Total Recall: The 20 Greatest Fights Scenes Ever
RT picks the 20 greatest fist fights of all time.
|14. Night and the City
Gregorius the Great vs. The Strangler
When Jules Dassin's classic noir Night and the City was first released, venerable New York Times scribe Bosley Crowther described it thusly: "If any more cruel, repulsive picture of human brutishness than this is ever screened, this writer has no desire to see it." He was referring to this, a savage wrestling match between an aging Greco-Roman master and a thuggish upstart. Two-bit hustler Harry Fabian (Richard Widmark) hopes to make a killing in the wrestling business, but his dreams slip away when two of the fighters duke it out behind closed doors out of mutual animosity. It's coldly, heartlessly rendered scene, so tense and bone-rattling that subsequent decades haven't dulled its impact.