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Paradise Alley (1978)

Paradise Alley





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Film auteur Sylvester Stallone wrote, directed, and stars in this re-working of Rocky to fit an old-fashioned Hollywood formula, depicting three brothers from New York's Hell's Kitchen of the 1940s who want to claw their way out of poverty. Lee Canalito is the muscle-brained iceman Victor, and Armand Assante is the embittered, crippled war veteran Lenny. But the smooth-talking con man brother Cosmo (Sylvester Stallone), sees beef-cake Victor's fists as their ticket out of the slums. Cosmo, ever the manipulator, convinces the dull-witted Victor to participate in a series of bone-crunching wrestling matches as Kid Salami. Cosmo and Lenny exploit Victor's brute strength to grab the fast money on the wrestling circuit. But their climb to success is halted when the local gangster Stitch (Kevin Conway) puts up his malicious and dangerous wrestler Frankie the Thumper (Terry Funk) to fight against Kid Salami in a 22-round meat-pounder.more
Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Sylvester Stallone
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 1, 2005
Universal Pictures


Sylvester Stallone
as Cosmo Carboni
Frank McRae
as Big Glory
Terry Funk
as Franky the Thumper
Aimee Eccles
as Susan Chow
Tom Waits
as Mumbles
Chick Casey
as Doorman
Fredi O. Gordon
as Paradise Alley Hooke...
James J. Casino
as Paradise Alley Barte...
Lydia Goya
as Bar Room Hooker
Patricia Spann
as Bar Room Hooker
Michael Jeffers
as Paradise Alley Bum
Max Leavitt
as Mr. Giambelli
Polli Magaro
as Fat Lady
John Monks Jr.
as Mickey, the Bartend...
Ted di Biase
as Wrestler
Leo Nanas
as Store Owner
Dick Murdoch
as Wrestler
Frank Pesce
as Skinny the Hand
Ray Stevens
as Wrestler
Jay York
as Wrestler
John Zenda
as Wrestler
Jeff Wald
as Sticky
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Critic Reviews for Paradise Alley

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Equal parts unintentionally hilarious, unbearably earnest, and shamelessly derivative.

Full Review… | May 10, 2005

January 9, 2007
Atlantic City Weekly

July 28, 2005
Fantastica Daily

Audience Reviews for Paradise Alley

Good Sly film. :) I still love Rocky the most though. :)

Cassie Hill

Super Reviewer


You've gotta love the lunk, another fight show with a big heart, one-man show as Stallone wrote, directed, acted, and sang the theme song in his first followup to Rocky. This time the story's based around three Italian brothers and their attempts to make money out of the youngest's wrestling ability. With Terry Funk (champion westler, see Beyond The Mat for more details) and Tom Waits in his film debut as the piano-playing no typecasting there then.
Surprisingly enjoyable, especially If you like 70's films in general, Rocky in particular or wrestling in the rain.

Lesley N

Super Reviewer


I ain't nobody's fart catcher.

Three Italian brothers are surviving by any means necessary in Hell's Kitchen. One brother survives through brute strength, one by being a con artist, and one as an underground physician. The brothers work together to try and build up the strong brother's confidence to win a wrestling match and take down a rival.

"It's my monkey, grease-ball."
"It may look like you, but it doesn't belong to you."

Sylvester Stallone, director of Rocky II, III, IV; Rambo; Rocky Balboa; Staying Alive; Expendables; and the upcoming Rambo: The Last Blood, delivers Paradise Alley. The storyline for this had a great beginning but then trails off when it focuses on the wrestling match over the family in the slums storyline. The acting was okay and the cast includes Stallone, Anne Archer, Lee Canalito, Armand Assante, Kevin Conway, and Tom Waits.

"You fishing for a compliment or something."
"I'll mail it to you."

I grabbed this off Netflix since I never heard of it as I enjoy most Stallone pictures. The bar setting was very cool and well done and the script was pretty clever; but unfortunately, this takes a Meatballs direction. I wish they stuck to the bar setting and plot, a little like Bar Fly. Overall, this could have been a good film but falls short.

"A flying rat!"

Grade: D

Kevin Robbins

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