raise the child in seclusion. As the years pass, the frosty and distant Mikey becomes a father figure to the child, which endangers his life and profession when his past comes looking for revenge. The way “Shadowboxer” moves, you can understand that it’s a film that wants to set itself apart from the routine hit man cinema agenda. Director Lee Daniels is hunting for anything that will stand out to the audience, so he goes to a very unexpected place: sex. I had great time watching this film and thought that Helen Mirren, Gordon Levitt Hewitt along with Cuba Gooding Jr. were amazing. I really have to hand it to Cuba Gooding Jr. because he turned his character into a solid performance and delivered his role strongly, silently, and a subtle way. Few people will ever get to see the commitment he made to this part, but I saw it and salute him. He's been down on his luck, and I hope he starts to draw better hands into these types of films because comedy doesn’t suite him. The only real negative is that the dialogue because it isn’t very original or punchy. Gooding almost never speaks, and the women are given rather mundane verbal work. It takes a great director to pull off what could be a creepy relationship between a mother and son an turn it into a tender love story. The films somber overtone does not slow the action down in he slightest but you can obviously see that it had room for improvement. Stephen Dorff character was one piece of work and is a completely unbelievable one-dimensional villain, but the film works for me, despite or because of those elements. As the Times pointed out, the extravagant action may impress you or make you laugh, but it won't bore you, and it's difficult to predict. Plus, for all you Macy Gray fans, it is always good to see her on screen as she adds a bit of levity to this dramatic tale. Furthermore the film's emotional manipulation is powerful and skillful enough to generate the responses it hopes for. This is the first film for director Lee Daniels, but he shows complete command of the material, and has no problem shifting from family drama to outrageous black comedy to lurid sex and violence. His musical selections include such diverse elements as tangos, waltzes, hip-hop, and romantic faux-classical. His sets are opulent and gaudy. His production values are lush, and his shooting locations are chosen with an eye to the off-kilter. And the man's love for Philadelphia and its 'burbs is evident in every frame. “Shadowboxer” is a great start for director Lee Daniels.
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