Blaise Starrett is a rancher at odds with homesteaders when outlaws hold up the small town. The outlaws are held in check only by their notorious leader, but he is diagnosed with a fatal wound and the town is a powder keg waiting to blow.
This movie is based on a true story as written in A.P. Scotland's autobiography "The London Cage". The plot has greatly exaggerated the actual events of A.P. Scotland's experiences, including the addition of a fictional love interest.
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 »
(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 »
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.
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 »
Spectacularly heartfelt performance by Cameron Mitchell
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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