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Paradise Alley (1978)

PG  |   |  Drama  |  22 September 1978 (USA)
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Three Italian-American brothers, living in the slums of 1940's New York, 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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Armand Assante ...
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Big Glory
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Annie
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Stitch
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Frankie the Thumper
Joyce Ingalls ...
Bunchie
Joe Spinell ...
Burp
Aimée Eccles ...
Susan Chow
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Mumbles
Chick Casey ...
Doorman
James J. Casino ...
Paradise Bartender
Fredi O. Gordon ...
Paradise Alley Hooker
Lydia Goya ...
Bar Room Hooker #1
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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 Huggo

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The Carboni Boys. They haul ice, lay out stiffs and dance with monkeys. See more »

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Trivia

Directing was such a new job to Stallone on this project that several times, cast and crew were in position, ready to do their jobs but they could not. They could not because Stallone would forget to yell, "Action." See more »

Goofs

When Cosmo talks with Annie for the first time on the street, a 1970s station wagon passes by in the background. See more »

Quotes

Annie: You gotta lot of style for somebody with pigeon crap on their shoulder, Cosmo.
Cosmo Carboni: That ain't real pigeon crap. That's just something I had sewn on to make me stand out in a crowd. You know?
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits use the 1940s Universal logo. See more »

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Referenced in Just Your Luck (1996) See more »

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Annie's Back in Town
Written by Tom Waits
Performed by Tom Waits
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if this were released today, it would be a huge hit
21 February 2003 | by (Philadelphia) – See all my reviews

... and maybe pick up an award or two. This movie is very well-done on every level, and LOT of fun to watch. Stallone's characterization of a lazy goofball who wants everybody else to bust their butts to make his dreams come true for him is just brilliant, possibly his very best performance. Actually, there's not a single bad performance in this whole movie and that's saying a lot, considering that some of the major roles were filled by guys who were professional boxers or wrestlers. In addition, the sets/costumes/lighting give a very good sense of place and time -- only the hairdos on the female leads tip you off that this was made in the late '70s.


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