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Paradise Alley (1978)

 -  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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Bunchie
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Burp
Aimée Eccles ...
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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

Tonga Fifita's surname is grossly misspelled in the end credits as Yociato. 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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Opening credits use the 1940s Universal logo. See more »

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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Sylvester Stallone/Jamiroquai (1997) See more »

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Please Be Someone to Me
Written by Frank Stallone
Performed by Frank Stallone
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Paradise Alley is where you go when you have no where else to turn to.
22 April 2008 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Stallone's Paradise Alley is not a perfect movie. But it is fun and entertaining to watch Stallone try and come into his own as a filmmaker. It's only natural after Writing Rocky that STallone would get interested in actually making a movie that would be his entirely from start to finish and is it good? Well Yes it is good the acting is very watchable and the Carboni brothers are easy enough to cheer on. BUT. Some things are not explained enough or some characters suddenly change their nature in the middle of the film and it's things like this that make you wonder if you missed a scene or two. Assante in his first film role has a incredible debut and let's face it HE Steals The show from Stallone at times. Stallones's Cosmo is a easy enough loser /con man to actually cheer for or to indenified with after all who hasn't actually tried to run a con at one point in their lives? Terry Funk delivers a sinister performance as Frankie the Thumper. And Kevin Conway delivers just as good of a performance here as he does as Vince Doyle in F.I.S.T. A incredibly good actor of great range. Stallone mixes it all into Paradise Alley love Chaos Action Comedy and enough pathos to remind us of the sad value of life that others exploit for their ends. Stallone also delivers a wonderful surprisingly Theme Song To his Film Too close to paradise. A good film hard to forget after you've seen it and worthy enough to be remembered.


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