Genre: Documentary, Sports
Cast: Roberto Duran, Sugar Ray Leonard, Sylvester Stallone, Robert De Niro, Mike Tyson, Lennox Lewis, Ricky Hatton and more
Directed by: Mat Hodgson
Running time: 1hr 30min
Directed by Mat Hodgson, I AM DURAN is the perfect documentary for boxing fans and/or historians with a palate for sports documentaries full of huge athletes, entertainment, politics and journalism.
Following the life and career of one of the greatest boxers of all time, Panamanian born Roberto Duran was a great man who transcended his sport, took on the world and helped inspire his home nation.
Roberto Duran was a true boxing champion whose career spanned five epic decades as a fighter and is considered one of the finest, most entertaining and controversial of all time.
What is ‘I AM DURN’ about?
Duran tells the story of his career from the very beginning. Starting with the roots of a poor boy whose father abandoned him at the age of five, Duran chose boxing to help him overcome the poverty he was born into. To help his mother and family who were in desperate need of money, Roberto Duran went out and shined shoes to earn instead of attending school.
The documentary covers how boxing allowed Duran to find his identity and self worth though his extraordinary accomplishments as an athlete. Alongside Durans upbringing and career, the political history of Panama is woven into and crucial his story.
The transition of power from one General Omar Torrijos Herrera to General Emmanuel Noriega demonstrates social and political unrest in Panama and shows as Duran rose and fell, so did his beloved Panama. An impactful tale of how his country was brought to its knees as a pawn in violent regional and international politics and how Duran gave Panama a hero, a voice, an identity.Embed from Getty Images
Who is the cast?
The cast is star studded with different perspectives on Duran’s historic fights with Sugar Ray Leonard, Marvin Hagler, Thomas Hearns, Davey Moore, and Iran Barkley. As well as commentary from boxing and promoter greats like Mike Tyson and Don King, the documentary hears the story from Duran’s wife and son. All these accounts gives a rounded, in depth insight into Duran as a fighter, and as a man.
The story of four-time world champion Panamanian boxer Roberto Durán is a must watch. Especially for boxing fans who might not be aware of what Duran was up to in the 1970’s and 1980’s. The documentary puts fans and viewers in the corner of one of the greatest pound-for-pound fighters ever and show how one of the most gifted fighters in boxing history used his “Hands of Stone” to become a national hero and beloved son of Panama.
Roberto Duran was born a fighter, the ring transformed him to and icon. I AM DURAN tell his tale.