The true story of Barney Ross, a World War II hero and champion professional boxer, who became addicted to morphine.

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Barney Ross
Dianne Foster ...
Cathy Holland
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Rico
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Sam Pian
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Noreen
Lisa Golm ...
Barney's Mother
Barry Kelley ...
Big Ralph
Dayton Lummis ...
J.L. McAvoy
Lewis Charles ...
Lew Surati
Raymond Greenleaf ...
Dr. A.J. Latham
Richard Benedict ...
Art Winch
Brad Harris ...
Spike McAvoy
Robert Holton ...
Dr. Sullivan
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The true story of Barney Ross, a World War II hero and champion professional boxer, who became addicted to morphine.

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SHOCK by SHOCK...It Jabs Like a Hopped-Up Needle!

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6 March 1958 (Sweden)  »

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Monkey on My Back: The Story of Barney Ross  »

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Though it was based on his autobiography and he was a consultant to the film, Barney Ross disavowed this movie, calling it "garbage." See more »

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(at around 33 mins) At the motel, a boom mic can be seen at the top of the screen while Barney and Cathy are hugging just seconds before the scene ends. See more »

Quotes

Barney Ross: Look Rico. I only got eight bucks.
Rico, Drug Pusher: Start scrathin'. You see, you don't seem to understand. I'm risking ten years of my life with every move I make. I wanna get paid for it. And if I don't, my friends will break your wrists.
Barney Ross: Let me up Rico. Let me up!
Rico, Drug Pusher: You don't understand champ. The real torture hasn't started yet. The monkey will be on your back tomorrow.
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"The Beginning" is shown in the closing credits. See more »

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Edited into Dusk to Dawn Drive-In Trash-o-Rama Show Vol. 9 (2002) See more »

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Spectacularly heartfelt performance by Cameron Mitchell
27 August 2001 | by (Leonia, NJ) – See all my reviews

WW II Vet and professional boxer Barney Ross became addicted to morphine. This stark but well-told tale takes us into his inner psyche and allows us to share his inner torments as he struggles to overcome his addictions and rebuild his self-image. The low-budget supporting cast is nonetheless well selected and conveys the overall tone and mood perfectly. Watch this before renting Raging Bull again and contrast an underrated and natural rendering of the true heart and soul of troubled blue color boxer with Scorsese's highly stylized filming of DeNiro's technically brilliant but utterly soulless portrayal of Jake LaMotta.


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