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Dempsey (1983)

TV Movie  -   -  Biography | Drama  -  28 September 1983 (USA)
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True story about Jack Dempsey, one of the most famous professional US boxers who made his name in the 1920's as the world heavyweight champion and media sensation.

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Maxine Cates
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Estelle Taylor
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Tex Rickard
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Bernie Dempsey
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John McLiam ...
Hyrum Dempsey
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Celia Dempsey
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Gavin McNab
John Lehne ...
Gene Normile
Cliff Emmich ...
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Michael McManus ...
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Price (as Mark Taylor)
Jimmy Nickerson ...
Gene Tunney
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True story about Jack Dempsey, one of the most famous professional US boxers who made his name in the 1920's as the world heavyweight champion and media sensation.

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The African-American fighter named "Johnson" who injures Dempsey was in real life John Lester Johnson, who would later go on to do bit part acting roles, most notably "Bumbo" ("Uncle George") in the "Our Gang" short "The Kid from Borneo." See more »

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[After Dempsey loses a fight.]
Estelle Taylor: What happened?
Jack Dempsey: Honey, I forgot to duck.
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Awful
19 April 2006 | by (la) – See all my reviews

Besides being a stereotypical watered down TV movie, this film has some down-right terrible performances. Sally Kellerman, who I really like, was just awful. I mean, unbearable. In fact, pretty much every actress in this movie was bad. It was baffling how the people behind the scenes could have watched the dailies on this film and okayed everything.

The script itself was poorly written but what do you expect from an early 80's TV movie? Williams and Waterson were okay in their parts but overall the movie was not good.

On the plus side, they did, however, do a good job with the fight scenes. Generally in these TV boxing movies, the fight scenes are so amateurish and poorly done (you usually can clearly see the punches are not connecting) it's surprising to see fight scenes done well in this film, considering how everything else wasn't done so well.


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