Paradise Alley (1978)
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as Cosmo Carboni
as Big Glory
as Franky the Thumper
as Susan Chow
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 Mickey, the Bartend...
as Store Owner
as Skinny the Hand
as Towel Boy
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Critic Reviews for Paradise Alley
Equal parts unintentionally hilarious, unbearably earnest, and shamelessly derivative.
Audience Reviews for Paradise Alley
Good Sly film. :) I still love Rocky the most though. :)
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 Mumbles...so no typecasting there then.
Surprisingly enjoyable, especially If you like 70's films in general, Rocky in particular or wrestling in the rain.
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!"
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