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Monkey on My Back (1957)

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

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Cast

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Barney Ross
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Cathy Holland
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Rico
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Sam Pian
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Noreen
Lisa Golm ...
Barney's Mother
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Big Ralph
Dayton Lummis ...
J.L. McAvoy
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Lew Surati
Raymond Greenleaf ...
Dr. A.J. Latham
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Art Winch
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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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How Can I Get This Monkey Off My Back? See more »

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Biography | Drama

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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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Trivia

Former "Our Gang" child star 'Scotty Beckett (I)' makes his final film appearance as a medic who helps Ross get hooked on morphine. Sadly, Beckett himself would die of a drug overdose ten years after this film was released. See more »

Goofs

(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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Crazy Credits

"The Beginning" is shown in the closing credits. See more »

Connections

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

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5 October 2006 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie when I was a little Boy I'm now a pensioner and this movie has stayed with me my whole life As I was so young it set me on course with my life.

I promised myself that I would never go near drugs as it kind of scared the hell out of me being so young it left a big impression on me. I came across your site and just for fun typed Monkey On My Back And there it was wow memories ........How great but so sad they are.

It was a long time ago. Only one other movie made such a impression On me called Home Of the Brave it taught me to see a person for who he is And not the color of their skin I lived by this and it was because I was so young that these two movies made me the way I am I will take them to my final resting place


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