First Glance: “Prizefighter: The Life of Jem Belcher”

Russell Crowe, Ray Winstone, and Matt Hookings shine in the new trailer for “Prizefighter: The Life of Jem Belcher”. While it explores the life of the bare-knuckle fighter and first ever world champion, the film is also about the birth of boxing itself. The British-American feature is directed by Daniel Graham from a script penned by the film’s star, Hookings. It’s had a rocky production, marred by infighting and money issues. But it was finally finished with Amazon Prime set to distribute.

The story takes place at the turn of the 19th century. Hookings plays the titular character while Winstone plays his trainer and father-figure Bill Warr. A burly Russell Crowe plays Belcher’s rough and tough grandfather. Belcher seems to follows in his grandfather’s shoes, making the same mistakes but also excelling as a fighter. The period costumes and production design looks great and having the always reliable Crowe and Winstone onboard really adds to the appeal.

“Prizefighter: The Life of Jem Belcher” hits Amazon Prime Video on July 22nd. Check out the trailer below and let me know if you’ll be seeing it or taking a pass.

7 thoughts on “First Glance: “Prizefighter: The Life of Jem Belcher”

    • I’m guessing it’s one of those that will be stuck on one particular streaming service. That’s one of the big bummers about this new streaming world. So many movies never make it to blu-ray.

  1. I saw a trailer for this. Looks interesting as I like seeing Crowe in a supporting role. I think he’s starting to enter a phase where he’s just doing different things and maybe show a side of himself where he is a funny guy and stops taking himself so seriously. I would like that.

    • I’ve always really liked Crowe both as a lead and a supporting role. I think he’s withdrawn a bit from movie-making and these smaller roles are probably what we will see going forward.

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