Paradise Alley (1978)
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as Cosmo Carboni
as Big Glory
as Franky the Thumper
as Susan Chow
as Paradise Alley Hooker
as Bar Room Hooker
as Paradise Alley Bartender
as Bar Room Hooker
as Paradise Alley Bum
as Mr. Giambelli
as Fat Lady
as Mickey, the Bartender
as Store Owner
as Skinny the Hand
as Towel Boy
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From the beginning we knew it was going to be a film that's never going to take itself seriously as we have Stallone singing the soundtrack in the opening scene, As for the film well it's directed, Written by Stallone and Rocky was still fresh in 87 and you can tell that it was a big influence, apart from it's about wrestling not boxing and Stallone is the trainer, He trains his brother who like Rocky is not the sharpest tool in the shed but is good at what he does and has a big heart, The whole film just felt like a wrestling remake of Rocky, It starts very slow but soon picks up when the fights start, As for the fights they were pretty well done, My only problem was there was the cringe worthy humour thrown in that sometimes was funny but most just silly that kind of ruind parts of the film, Overall it's underrated and yet another film Stallone deserves credit for but won't be remembered for it.
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.
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