5.8/10
3,456
38 user 5 critic

Paradise Alley (1978)

PG | | Drama | 22 September 1978 (USA)
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.

Director:

Reviews

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video

ON DISC
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

F.I.S.T. (1978)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

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 ... See full summary »

Director: Norman Jewison
Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Rod Steiger, Peter Boyle
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A group of kids in Brooklyn form a gang. From this moment on they do everything together. This makes things easier but at the same time they have to face new problems.

Directors: Martin Davidson, Stephen Verona
Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Henry Winkler, Perry King
Nighthawks (1981)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Conservative street cop DaSilva reluctantly agrees to terminate an international terrorist who has demanded media attention. But DaSilva's "at-home" tactics are very much put to the challenge.

Directors: Bruce Malmuth, Gary Nelson
Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Rutger Hauer, Billy Dee Williams
Rhinestone (1984)
Comedy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.7/10 X  

A country music star must turn an obnoxious New York cabbie into a singer in order to win a bet.

Director: Bob Clark
Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Dolly Parton, Richard Farnsworth
Rebel (1970)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

In New York in the late 60s, a politically motivated group of students plans bombings of company offices who do business with dictators in Middle American countries. But when they contact a... See full summary »

Director: Robert Allen Schnitzer
Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Tony Page, Rebecca Grimes
Capone (1975)
Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

The story of the rise and fall of the infamous Chicago gangster Al Capone and the control he exhibited over the city during the prohibition years. Unusually, briefly covering the years ... See full summary »

Director: Steve Carver
Stars: Ben Gazzara, Susan Blakely, Harry Guardino
Victory (1981)
Action | Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

As allied POWs prepare for a soccer game against the German National Team to be played in Nazi-occupied Paris, the French Resistance and British officers are making plans for the team's escape.

Director: John Huston
Stars: Michael Caine, Sylvester Stallone, Pelé
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

A woman who has just discovered she is the daughter of a murdered Mafia chieftain seeks revenge, with the aide of her father's faithful bodyguard.

Director: Martyn Burke
Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Madeleine Stowe, Anthony Quinn
Lock Up (1989)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

With only 6 months left of his prison sentence inmate Frank Leone is transferred from minimum security to maximum security by a vindictive warden.

Director: John Flynn
Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Donald Sutherland, John Amos
Over the Top (1987)
Action | Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Tough trucker Lincoln Hawk is determined to reconcile with his estranged son and win the world arm wrestling championship.

Director: Menahem Golan
Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Robert Loggia, Susan Blakely
Get Carter (2000)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

Years ago, Jack Carter left his Seattle home to become a Las Vegas mob casino financial enforcer. He returns for the funeral of his brother Richard 'Richie' after a car crash during a storm... See full summary »

Director: Stephen Kay
Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Rachael Leigh Cook, Miranda Richardson
Shade (2003)
Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Shade is set in the world of poker hustlers working the clubs and martini bars of Los Angeles. The tale unfolds as a group of hustlers encounter "The Dean" and pull off a successful sting ... See full summary »

Director: Damian Nieman
Stars: Joe Nicolo, Carl Mazzocone Sr., George Tovar
Edit

Cast

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

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Three brothers... One had the brains, one had the muscle and one had the suit. Together they had a million dollar dream. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

22 September 1978 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hell's Kitchen  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Stallone wrote "Paradise Alley" before "Rocky," and it was eventually published as a novel, "Hell's Kitchen." See more »

Goofs

In the opening scene, Stallone mentions that they have to jump across 10 roof tops to win the $5 prize that is on the tenth rooftop. During the opening credits, Stallone jumps exactly 14 times to reach the final rooftop. See more »

Quotes

[to his gang about Victor]
Stitch: That guy's too stupid to be scared. He's a primitive.
See more »

Crazy Credits

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


Soundtracks

(Meet Me in) Paradise Alley
Written by Tom Waits
Performed by Tom Waits
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
it has its moments... and then it also doesn't
18 April 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Paradise Alley is set in 1946 in the dingy and dirty streets of Hell's Kitchen- or the Bowery, take your pick, maybe more like the Bowery- and is centered on a group of characters, specifically three brothers, and how they try to maintain in their squalor or, as it turns out, try and make a way for themselves to get out. It's a sentimental picture as it tries to act super tough and muscular, and it's kind of like a Saturday afternoon movie for the guys who have already seen Rocky and Rambo flicks too many times and want to see something sort of "different". It certainly is. And not always in a good way.

What I liked was seeing how the actors playing the brothers interacted. Cosmo, Victor and Lenny are impressionable and work very well as this trio dynamic. One had high aspirations and has a big mouth but a fairly good heart, another is a crippled war hero who's life has not worked out at all like he might have wanted for himself or his girl, and the other is a fairly content and BIG-sized ice delivery man who finds himself needing money to want that boat house. I liked also how Stallone put these characters against the lumbering idiot gangsters who were too bumbling to really make it as big-shots but could be threatening enough to other bums and the like in the neighborhood. Not to mention the character and performance of Frank McRae as the 40-something wrestler who lives in total degradation even as he's very good at what he does. Oh, and Tom Waits of course, for a role that is merely a blip but one that brings a smile all the same.

The problems seem to come for Stallone that he isn't confident enough to take the material where it needs to go as a down-and-dirty grungy street flick. He gussies it up with over-blown camera moves and editing tricks (I hated the freeze-screen effects used), and seem to not always be as strong with dealing with melodrama and the natural way people talk as he did in the first Rocky. If there was a time to make this story maybe it was right after he has his first big success, and then move on to more conventional stuff. But it is at times fairly schmaltzy, and not all of the acting is very good (the female actresses are all pretty weak, and for a couple of good scenes Lee Canalito feel really flat as the "happy" wreslter brother dubbed "The Salami"). Stallone and Asante fare better with the material, and even Stallone himself goes hammy with his own words in some scenes; Stallone is Stallone, not a Pacino or De Niro, so heavy-duty dramatic scenes don't seem to cut it out as well.

And yet, the film does have its moments. I especially dug that final wrestling match, the two contenders (the other being, I think, Terry Funk) duking it out as a rain storm is coming down in the arena and the power keeps cutting in and out with lightning effects thrown in. Stallone does make this an epic and nasty and brutal final bout, and it does bring a pretty satisfying completion to a film that is enjoyable but too clichéd by half.


2 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Lee Canalito r0ckstar1ntranin
Who won the last fight? oliverfennell
Bunchie? sparkled_blue_rainss
has this happened to you after watching this movie CCHSMike
FINALLY A DVD!!!! XxInSanePyScHox
The Monkey mojo_60s
Discuss Paradise Alley (1978) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?