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...All the Marbles (1981)

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 »

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Harry Sears
Vicki Frederick ...
Iris
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Molly
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Eddie Cisco
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Diane, Toledo Tiger
Ursaline Bryant ...
June, Toledo Tiger
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Solly, Woman Promoter
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Bill Dudley (Reno referee)
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Big John' Stanley, TTs Promoter
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Jerome, Eddie's Bodyguard
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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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The California Dolls and their best friend Harry...Together they're going for...All The Marbles [USA Theatrical] [Title as ...All The Marbles] See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Sport

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16 October 1981 (USA)  »

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Although the film was a box office flop in the USA, it did reasonably well abroad, enough to warrant talk of a sequel that never came to fruition. This was largely due to the death of Robert Aldrich. The sequel was planned to be predominantly set and filmed in Japan. See more »

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After the initial match, when Harry and the girls are leaving the Akron Arena, the strap on Molly's duffle bag switches positions from over her shoulder to her front then back to over her shoulder. See more »

Quotes

Molly: [as they're driving into Chicago] Let's stay at a first-class place, okay? Something special.
Harry Sears: That's a good idea. We'll stay at Al's Motor Lodge in Skokie. Every floor has an ice machine.
Iris: Thanks a lot, Diamond Jim.
Harry Sears: Hey, I hate to be the one to remind you: luxury costs money.
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Referenced in Stones of Death (1988) See more »

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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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