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
The Carboni Boys. They haul ice, lay out stiffs and dance with monkeys.
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Did You Know?
Part of a cycle of ring fighter movies, mostly boxing, some wrestling, initiated by the box-office and critical success of the Academy award
Best Picture winning boxing movie Rocky
(1976). The films include Rocky II
(1979), Rocky III
(1982), Rocky IV
(1985), Tough Enough
(1983), Title Shot
(1979), _Raging Bull_, The Champ
(1978), The Main Event
(1979), The Prize Fighter
(1979), The Greatest
(1977), Body and Soul
(1981), Paradise Alley
(1978), ...All the Marbles
(1981) (aka "The California Dolls"), The One and Only
(1978), Every Which Way But Loose
(1978) and Any Which Way You Can
(1980). See more
When Cosmo talks with Annie for the first time on the street, a 1970s station wagon passes by in the background. See more
Frankie! My brother who aint as handsome as you is as strong as Charles Atlas.
Your brother is a moron.
Nah. He ain't no moron.
I said he's a moron.
Okay he ain't no flaming wit guaranteed. But he can haul over four-hundred and fifty pounds of ice up five flights of stairs without blowing his breakfast. Can he do that?
Opening credits use the 1940s Universal logo. See more
Referenced in Just Your Luck
TOO CLOSE TO PARADISE
Lyrics by Carole Bayer Sager
, Bruce Roberts
Music by Bill Conti
Performed by Sylvester Stallone See more