Three Italian-American brothers, living in the slums of 1940's New York City, try to help each other with one's wrestling career using one brother's promotional skills and another brother's con-artist tactics to thwart a sleazy manager.
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Robert Allen Schnitzer
Johnny Kovak joins the Teamsters trade-union in a local chapter in the 1930s and works his way up in the organization. As he climbs higher and higher his methods become more ruthless and finally senator Madison starts a campaign to find the truth about the alleged connections with the Mob. Written by
Sylvester Stallone in publicity for the film said of comparisons between his characters of Rocky Balboa in his previous film Rocky (1976) and Johnny Kovak in this his then next film: "They are alike only in that Rocky [Balboa] and Johnny Kovak come from the street. Each, in his own way, is an underdog who becomes a winner. The difference is that Rocky would always be a contender, always a follower. Kovak was born to be a leader of his domain, a leader of men. He controls their destinies instead of being controlled by them. He's a much more intelligent guy than Rocky". See more »
This is one of Stallone's best performances as an actor! In all the following movies in the 80's and 90's he is more appreciated for his 'presence' and strength as a person, but in this one he portrays a lifestory of a union worker that rose to greatest fame. Don't lose heart if you feel bored in the beginning of the movie, it gets better and in the second half, when many years have past, it gets really good. It is a grand movie-story and definitely a recommendation for anyone who likes movies about the fate of others.
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