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Body and Soul (1947)

Approved | | Drama, Film-Noir, Sport | June 1948 (UK)
A talented boxer's young career hits difficult terrain when an unethical promoter takes interest in him.



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Won 1 Oscar. Another 4 nominations. See more awards »


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Roberts (as Lloyd Goff)
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Charley Davis wins an amateur boxing match and is taken on by promoter Quinn. Charley's mother doesn't want him to fight, but when Charley's father is accidentally killed, Charley sets up a fight for money. His career blooms as he wins fight after fight, but soon an unethical promoter named Roberts begins to show an interest in Charley, and Charley finds himself faced with increasingly difficult choices. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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The poem quoted by Peg Born (Lilli Palmer) is "The Tiger" by William Blake, an English poet and artist. See more »


Charley Davis's fiancee, Peg, leaves him a note and misspells his name, "Charlie." See more »


Charlie Davis: I don't want any handouts. Do you think I like waiting around for the whole world to make up its mind what to do with me? My mother don't understand.
Peg Born: What is it you want to do?
Charlie Davis: There's only one thing I know how to do. Fight.
Peg Born: Well if you want to fight, fight.
Charlie Davis: And it's all right with you?
Peg Born: Anything you want is all right with me. I love you, Charlie.
Charlie Davis: [makes a fist] It'll be quick.
Peg Born: Tiger, tiger.
Charlie Davis: Yeah, that's right. I got claws. But not for you Peg. Not for you.
[kisses her]
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Down but not out
27 January 2008 | by See all my reviews

This boxing picture deals with the seedier side of the business; (is there any other?). It helps that it was written by Abraham Polonsky whose script is suitably cynical and hard-boiled. John Garfield is the pugnacious fighter easily swayed by the prospects of easy money and not adverse to taking a dive. It's a fine, hard-nosed performance. Garfield was always at his best in roles that required him to battle with his conscience.

The whole movie is well cast. The under-rated Lilli Palmer is fine as the 'nice' girl who loves him as is Hazel Brooks as the 'bad' girl who seduces him while the villains are ably taken care of by Lloyd Gough and William Conrad. Best of all there is Anne Revere as Garfield's mother. (Did Revere play everybody's mother movies?). It's another of her no-nonsense roles. Revere was one tough cookie who kept her heart of gold well-hidden. The climatic fight scene is very well staged and Robert Parrish and Frances Lyon's editing won the Oscar while James Wong Howe's cinematography adds considerably to the realism.

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