Monkey on My Back (1957)

Monkey on My Back (1957)





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The painfully true story of welterweight boxing champion Barney Ross is detailed in Monkey on My Back. Cameron Mitchell stars as Ross, whose meteoric ring career is interrupted when he joins the Marines at the outset of WWII. A highly decorated hero, Ross contracts malaria oversees and is given morphine to assuage the pain. By the time he returns to the states, Ross is a confirmed drug addict. Before he can rise to the top again, he must hit rock bottom and his descent into the hell of narcotics dependency is graphically illustrated (so much so that the film was almost denied a Production Code seal). Though a cured Barney Ross served as technical advisor for Monkey on My Back, he ended up suing the producers for defamation of character -- and lost.
Classics , Drama
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Cameron Mitchell
as Barney Ross
Jack Albertson
as Sam Pian
Kathy Garver
as Noreen
Lisa Golm
as Barney's Mother
Barry Kelley
as Big Ralph
Dayton Lummis
as McAvoy
Lewis Charles
as Lew Surati
Richard Benedict
as Art Winch
Brad Harris
as Spike
Robert Holton
as Dr. Sullivan
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Critic Reviews for Monkey on My Back

All Critics (1)

A well-intentioned but nevertheless unimaginative and dreary biopic on welterweight boxing champion Barney Ross.

Full Review… | June 11, 2007
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Audience Reviews for Monkey on My Back

This is the true story of Barney Ross. A heavyweight boxer and World War II Veteran. After almost getting everything he needs in life he is shot in war and has to take Morphine to help stop the pain. He then can not stop his urge to use Morphine. It later tears his entire life apart and almost looses his wife and kids. I definitely recommend this movie because it has everything. Romance, War, Boxing, and a little bit of Comedy.

Zachary Georgianna
Zachary Georgianna

It was a pretty good movie for what it was. I thought it did a good job with showing the highs and lows.

Sarah Prisbylla
Sarah Prisbylla

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Decent biopic with a dark film noir look to it. I don't know the real story of Barney Ross, so I'm not sure how closely this movie follows his life. The drug rehab scenes were riveting.

Mara Barker
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