Body and Soul (1981)

R  |   |  Drama  |  October 1981 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jayne Kennedy ...
Julie Winters
Charles Golphin
Nikki Swasey Seaton ...
Kelly Johnson (as Nikki Swassy)
Frankie (as Mike Gazzo)
Kim Hamilton ...
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 »




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Release Date:

October 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cialo i dusza  »

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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 (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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Referenced in V.I.P.: Raging Val (1999) See more »


Happy Feeling
Music by Webster Lewis
Lyrics by Zoom
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The movie lacked credibility & depth
30 September 2006 | by See all my reviews

The 1981 version of Body and Soul,unlike the 1947 version that won an Oscar,lacked credibility and depth. The 1981 fighter just wasn't as believable and was more ostentatious in the bedroom than he was in the ring! Come on give me something that I can feel, like in the movie Raging Bull! After all Robert Dinero was a lover and a fighter but at least you felt his pain, his pride and his love and hate for women. Body and Soul 1981, with Leon Kennedy,gave us none of the sort. There was no body and there definitely was no soul. We all left the theater empty wondering where is the fight, who is it with, and who is the the champ! You had plenty of heart Leon,but you definitely lacked Soul!

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