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The Ring (1952)

 -  Drama  -  26 September 1952 (USA)
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A young Mexican-American in East Los Angeles uses the boxing ring to make a better life for himself and his family, and learns as much about being a Latino in a white society as he does about boxing.

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Pete Ganusa
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Lucy Gomez
Lalo Rios ...
Tomas 'Tommy' Cantanios / Tommy Kansas
Robert Arthur ...
Billy Smith
Robert Osterloh ...
Freddy Jack
Martin Garralaga ...
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Peter Brocco ...
Barney Williams
Robert Shayne ...
Jimmy - Aragon's Manager
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Lillian Molieri ...
Helen Cantanios
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Victor Millan ...
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A young Mexican-American in East Los Angeles uses the boxing ring to make a better life for himself and his family, and learns as much about being a Latino in a white society as he does about boxing.

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Music by Herschel Burke Gilbert
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A boxing movie ahead of its time
20 January 2008 | by (Wisconsin) – See all my reviews

While obviously made as a "B" feature in its day, "The Ring" is a surprisingly good little flick deserving of far better than the relatively low rating (a 5.6 as I write this) it is currently receiving here on the IMDb.

"The Ring" starts off as a typical boxing "rags to riches" story. A young kid gets into a street fight just as a boxing manager happens to be passing by. Liking what he sees, the manager vows to turn the fiery youngster into a star.

Halfway through the film, however, the "rags to riches" storyline begins to turn and a much deeper side is revealed. More than a decade before the civil rights movement became a large issue in American society, "The Ring" tackled head-on topics such as stereotypes and racial discrimination.

The issues raised are still very relevant today, 56 years after this film was made. Are professional sports truly a way out for impoverished minorities? Or just an unobtainable illusion? And is becoming white the only way for minorities to become accepted into our society? (What could be whiter than a ring name of Tommy Kansas?) All this and a young Rita Moreno, too!...as the "girl next door" love interest.

"The Ring" is not a perfect 5 star film, but it was a movie truly ahead of its time. If you give it a try sometime I think you will be pleasantly surprised.


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