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
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111 min

(crowd clamoring, cheering)

(Speaking Spanish)


Stand up you coward!



Turn around.

Hey, psst.


What's your name?

Did the mice eat your tongue?

You're not going to give me your name?


You speak English?

You speak Spanish?


You are kidding me, right?

Your name is happiness?

Let me guess. It's what you've

been looking for all your life?

The poor are born happy.

Only the rich know sadness.

And you still leave?

Come here!

Where are you taking me?

It's okay, I don't bite.

You are nuts.

Marry me!

I don't even know you!


We'll get the rest

of our lives to know each other.

You are really crazy.

Crazy for you.

I can't change who I am.

Then you need to forget about me.

You're going to leave me here?

You're the one who won't forget me!

You'll be drawing hearts in your notebook.

You are done, you turned...

And you fell in love.

You're crazy!

What's up? What's that spaceship?

Jeez. he's intense!

This is Carlos Eleta,

the richest man in Panama.

I've been looking for you for an hour!

Stop screaming in front of everyone.

I wanted to meet you.

I hear you are unbeatable.

When you fight clowns it's easy to win.

You wanna be world champ? I can help you.

(Plomo mouthing)


You speak English?

He's looking.

Yes, I speak English.

Gonna take you to Madison Square Garden.

Let's go right away.

This is your plane?

- Vamos, vamos, vamos.

-Robert, Robert, Robert,

Robert, Robert,


Don't look, don't look.


In the early '50s, I wanted

to take boxing

to every town in America,

but the New York City wiseguys

were not happy about that.

Boxing is

a New York City sport,

and that it's gonna remain.

But this national television

tour of yours

is taking the spotlight

off of the Garden.

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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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