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Paradise Alley (1978)

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

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$5,726,000, 31 December 1982
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Trivia

Tom Waits' acting debut. 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

Victor: We're brothers doesn't that mean anything to you?
Cosmo Carboni: [Serious] Yes that means a lot to me. It means there's a lot of bananas
[Humorously]
Cosmo Carboni: hanging off the family tree.
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Crazy Credits

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

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Referenced in My 2 (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Angel Voice
Written by Frank Stallone
Performed by Frank Stallone
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User Reviews

 
Yeah, and "Saving Private Ryan" and "Sgt Bilko" were similar as well.
17 March 2000 | by See all my reviews

THIS WAS AN EXCELLENT FILM. I have never understood why this movie got such bad reviews or such a bad rap. I personally think it is one of Stallones Better Films. I am in fact one of 10 who gave it a 10. I think next to "Copland" and the original "Rocky" it is in fact Stallones best work. I thought the film had a lot going for it not the least of which was great direction and cinematography. And anyone who has the perception to use Tom Waits as a Bartender can't be all bad. I thought the characters were well acted and I thought the story had much depth of field in it. I found no similarity at all between Charlie Chaplin and Armand Assante, unless one thinks, Sgt Bilko and Saving Private Ryan are similar simply because they are both soldiers. What all those who use a cane are Charlie? I think this film, because of Rocky and "fight" and "up from nothing hero" themes has really been genetically altered by the press and critics. I think it is likely that Mr. Stallone himself has been convinced that this is a bad film. I promise you Sly it is a very good film in this viewers opinion. In fact twenty years from now, when it can just be viewed anew and without gile and critics are no longer busy being clever or cute this in fact be one of the greatest sleepers of all time. If you are one of those that voted 8, 9, or 10 on this film, I would like to hear from you. If you didn't that's your opinion and your stuck with it.


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