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


(crowd cheering)



In this corner, Roberto Durn.

(crowd cheering, booing)

And in this corner,

Benny Huertas.

(crowd cheering)

(bell dings)


Ring sense is an art.

A gift from God

that ows out of a fighter

like a painting

ows out of an artist.

You're either blessed with it

from the day you're born...

...or you're cursed without it

till you die.

In 66 seconds,

Roberto Durn changed my life.

(man shouting in Spanish)

(bell dinging)

(crowd cheering)

(man shouting in Spanish)


This is his

22nd knockout in 25 fights.

You can make him a champ.

I know it.

Well, I don't think

you need me, Carlos.

L-- the kid's got it all.

But he's wild.


You know,

he can't make this road

towards a world championship

by himself.

He grew up in the streets.

Fought everything, everybody.

Hates everything,

including the United States

of America.

Including the United States?

His father was an American

who abandoned his mother.

You can help him, Ray.

Listen, I want to train

the kid, I just...

I-I don't want... you know...

It's not easy.

I don't want to stir things up.

What, that thing

with the wiseguys?

That was 17 years ago.

- Well, you think

they still care? -Yeah, yeah.

I can pay you under the table.

Ah, they know all the tricks.

The only thing

I can think of is...

I'd have to train him for free.

That's not a bad idea.

-(door opens)




Thirty-one flavors and I got them all!

I got somebody

very, very important

that I want you to meet.

The best trainer

in the history of boxing.

Ray Arcel.

He has trained

more world champs

than anyone else

in boxing history.

Relax. Don't look at me like that.

Where are you?

I told you I would bring you

to the Madison Square Garden.

Have I ever said anything

that didn't happen?

This man can make you world champ.

I don't need nobody

from America.

I know.

I got to go.

Hey, Ray, Ray, Ray, Ray-


It's good to see you, Carlos,

after all these years.

We'll talk soon.

Thanks, Ray.



What's wrong with you guys?

That's Ray Arcel

Ray Arcel-- 18 championships

of the world.

Plomo Quifiones...


Now you got two trainers.

You got Panama. Our Panama.

And you got the man who knows...

You really have balls, Eleta.

I'm trying to make you world champ.

You don't wanna be world champ?

You gonna eat all that sh*t?

Of course! I bought it!

(crowd chanting, clamoring)

(chanting continues)


Since 1903, the Canal Zone

was a U.S.-controlled territory

right in the heart of Panama.

And the rockets'

red glare...

By 1964, tension

was at an all-time high

as Panamanian students clashed

with the U.S. military over

the right to fly their ag

in their own land.

Viva Panama!

(shouting) Panama!

CROWD (chanting):

Panama! Panama!


(crowd gasping)

(shouting, clamoring)

AMERICANS (chanting):


(crowd clamoring)

(rapid gunfire)

(birds cawing)



Run! Run!

Get out there and swim!

Swim for your life!

(crowd shouting, clamoring)

The conict

would last for three days,

and when it was done,

22 Panamanians

and four U.S. citizens

were dead.

Mom, got food!

Gun shots, Roberto, hide down here!


What are you doing down there, you crazy?



Did you steal that?

Mom, you know me, I don't need to steal.

Where did you find that?

I got paid for my work.

Thanks, son.

Durn had

several teachers in his life.

One of the most important

was Chaflan.

(Speaking Spanish)

He was like the Pied Piper

of the neighborhood

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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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