Harry manages The California Dolls, a female wrestling tag team endlessly touring America, and he's also romantically involved with one of them. Their fortunes seem on the slide (... See full summary »
Rosa Rubinsky is floundering in her life both personally and professionally. Small time radio talk show host Terry Glantz is the latest in the long line of her steady but not really committed boyfriends. And she works in a dead end job as a waitress in a sports arena. Bobby Fox, who sees her physically handle the unwanted advances of a co-worker, is a professional wrestling promoter who thinks she looks like a natural for the sport despite she being diminutive in size. Mutually parting ways with both her current job and with Terry, Rosa decides to give it a try. She is sent to professional wrestling school, and then on the road with Bobby's stable of wrestlers to watch and learn. In both situations, what Rosa also learns is that there is much camaraderie amongst the wrestlers out of emotional need as it is a lonely life. While some look for their soul mate within their traveling partners, others just want a body - any body - to keep them warm at night. She also learns the pros and ... Written by
Not ordinarily the kind of film I would like or praise -- as other reviewers have said, it's rather depressing -- I actually liked "Below the Belt" very much, primarily because of the superb performance by the beautiful Regina Baff.
I really can't understand why she hasn't starred in more movies. She has looks, including a fascinating and unusual face that is sensitive and looks vulnerable, a great figure, and gorgeous legs.
Plus, she was athletic enough in this movie to handle the strenuous wrestling scenes.
All the players were so realistic, the film seemed almost a documentary some of the time.
Having known some similar wrestlers in my time, working as a TV station camera operator, I could accept this as a realistic slice-of-life film about some slice-of-life people. They deserved our sympathy, in part because they were so human, in part because they had not tried hard enough to avoid being in a rut, defined a long time ago as "a grave with the ends removed."
All the actors were professionals, very believable; the directing was generally very good, and the cinematography was great.
I wish there were more chances to see Regina Baff. What a superlative woman, and what a wonderful actor.
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