Robert De Niro Boxing Movie ‘Hands of Stone’ Set for August Release

Robert De Niro Boxing Movie 'Hands

The Weinstein Company has set an Aug. 26 opening date for the U.S. release of “Hands of Stone,” starring Edgar Ramirez as boxer Roberto Duran and Robert De Niro as trainer Ray Arcel.

TWC picked up domestic rights in May at the Cannes Film Festival with the agreement to release the biopic on at least 2,000 screens.

Written and directed by Jonathan Jakubowicz, the movie follows the life story of  Duran, who rose from the slums of Panama to become one of the great fighters of his time. His rivalry with Sugar Ray Leonard (portrayed by Usher in the film) is considered one of the fiercest in boxing history.

Duran was nicknamed “hands of stone” because of his punching power. He won 103 of his 119 fights between 1968 and 2002, when he retired at the age of 50.

Ellen Barkin, John Turturro and Ana de Armas also star. “Hands of Stone” is produced by Jay Weisleder, Carlos Garcia de Paredes, Claudine Jakubowicz and Jonathan Jakubowicz.

“Hands of Stone” opens against Open Road’s “Max Steel,” Lionsgate’s “Mechanic: Resurrection” and Sony’s Fede Alvarez/Sam Raimi untitled horror movie.

TWC also dated John Carney’s music-comedy “Sing Street” for a limited launch on April 15. Carney, the director of 2007’s “Once” and “Begin Again,” directed a story of 1980s Dublin seen through the eyes of a 14-year-old boy (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo) who invites a teenage girl (Lucy Boynton) to star in his band’s music videos, without being part of a band yet.

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  1. Stephen Price says:

    Fantastic article about Duran ! There was a whole lot more to him than that “no mas” fight. Leave it to Robert De Niro to bring us something great like this!

    • Good!!! You are on the right track. I saw all the fights about and beyond. The ERA was filled w/ them: EX. Ali, Frazier, Foreman, Rocky Marciano, etc., etc. etc. P.S. They were FREE at the time (at least most of them) Oh yea; The Hit Man – Tommy Hearns

    • I’d like to see a movie trailer of the Roberto Duran/Sugar Ray Leonard movie very soon to be shown, with Robert De Niro as one of the leading Actors I’m 62 years old and saw the fight LIVE on the screen (TV u Idiots)(Ha, Ha). If you could use some expertise in this matter (opinion), or WHATEVER!!! I just might help by the Thrill Of The Moment experience. Just seeing the fight was like watching the 2016 Rio De Janeiro Olympics. In my opinion, the Whole World Won GOLD!!!

      Thank You,
      Santiago Ortiz Jr. Santaella
      Rio Grande, Puerto Rico.

  2. Bill B. says:

    Hmmm. This sounds slightly familiar.

  3. Robert Craig says:

    What about the greatest boxer of the time whom Roberto cheated (with low blows) to win his fight against him, MR KEN BUCHANAN M.B.E. UNDISPUTED Lightweight champion of the WORLD.

    • Really don’t know exactly what you’re talking about but after the pppppoooouuunnndddiiinnnggg pounding this guys took, for 15 ROUNDS, WOW, please re-phrase to understand. In SPANISH they call this BOCHINCHE or translated GOSSIP!!! Just like today’s fast computer age in the palm of your hands “PROVE IT”.

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