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Audiences who missed Jake Gyllenhaal’s “Southpaw” when it was released in July are in luck. The Weinstein Company is re-releasing the boxing drama in 300 theaters today, hoping to give Gyllenhaal’s acclaimed performance an added boost in the Oscar race.
In a statement, The Weinstein Company’s Erik Lomis, President of Theatrical Distribution & Home Entertainment, said the re-release will “give more serious-minded audiences who may have missed it the first time around a chance to see a film that we feel is a very serious contender.”
Directed by Antoine Fuqua (“Training Day”) and co-written by Kurt Sutter (“Sons of Anarchy”), “Southpaw” stars Gyllenhaal as Billy “The Great” Hope, Junior Middleweight Boxing Champion of the World. When a family tragedy strikes and he loses custody of his daughter, Billy enters the battle of his life as he struggles to become a contender once again and win back those he loves.
Forest Whitaker, Rachel McAdams, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Rita Ora, Naomie Harris and Victor Ortiz also star.