It's 1946 in Hell's Kitchen in New York City. Cosmo Carboni, the eldest of the three Carboni brothers, is lamenting what he sees as them not living up to their potential. Big talking Cosmo hustles and panhandles for money. Brooding Lenny Carboni, an injured veteran whose sullen attitude stems from his time in the war, is an undertaker. And youngest Victor Carboni, the simple muscle-man who wouldn't hurt a fly unless he's annoyed, is an iceman. Victor looks to Lenny and his Chinese-American girlfriend Susan Chow as his voices of reason. After Victor holds his own against wrestler Frankie the Thumper in an arm wrestling match, Frankie who is seen as the strongest man in the neighborhood, and after seeing the lucrative wrestling matches - which are more like street fights without rules - at the underground nightclub called Paradise Alley, Cosmo gets it into his head that wrestling may be Victor's calling and a way for them all to get out of Hell's Kitchen for good. The brothers would act... Written by
The Carboni Boys. They haul ice, lay out stiffs and dance with monkeys.
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's directorial debut. Along with F.I.S.T
(1978), these were Sylvester Stallone
's first movies after Rocky
(1976). Whereas that movie was about boxing, this film was about wrestling, the first of two wrestling movies starring Stallone, the other being Over the Top
(1987). Stallone performed a number of duties on this production, Stallone was lead actor, writer, director, whilst the film is notable for also having Stallone be the singer of the film's title song. See more
When Cosmo talks with Annie for the first time on the street, a 1970s station wagon passes by in the background. See more
I was born on the 22nd.
Opening credits use the 1940s Universal logo. See more
Performed by Lee Canalito See more