Boasting a well-constructed screenplay, the sometimes declamatory PERCY AND THUNDER is gripping despite an occasional cliched interlude. Given two juicy roles, James Earl Jones and Courtney Vance headline a superb cast in what is essentially an African-American version of boxing-movie
classics like CHAMPION and BODY AND SOUL.
Perfecting his craft tirelessly, young boxer Thunder Carter (Courtney B. Vance) sets aside aspirations of a college education for the sheer love of the sport. Managed by a one-time contender, Percy Banks (James Earl Jones), Thunder skyrockets to professional acceptance but is stymied by the
corrupt dealings of small-time promoters like Jim...