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Body and Soul (1981)

R | | Drama, Sport | October 1981 (USA)
A young man struggles to become a boxing champ, but success blinds him. It is only through the love of his girlfriend that he is brought back to reality.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Leon Johnson
Charles Golphin
Nikki Swasey Seaton ...
Kelly Johnson (as Nikki Swassy)
Frankie (as Mike Gazzo)
Kim Hamilton ...
Mrs. Johnson
Big Man
Gilbert Lewis ...
Tony (as Gil Lewis)
Chris Wallace ...
Dr. Bachman
Robbie Epps ...
J.B. Williamson ...
St. Louis Assassin
Al Denava ...
Mad Man Santiago (as Al Denavo)
Mel Welles ...
Joe Gillardi
Danny Wells ...
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A young man struggles to become a boxing champ, but success blinds him. It is only through the love of his girlfriend that he is brought back to reality.

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A shattering story of corruption, violence and temptation... See more »


Drama | Sport


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Release Date:

October 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cuerpo y alma  »

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1.85 : 1
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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 (1980)_, The Champ (1979), Matilda (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 »


Julie Winters: I just wish your were double jointed so you could turn around and kiss your own ass.
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Body and Soul
Music by Johnny Green and lyrics by Edward Heyman, Robert Sour and Frank Eyton
Sung by Marlena Shaw
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Body no soul
13 August 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This simple story line had the potential to really shine with Jayne Kennedy as the female lead. She plays the true champions prize as the male lead chases & gets all that doesn't count. Towards the end she's still trying to teach him how to be a man.

The sad truth here though is the story appears to be nothing but what a white man would think a black boxers life is really like. By the way, I'm white. Leon the Lover is a toon & once you get past the St. Louis Assassin all the other boxers are portrayed as toons. The fight he is to lose for Mr. Big, a six year old could of written & choreographed better. The little sister puts in a good performance where she appears & it would of been better to have more of her on screen with her brother, Jayne & her mother. That doesn't mean a goody goody ending. Just less poor writing, fewer tits & more emotion based scenes. Yes I know its legendary how many breasts are available to boxer's but that was true when Rocky was made. This would of been ten times better written & directed by those folk's. I'm not asking for a change in actors or actresses they did fine with what they were given.

In the end it doesn't matter how the boxing storyline goes because this is supposed to be about peoples character & maturity. That's why so many cartoons as personalities are disappointing. If however, you are going to spend a lot of time in the ring lets not disrespect the talents of real boxers by showing this kinda s**t. Do boxers cheat? Yes! Do they cheat like all-star wrestler's? No! I could of lived with a happy love story ending, broken love story ending or everyone winds up with nothing ending. Little sis can live or die. What I can't live with is this particular story & how it's told. What a waste of good casting. Makes me angry!

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