The film tells the story of two boxers and their problems. One of them is on the decline of his career while the other one just begins his ascent in this sport. Written by
Did You Know?
Under the then-extant rules, Stacy Keach
should have been awarded Best Actor honors from the New York Film Critics Circle for his portrayal of Tully, as it required only a plurality of the vote. Keach was the top vote-getter for Best Actor. At the time, the NYCC was second in prestige only to the Academy Awards (and some actors and filmmakers considered it a superior honor) and was a major influence on subsequent Oscar nominations. A vocal faction of the NYFCC, dismayed by the rather low percentage of votes that would have given Keach the award, successfully demanded a rule change so that the winner would have to obtain a majority. In subsequent balloting, Keach failed to win a majority of the vote, and he lost ground to his main rival, Marlon Brando
in The Godfather
(1972) However, Brando could not gain a majority either. A compromise candidate, Laurence Olivier
(1972) eventually was awarded Best Actor honors. See more
When Oma proposes a toast to Tully at the bar, suddenly she's holding a lighted cigarette, which vanishes again in the next shot. See more
Hey kid. You want to spar a little?
Referenced in V.I.P.: Raging Val
Help Me Make It Through the Night
Composed and Performed by Kris Kristofferson See more