... and maybe pick up an award or two. This movie is very
every level, and LOT of fun to watch. Stallone's characterization of a
goofball who wants everybody else to bust their butts to make his dreams
come true for him is just brilliant, possibly his very best performance.
Actually, there's not a single bad performance in this whole movie and
that's saying a lot, considering that some of the major roles were filled
guys who were professional boxers or wrestlers. In addition, the
sets/costumes/lighting give a very good sense of place and time -- only
hairdos on the female leads tip you off that this was made in the late
Action / Drama
Action / Drama
It's 1946 in Hell's Kitchen in New York City. Cosmo Carboni, the eldest of the three Carboni brothers, is lamenting what he sees as them not living up to their potential. Big talking Cosmo hustles and panhandles for money. Brooding Lenny Carboni, an injured veteran whose sullen attitude stems from his time in the war, is an undertaker. And youngest Victor Carboni, the simple muscle-man who wouldn't hurt a fly unless he's annoyed, is an iceman. Victor looks to Lenny and his Chinese-American girlfriend Susan Chow as his voices of reason. After Victor holds his own against wrestler Frankie the Thumper in an arm wrestling match, Frankie who is seen as the strongest man in the neighborhood, and after seeing the lucrative wrestling matches - which are more like street fights without rules - at the underground nightclub called Paradise Alley, Cosmo gets it into his head that wrestling may be Victor's calling and a way for them all to get out of Hell's Kitchen for good. The brothers would act...
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