A simple self-destructive drifter and tough small-time boxer with a brain injury that could kill him meets and falls for a cute beach carnival owner, Ruby, but also befriends a sleazy friendly criminal, Wesley, who's planing a big score.
Charlie and his troublesome cousin Paulie decide to steal $150000 in order to back a "sure thing" race horse that Paulie has inside information on. The aftermath of the robbery gets them into serious trouble with the local Mafia boss and the corrupt New York City police department. Written by
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Though actor Mickey Rourke and the film's reported original director Michael Cimino did not work together on the production of this film, the pair did end up collaborating on another crime picture about a year later, on Year of the Dragon (1985). The two had previously worked together around four years earlier on Heaven's Gate (1980) and would collaborate again around six years later on Desperate Hours (1990). See more »
The sign concerning "Christmas Shopping" to the right of the front door in Barney's clock shop is missing the first letter "P" in some scenes, and it then reappears in other scenes. See more »
Nothing hurts as much as you think it will. You go numb... then you wrap your belt around your wrist and get to the nearest hospital.
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Charlie Moran (Rourke) seemed more like an Irish hood instead of an Italian. Rourke basically set a trend on the type of characters he plays. He's basically re-did this role again and again. And why not? He's great at it.
Eric Roberts is a chronic over actor. But unlike most, he can be so entertaining. Watching him chew the scenery here was the most fun. The whole "He should die, die, die...." scene after they get fired in the beginning is still a corker.
Daryl Hannah is not the best actress, but she seemed to thrive here as Charlie's straight girlfriend.
And kudos to Walsh, Young, McMillan (R.I.P), and the brilliant Geraldine Page (also R.I.P) for their roles. Page almost stole the film.
And I think Bedbug Eddie (Young) was based on the late NYC mafia leader Fat Tony Salerno. He also conducted most of his business in a no frills back room. He also didn't drink.
Good character study.
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