• Tagline: Believe In Hope
• Director: Antoine Fuqua
• Writers: Kurt Sutter
• Release Date: 24 July 2015 (USA)
• MPAA Rating: R
• Parents Guide: View content advisory for parents
• Genre: Drama
• Runtime: 124 min
• Box Office #s: Here

Boxer Billy Hope turns to trainer Tick Wills to help him get his life back on track after losing his wife in a tragic accident and his daughter to child protection services.

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Cast Highlights

• Rachel McAdams … Maureen Hope
• Forest Whitaker … Titus ‘Tick’ Wills
• Naomie Harris … Angela Rivera
• 50 Cent … Jordan Mains


  • The film was originally considered as an unofficial follow-up to the movie 8 Mile (2002) with Eminem reprising his role. The script eventually evolved and that idea was scraped.
  • Lupita Nyong’o was cast as Angela Rivera but dropped out due to scheduling conflicts and Naomie Harris replaced her.
  • Jake Gyllenhaal went through an intense 2 hours a day of training 7 days a week. Training at Floyd Mayweather, Jr.’s Atlanta training center.
  • Kurt Sutter’s first film script.
  • Eminem made his second song for a soundtrack for a movie of Antoine Fuqua. The first was for The Equalizer (“Guts over Fear”)
  • Eminem was originally scouted for the role, which he accepted and started filming. The film had to be put on hold as Eminem wanted to focus on his music career, so the role was then given to Jake Gyllenhaal.
  • Eminem is doing one song for the movie, called Phenomenal. But he is executive producing the rest of the album.
  • The writing credits in early promotional material read “Story by Kurt Sutter. Screenplay by Sutter and Richard Wenk”. Sutter received sole “Written by” credit following an arbitration conducted by the Writers Guild of America.


Billy Hope: A fighter knows only one way to work.

Maureen Hope: Billy Hope knows how to take a punch, but he also drops bombs.

Tick Wills: Don’t let him take this from you. Don’t let him get into your head. You got one shot. Go southpaw. Go southpaw on his ass. You got to go out there and you… beat his ass!

Tick Wills: We start tomorrow.
Billy Hope: What, like training?
Tick Wills: No, baking cookies.

Tick Wills: God must have some kind of plan to teach me some kind of lesson. I just can’t figure out what it is.

Billy Hope: When I was twelve years old there was this little girl, she was skinny, she had ratty hair, she had been through it. She stuck with me when I was incarcerated a couple of times, and I knew she was there. I wouldn’t be here without my wife Maureen.

Tick Wills: These kids coming up in here I’m telling them a bunch of stuff this bullshit. “It’s gonna be alright”. You can control your destiny. You could control this you could control that”. You can’t control shit.

Billy Hope: I can handle the rules, man, I’ll handle the rules.
Tick Wills: No playing around, no being late. None of that.
Billy Hope: Yeah, fuck it, I’m in.
Tick Wills: No swearing. Did I tell you no swearing?

Tick Wills: Woah. Are you on drugs?
Tick Wills: Are you intoxicated?
Billy Hope: I’m good man. I’m-I’m straight.

Angela Rivera: You on any form of medication?
Billy Hope: I took some Advil. You’re gonna write that down?
Angela Rivera: Mmm-hmm.
Billy Hope: “He took some Advil. He can’t see his kid”?

Jordan Mains: Billy, you know if it makes money, it makes sense.

Maureen Hope: You want to go two rounds with me, champ? That’s very impressive.

Billy Hope: What are you trying to ask me?
Tick Wills: What happened?
Billy Hope: I don’t fucking… I just told you…
Tick Wills: What did you do?
Billy Hope: Why you keep asking me that question?
Tick Wills: What happened?
Billy Hope: I just told you what happened.
Tick Wills: Why?
Billy Hope: I can’t tell you why. What do you mean, why?
Tick Wills: Nevermind. You can’t even hear the question.

Tick Wills: You all right? How’s your eye?
Billy Hope: Yeah. How’s your eye?
Tick Wills: Now you’re being smart.
Billy Hope: No, seriously, what’s up with your eye? What is that?
Tick Wills: Evil blue-eyed devil just took it from me.
Billy Hope: You know, the thing with you is that, like, Sometimes one eye is like, cloudy, right? And the other one is, like, sunny. Like, cloudy, sunny, cloudy, sunny. Close one eye, it’s cloudy. Close the other eye is sunny.
Tick Wills: Buster Quigley was a nothing fighter. We were in the middle of a match, and I was crushing him, knocking him to the ground.Out of nowhere, he hit me. Bam. With a right hand. I went down, my eye went dark. Doc told me I could never fight again.

Billy Hope: I can’t lose my daughter. I’ll give you my everything.

Angela Rivera: But I’m asking you… because we’re about to see Leila… so I want to know what kind of shape you’re in.
Billy Hope: [Mocking laughter] I’m a fuckin’ mess!

Miguel ‘Magic’ Escobar: Your bitch isn’t here to save you now.

Jordan Mains: Every time i seen you fight , you climb in there alone Every time you bled , you bled your blood When you sat down on that stool and it felt like death and you thought you couldn’t get back up , but you got up ? You did that