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

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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 »

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

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Just Like a Memory
21 September 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was a film that I picked out on a trip to the video store(U-Can-Rent), when I was probably 7 or 8 years old. Me and my dad were bringing back a rental of Rocky IV and I was looking into the original films when I noticed a video in the mix of the series that had Stallone on the cover with the same hat he wore in Rocky IV. At the time, I thought it was another movie involving Rocky. No one else had ever heard of it. I eventually rented it and found myself tossing and turning as I watched it, waiting for a fight. I remember being bored because it didn't move like a Rocky movie and was set in a time that I knew nothing about. But I do remember eventually liking the characters and being a little sad that it was over. I often thought about that movie throughout the years and always wanted to watch it again.

Sometime in 2000, a good friend of mine sent me some odd books he had dug up. One of them was "Paradise Alley" by Sylvester Stallone. As I read this book over the course of a few nights, I started to remember parts of the movie and, at the same time, remembering things about my house at the time that I had watched it. It was a great book, one I couldn't wait to get back to and see how it ended. I couldn't help but here Sly's voice as I read it, the whole thing is written from Sly's character's point of view.

I give it a seven for the story and just for being a great movie about family, fighting and good, old-fashion memories.

Armand Assante is cool,too.


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