Hands of Stone

Synopsis: Follows the life of Roberto Duran, who made his professional debut in 1968 as a 16-year-old and retired in 2002 at age 50. In June 1980, he defeated Sugar Ray Leonard to capture the WBC welterweight title but shocked the boxing world by returning to his corner in the November rematch, saying 'no mas' (no more).
Director(s): Jonathan Jakubowicz
Production: Fuego Films
Rotten Tomatoes:
111 min

who taught the kids

how to survive.

(shouting in Spanish)

(children laughing)

(shouts in Spanish)

Mangoes for everyone!

Now everyone say thanks for the mangoes.

Thanks for the mangoes.

If it's mine it's yours.

And if it's ours it's yours.

Thank you.

Left, Left, Left, Right, Left.


Numero dos!

Numero tres!

Numero cuatro!


Uno, dos, tres, cuatro!

Run! We are late!

(all clamoring)

(indistinct chatter,


(shouting in Spanish)

("Te Estan Buscando"

by Rubn Blades playing)

(man shouting in Spanish)

Use yourjab. Don't lower your guard.


What's up, kid?

Would you train me?

Go to school. We are working here.

You gonna pay for school?

Just go, kid.

All good.

(crowd clamoring)

Shut up and box.

Boxing is fighting,

all you do is dance like my sisters.


Stand up you coward!

We are rich!

I didn't know you liked to fight!

You see? I'm gonna be world champ!

Then you gotta take me to NY.

Let's go eat!

Hide the money!

Give me that money, kid.

Give me the money.

I got no money.

He's just a kid!

(shouting in Spanish)

- Wassup, kid?

- Wassup.

- All good?

- Yes.

Clearly, all is great.

I can get you out.

But let me be clear...

If you are caught fighting or stealing...

I'll bring you back myself

and leave you here.

So you are gonna train me?

("Penas" by Ulpiano Vergara

y Lucho de Sedas playing)

(Speaking Spanish)

(crowd cheering)

They're not all gonna be this easy.


You need to get points.

(crowd clamoring)

There's technique...




(counting in Spanish)

(crowd cheering, clamoring)

You learning everything I tell you?

I learn anything you want...

as long as you get me an ice cream...

every time I kill one of those fuckers.

(Speaks Spanish)

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Jonathan Jakubowicz

Jonathan Jakubowicz is a Venezuelan filmmaker and writer, whose film Secuestro Express was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the British Independent Film Awards and was a New York Times "Critics' Pick" in 2005. He is Jewish of Polish descent. Secuestro Express became the nation's biggest box office hit of all time, which enraged then-President Hugo Chavez, whose government opened two trials against Jakubowicz, who was forced to leave Venezuela. His latest film, Hands of Stone (2016), is about the relationship between Panamanian boxer Roberto Durán (played by Édgar Ramírez) and his trainer Ray Arcel (played by Robert De Niro). Hands of Stone premiered in the Cannes Film Festival 2016 and was warmly received with a 15-minute standing ovation. It's the first Latin movie to have a simultaneous wide release in all of Latin America. Hands of Stone also landed Jakubowicz in political controversy when it was invited and then pulled from the official selection of the Havana Film Festival after Jakubowicz made comments denouncing censorship for Cuban filmmakers in the Island. In November 2016 Jakubowicz published his first novel Las Aventuras de Juan Planchard and it immediately became a best seller in the Spanish Language market. In Venezuela the book sparked unprecedented success, not only in the record breaking sales but also in the amount of public gatherings to read it. One community of fifty thousand people that define themselves as "resistance to the Maduro dictatorship (Resistencia Venezuela hasta los tuétanos)", read the book aloud every night on the encrypted frequency of the app Zello. The book is on its way to become the biggest Best Seller of all time for a Venezuelan author. And it was recently optioned by a Tony winning New York City Playwright in order to turn it into a Broadway Play. During the Cannes Film Festival in May 2017, Jakubowicz announced his next movie called "Resistance". Starring Jesse Eisemberg, the movie tells the true story of Marcel Marceau and his involvement in the French Resistance during WWII. The film will shoot in early 2018 and has Baptiste Marceau, the son of the legendary Mime, as Executive Producer. more…

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