Paradise Alley (1978)

Paradise Alley


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Cosmo Carboni (Sylvester Stallone) and his brothers Lenny (Armand Assanted) and Victor (Lee Canalito) live and work in a poor section of New York City known as "Hell's Kitchen" in the 1940s. Cosmo, particularly, sees that they need to get out of this depressing situation. When he sees an illegal wrestling match, he realizes that his younger brother Victor could have beat the champion handily -- and that a lot of money is being passed around. With some effort he persuades the kind-hearted boy to … More

Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Sylvester Stallone
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 1, 2005
Universal Pictures


as Cosmo Carboni

as Victor

as Stitch

as Big Glory

as Annie

as Franky the Thumper

as Bunchie

as Susan Chow

as Mumbles

as Doorman

as Mickey, the Bartende...

as Paradise Alley Hooke...

as Paradise Alley Barte...

as Bar Room Hooker

as Bar Room Hooker

as Paradise Alley Bum

as Mr. Giambelli

as Fat Lady

as Wrestler

as Store Owner

as Wrestler

as Skinny the Hand

as Wrestler

as Wrestler

as Wrestler

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


This is one of those love/hate movies. I just wanted to see Stallone kick some ass and not some big muscle head who has no brain. Don't waste your time with this movie, it's really not good. If you want to see some good Stallone, watch Rocky.

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