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...All the Marbles (1981)

 -  Action | Comedy | Drama  -  16 October 1981 (USA)
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Harry Sears
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Eddie Cisco
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Diane, Toledo Tiger
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June, Toledo Tiger
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Bill Dudley (Reno referee)
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Jerome, Eddie's Bodyguard
Charlie Dell ...
Merle LeFevre, Open-air Fair Promoter
Chick Hearn ...
Himself - TV Reporter
Cliff Emmich ...
Obese Promoter
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Clyde Yamashito, Japanese Promoter
Joe Greene ...
Himself - Football Player
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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 (particularly when Harry accepts an engagement involving mud wrestling!) but then the big grudge match beckons. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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With two girls like these, how can you lose? [Australia Theatrical] [Title as The California Dolls] See more »


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Breakthrough film role and first major film role of actress Laurene Landon. Landon has said that although the movie did not perform well in the USA, it did much better at the box-office in foreign territories. See more »

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Harry Sears: [after destroying Eddie Cisco's Mercedes with a baseball bat] I was thinking of buying a Mercedes but first I wanted to give it a stress test.
Iris: Stress test?
Harry Sears: [shrugging] Didn't pass.
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Pretty real, for a movie.
9 January 2003 | by (Xanadu) – See all my reviews

For a movie about lady wrestlers, this was fairly realistic. Aside from treating pro wrestling as real competition, the movie captures the life of wrestlers on the road quite well. Women's wrestling never had it's own territory, so the performers were always traveling to their next match. The promoters controlled the payoff and moving up the card often meant getting in good with the promoter. Performers worked through injuries and had no health benefits. It was a tough life, but most loved it.

The actors are great and the story has a good framework. Peter Falk is the definite standout, but the two ladies acquit themselves quite well. The wrestling sequences are well staged and blow away anything booked by the WWE. The most far-fetched idea is women's wrestling headlining a big card in Las Vegas, with tv coverage. Well, it is a movie. It's also the best movie ever made about pro wrestling, all though that's not saying much.

It's been said that this movie inspired the GLOW (Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling) promotion and tv show. If true, they should have watched the movie more closely, as it was better than anything they presented.

The movie has its flaws, but it's still entertaining, and the final match will have you on the edge of your seat.


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