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
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Noreen
Lisa Golm ...
Barney's Mother
Barry Kelley ...
Big Ralph
Dayton Lummis ...
J.L. McAvoy
Lewis Charles ...
Lew Surati
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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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In August 1957, this film was being being shown on a double bill with Island in the Sun (1957). See more »

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When Barney leaves the hospital in the closing scene, there is clearly an open courtyard between the hospital and the gate. As Barney and Cathy run toward each other, they appear to be on a tree lined lane. When the camera shows them exiting the gate, the open courtyard appears again. See more »

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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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Daring For Its Day But A Disappointment
18 December 2004 | by (NY, NY) – See all my reviews

This could have been a powerful movie. As it is, it's a precursor to heartwarming TV movies of the week. It's about a boxer and it has no punch.

The protagonist was a real person and this is his story. Maybe it had to be toned down. But, though Cameron Mitchell seems to be doing his best in the lead role, it is never convincing.

Diane Foster is wooden and very much of her time. She's like a sitcom mom, not the wife of an ex-boxer, returned war hero turned junkie.

Very little rings true. The seamy streets where Mitchell goes to get his fixes have a very obvious backlot look. The prosties he passes are kind of fun: They are straight from Police Gazette covers.

The other lowlifes, though, are like comic book exaggerations. It's interesting to note the low billing given the actor who plays his drug dealer. The good guys get the high billing. But this character, though not one of the plum roles if one were an actor reading the script, is pivotal.


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