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Tough Enough (1983)

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An aspiring country/western singer, whose money is disappearing faster than his career opportunities, enters a "Tough Man" amateur boxing contest to earn some cash to pay his bills. ... See full summary »

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An aspiring country/western singer, whose money is disappearing faster than his career opportunities, enters a "Tough Man" amateur boxing contest to earn some cash to pay his bills. Amazingly enough, he wins it, and is picked to go onto the national finals. He's torn between his first love, music, and the glitz, glamor and money of the "Tough Man" world. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Action | Drama | Romance | Sport

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Trivia

This movie, the last film of actor Warren Oates was actually filmed before Oates' penultimate picture, Blue Thunder (1983), but was first released stateside about a week after that movie. See more »

Goofs

During the final fight, blood is spattered across the front of Tony Fallon's suit but when shown shortly afterward, the blood has disappeared. See more »

Quotes

Bill Long: Did you get a look at that big meat-headed sonofabitch?
Art Long: What'd they say he was? Albanian?
Bill Long: I know one thing: he's some kind of goddamned foreigner, and there ain't but one way to whip 'em.
Art Long: What's that?
Bill Long: Kick him right square in the nuts, and then tell him his mother's whore.
Art Long: Thanks a lot, Dad. Will you just shut up, please?
Bill Long: I'm just tryin' to help you, Son. You're the one that's gotta go in there and fight this big dumb sonofabitch. Look at him. Probably some kind of a goddamned... Communist ...
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References Rocky (1976) See more »

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Motor City
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Performed by Blue Skies Band
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Dennis Quaid carries the film with fine performance...
2 October 2007 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

TOUGH GUY is another boxing film that is somewhat reminiscent of the old Kirk Douglas film, CHAMPION, except that the character DENNIS QUAID plays is not stepping on people in his way up the ladder of success. Instead, Quaid plays an aspiring country singer in need of cash who decides to compete in the "Tough Man" boxing contest. He falls into the hands of an unscrupulous manager, well played by WARREN OATES, and wins a number of fights (in what appears to be "against all odds" judging from some of the other contenders).

It's a fast-moving tale, colorfully enacted and giving Quaid a chance to warble a couple of pleasant country western songs while strumming a guitar. But he's ferocious in all of the fighting scenes and really does look like a convincing boxer in some amazingly well staged matches that stand inspection even under the merciless eye of the close-up camera.

Quaid is so good--and the other players are equally competent--that they lift the film out of the "average" category into "very watchable" territory. Passes the time quickly in an hour and forty-six minutes.

The script could have been a lot tidier, especially for the climactic fight scene and the end result is a film that's message is no more than follow your dream no matter what.


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