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Tough Enough (1983)

 -  Action | Drama | Romance  -  20 May 1983 (USA)
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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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They are big! They are bad! But are they tough enough to beat the Country Western Warrior? See more »

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20 May 1983 (USA)  »

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Tough Dreams  »

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The real life "Toughman Contest" was, according to Wikipedia, "founded in 1979 in Bay City, Michigan by boxing promoter Art Dore, [which] is a chance for the novice amateur fighters (those with no more than 5 sanctioned wins in the past 5 years) to test themselves in the ring". See more »

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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 »

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Gert Long: What's wrong?
Art Long: "What's wrong?" What? Can't a son come visit his parents without something being wrong?
Gert Long: Not usually. What's the matter?
Art Long: [Laughs shyly & turns away]
Gert Long: BILL! Bill! Art & Caroline have had a fight!
Bill Long: They'll work it out.
Art Long: No, we haven't had a fight!
Bill Long: See there? They've already worked it out.
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References Rocky (1976) See more »

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I Was Born A Dreamer
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Performed by Blue Skies Band
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Quaid makes it very watchable
15 June 2001 | by See all my reviews

A guy who fights for the money but dreams of being a singer...sounds a lot like a script that had Elvis' fingerprints on it. Dennis Quaid is perfectly cast in this small, non-offensive drama, as a guy with a dream, a mean streak and a guitar who uses his status as a fighter to get a recording contract. He is helped by Stan Shaw and Pam Grier and his wife and makes it to Detroit for the National Tough Man competition. Nice to see Stan Shaw play a character who isn't barefoot and in overalls - he patented the backwards kid in the back woods in such movies as "The Great Santini" and "Fried Green Tomatoes."

Movie is a little dated and there's not a whole lot that is memorable, but on the other hand its not a waste of time either.


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